Whether charges are dropped or not, neither Janzen Jackson nor the other two Tennessee players arrested Thursday will play in Saturday's game against Mississippi.
According to UT spokesperson Tiffany Carpenter, Jackson, Nu'Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards are not listed on the travel roster for the trip to Oxford, Miss., this afternoon. ...
Richardson, 18, of Florida, remained at the Knox County Detention Facility in lieu of $19,500 bond, Knox County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley said.
This isn't particularly stunning, as Lane Kiffin and the Vols would have been mercilessly criticized if they had allowed alleged felons to participate in a football game two days later. But it's the first word from Tennessee confirming that they won't play. Jackson, whose attorney has vigorously proclaimed his innocence, is likely the largest loss for the Vols. Despite all the buzz generated by Richardson's recruitment, he has been a relatively minor offensive cog in most of the Tennessee football games. Edwards has also been less than a star, though all of these men are freshmen. Which might explain both their impact and their alleged actions earlier this week.