Janzen Jackson, who was suspended in 2009 against Memphis for testing positive for marijuana, has been dismissed from the Volunteers squad for what you could probably guess -- multiple positive drug tests. His dismissal comes after a tumultuous career at Tennessee with multiple suspensions, an arrest, left the squad and came back, and is now gone for good.
Head Coach Derek Dooley released the following statement regarding the dismissal:
"Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges, I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player's actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team. Although I'm disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee."
Jackson has allegedly battled substance problems for the last two and a half years. The unnamed source who leaked the information didn't mention what drug Jackson tested positive for. Jackson led the team with 5 interceptions last year, and has started 23 of the last 24 games at UT. He was expected to be an important part of the defense this year.