It is only the third day of spring practice and Tennessee’s Coach Derek Dooley is already on the defensive. Star receiver Da’Rick Rogers did not attend practice today and Coach Dooley was quite evasive in his explanation of Rogers’ absence. Dooley insisted that Rogers is “not suspended” from the team and could return at any time, as soon as he completes some unidentified task.
"Da'Rick, he's got some things he's got to do internally and when he does them, he'll be back," said Dooley after today's practice. "It's kind of an internal, team issue. And it's something he's just got to finish doing some stuff and when he does, he'll be back."
Dooley described it as a “complex situation.”
Meanwhile, Rogers was sending out some evasive tweets yesterday indicating that he might be considering a transfer to Georgia State:
“Georgia State. Wasup?”
Rogers’ skill and athleticism have never been in doubt, though his maturity and attitude have been questioned many times since his arrival in Knoxville. In a recent incident Rogers was reported to have physically threatened a UT strength coach.
Dooley may feel that he needs his highly talented receiver as he enters his third season, which could be his last without some degree of success. However, he also runs the risk of losing control of his team if the inmates are allowed to run the asylum.