Tennessee football player Daniel Brooks was dismissed from the team Monday after a recent altercation on campus with basketball players Jemere Hendrix and Andre Patterson.
Hendrix was dismissed from the team and Patterson was suspended for their involvement in the incident, athletics director Mike Hamilton announced.
“There have been some issues in the past with these guys and this was just the final straw,” Hamilton told the Associated Press Tuesday. “In talking about and discussing it with our coaches and the kids, it was decided it needed to be the end.”
Brooks already had been suspended for the first three games of the season after a handful of off-the-field incidents during the offseason, including being accused more than once of hitting students.
Hendrix, a senior forward, had been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team since charges of marijuana possession and driving without a license were brought against him in Covington, Ga., in August.
Brooks told coaches he was confronted Monday afternoon by Patterson and Hendrix. Football coach Phillip Fulmer said Brooks did not start the most recent incident, but he was still at fault. Brooks was under a zero-tolerance policy after his offseason altercations.
“We have made every effort to help Daniel work through some issues,” Fulmer said in a release. “Unfortunately, we have decided it’s in everyone’s best interest to go our separate ways.”
Brooks, a junior linebacker, has played 21 games over the past two seasons, primarily on special teams. He was a top high school prospect coming out of Central-Merry High School in Jackson but never started a game. He was expected to redshirt this season.
The departure of Hendrix, a senior who transferred from Clemson in 2002, leaves Patterson and junior Major Wingate as the Vols’ only two returning post players this season. Patterson, a senior forward, started in 22 games last season and was one of Tennessee’s top rebounders.
“I am disappointed in Jemere and Andre,” basketball coach Bruce Pearl said in a release. “We set standards that we expect our student-athletes to adhere to both on and off the court. We will not tolerate anything less.”