Bryce Brown Texts His Tennessee Exit
Derek Dooley told a Rotary Club luncheon that "I said that I was open to Bryce coming back on the condition that he wanted to unpack his bags and put his heart into this program. I fully expect Bryce not to be on our team."
There was speculation Brown was to meet with Dooley, in his office, this week, but that face-to-face meeting appears be on hold -- forever.
For months, many around college football have speculated that Brown would eventually join his brother Arthur -- formerly of Miami -- at Kansas State. Brown had a productive true freshman season for the Volunteers with almost 500 rushing yards but dealt with injuries and the breakout rise of senior back Montario Hardesty. He was considered among the nation's top recruits and was the jewel of now-despised former coach Lane Kiffin's first, and only, signing class in Knoxville.
This being Bryce Brown, where delay and uncertainty is the norm, his departure isn't anywhere close to final. Although Dooley has made it fairly clear Brown won't be with his program, he still needs to gain a release if he is to play elsewhere. Guess who holds the keys to that happening?
"The reason it has continued on is because Bryce has not come to me, looked me in the eye and said I want a release to so-and-so school. At some point, that's got to happen," Dooley told that same Rotary club.
Good luck seeing that happen anytime soon. At some point one side or the other will have to drop some pride and officially cut ties. Thanks to not doing this face-to-face the first time, the public is likely squarely against Brown maneuvering out of this without making his way to Dooley's office.