Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer announced Monday that quarterback Jim Bob Cooter has been indefinitely suspended from the team for a violation of team rules following his arrest early Saturday for driving under the influence.
“Jim Bob has let the team down and embarrassed himself and his family by his actions,” Fulmer said. “He has benefited greatly by being part of the Tennessee family, and with that comes great responsibility for his actions. He did not behave in a responsible manner, and he understands very clearly that even though this is his first offense, there will be consequences.
“He will be suspended indefinitely from the team and is suspended from the first game. He also will undergo an extensive alcohol evaluation in addition to a number of internal requirements to return to the team.”
Cooter, who earned his bachelor's degree in May and will be playing this fall as a graduate student issued a statement through the University.
“I'm sorry I let down my family, my team, my coaches and the fans,” Cooter said. “The coaches have instilled a sense of discipline in our program, and we all understand that we need to be accountable for our actions. I'm thankful for the coaching staff for giving me a second chance.”