The second day of SEC Media Days and the suspension of Tennessee Vols football player Ryan Thaxton lead the Volunteers news for Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
We’re onto the second day of the biggest circus in college football. And this time, it begins with bad news following the Tennessee Vols football program. Both will lead our news surrounding the UT athletic program.
Our updates on Rocky Top also include an unfortunate event involving an unpcoming Tennessee basketball player. Yes, there is still news on that front to bring you, and it makes its way into today updates. That’s two bits of bad news.
But there is some good news surrounding another football player who achieved some recognition on Monday. We’ll bring him up as well. However, let’s start with the major stories of the week surrounding any Southeastern Conference team.
Day 2 of SEC Media Days begins – SECSports
The first day of SEC Media Days involved Jimbo Fisher, now with the Texas A&M Aggies, giving high praise to Jeremy Pruitt. Day 2 includes referee Steve Shaw speaking, followed by Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs, Matt Luke and the Ole Miss Rebels, Chad Morris and the Arkansas Razorbacks and Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators.
"WATCH LIVE: SEC Network’s coverage of Media Days"
Ryan Thaxton suspended following arrest – Alex Scarborough, ESPN.com
Tennessee Vols sophomore defensive lineman Ryan Thaxton was arrested Sunday on domestic assault and false imprisonment charges. The news broke Monday just as they were beginning SEC Media Days, which was highly embarrassing. Thaxton has been suspended while the police and the university investigate.
"According to records obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel, Thaxton allegedly pushed his girlfriend into his dorm room and blocked her from leaving Sunday evening. He was arrested and ultimately released on $1,500 bond."
Nigel Warrior on Bednarik Watch List – Maxwell Football Club
Tennessee Vols safety Nigel Warrior has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award preseason watch list for the best defensive player in college football. Jeremy Pruitt coached the last two winners, Mikah Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Allen, as defensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
"The watch lists will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision programs and conferences from coast to coast."
Tennessee basketball 2019 commit breaks foot – Jesse Smithey, 5 star preps
Drew Pember, a 6’8″ 185-pound three-star power forward from Knoxville, Tenn., committed to Rick Barnes and the Vols for 2019. However, he broke his foot while playing AAU basketball over the weekend.
"If the doctors clear him Tuesday, Pember said he’ll still likely skip this weekend’s AAU event in Atlanta to rest his foot more. Pember plays for the BMaze Elite 17U team, which has qualified to play in the Under Armour Finals from July 25-27 in Las Vegas."