An 18-year-old UT student filed a police report and sought an order of protection against former UT basketball player Yemi Makanjuola after an alleged sexual assault that reportedly occurred in February during the heart of the team's SEC schedule. Makanjuola was granted a release from the team on Saturday.
With the addition of five scholarship newcomers and the loss of just three scholarship seniors, it was only a question of who, not if someone from the 2012-13 roster would part ways with the program due to NCAA regulations that limit basketball teams to 13 scholarship players.
When it was announced by head coach Cuonzo Martin that Makanjuola was granted a release, no legal charges were mentioned in the official UT statement.
"Yemi and I came to a mutual agreement that it would be in his best interest for him to get a fresh start with a new program," Martin said. "Yemi is leaving Tennessee on good terms. He's respected by his teammates and coaches, we all appreciate the work he's put in during his time here and I'm confident that he'll be successful."
Makanjuola appeared in 28 games and averaged 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds a game as a sophomore in 2012-13.
The 6-foot-9 center scored a season-high nine points and grabbed eight rebounds against Wichita State — an eventual Final Four team — in a game at Thompson-Boling Arena on Dec. 13.
He is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, and majored in sports management during his time at UT.