KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin said the decision to dismiss freshmen wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards was the best option for his team.
The pair, along with safety Janzen Jackson, were charged in an attempted armed robbery outside a Knoxville convenience store on Thursday.
Kiffin said he was waiting to make a decision on Jackson's future until he obtained more information about the freshman's role in the incident.
The coach said Tuesday he had spoken to parents of several players by phone to assure them Tennessee would not keep problem players around their sons.
Volunteers senior defensive tackle Dan Williams said Kiffin made the right decision and that the remaining players understand Kiffin wants to run a clean program.
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