Pearl Dismisses Two

Tennessee sophomore forward Duke Crews and sophomore guard Ramar Smith are being dismissed from the team.

Coach Bruce Pearl would not provide reasons for the dismissals, though he did say Friday that the two cases were unrelated and they stemmed from problems over a period of time rather than one specific incident.
``They did a lot of positive things in two years, but we have very, very high expectations for student athletes on and off the court,'' Pearl said before the team's end-of-season banquet, which was not attended by the two players.
Pearl said the two players did not meet his expectations after they were given every opportunity to succeed and instead will transfer to another school, though he did not specify where.
``We just felt like both University of Tennessee and the student-athletes would be better served to move on,'' Pearl said.
Smith spent half the season as a starting point guard, competing for time with senior Jordan Howell as he struggled with lackluster play.
The Mount Clemens, Mich., product who came in as a highly touted recruit, averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 assists last season.
Crews spent about a month on the bench with questions about whether he had a heart condition. The Hampton, Va., player was later cleared and allowed to return to play, finishing the season with an average 5.4 points and four rebounds.
Crews served a monthlong suspension before the season began for being late to several team functions and because a campus resident assistant found small amounts of marijuana in Crews' on-campus apartment. Charges were never filed against Crews, who shared the apartment with other students.

Advertisement

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Kansas vs. Iowa State Prediction Iowa State is a home underdog tonight against Kansas in Big 12 play. Are the Cyclones a good bet to cover when the teams tip-off at 9:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Syracuse vs. UNC Pick No. 11 North Carolina is a big favorite at home today when it welcomes Syracuse to town when they meet at 7PM ET.
Thumbnail Creighton vs. Xavier Pick It’s a huge Big East matchup today at 2PM ET when No. 15 Xavier hosts No. 8 Creighton. Which team has the edge?
Thumbnail USC vs. Colorado Prediction Colorado is a small home favorite tonight against USC in Pac-12 play. Are the Buffs worth a play for bettors?
Thumbnail Bearcats in business as Pirates await On Thursday, No. 22 Cincinnati eked out a 66-64 win over SMU. But will Mick Cronin’s crew have an easier time dispatching another American Athletic Conference rival...

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Team Pages