published Friday, April 24th, 2009

Coleman says he’s left UT football program

Sophomore quarterback B.J. Coleman informed the Times Free Press on Thursday afternoon that he has left the University of Tennessee football program.

Mr. Coleman, a former McCallie School star, said he was frustrated by what he called a “lack of opportunity” to win the starting job.

“It’s the best move for me,” he said. “What changed my mind is, after this spring, I don’t see myself getting a fair shake. Based on conversations with coaches and things that happened this spring, I feel the staff has goals that do not include me.”

He has given no indication of where he might be transferring.

Mr. Coleman said he asked for an assurance that his spring performance at UT had earned him a chance for more plays with the first-team offense. When he was not given that assurance, he informed the coaches he would be transferring, he said.

The last two weeks of practice, Mr. Coleman took most of the snaps with the second team, while senior-to-be Jonathan Crompton took most of the first-team repetitions. Nick Stephens, who will be a junior, is another Vols quarterback who started games last season.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 23 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including nine in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated ...

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