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Staff photo by C. B. Schmelter / Tennessee running back Jeremy Banks smiles during the Vol Walk before a home game against Florida in September 2018.

Updated with more information at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2019.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt announced Friday afternoon that sophomore linebacker Jeremy Banks had been dismissed from the program, capping a chaotic week ahead of the Volunteers' game against third-ranked Georgia on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

"While I will continue to support Jeremy in the next steps in his life, information I recently received made it clear that this decision is in the best interest of the football program and the university," Pruitt said in a university release.

Later in the day, TMZ released a video in which Banks threatens to "smack" a woman outside of a party in downtown Knoxville on Aug. 24. According to TMZ's article accompanying the video, he did so after she refused to let him inside.

In the video, she can be heard saying "You've been harassing me for months," and Banks is also seen arguing with security guards after not being let in.

"Way before all this football (stuff), I've been thugging," he told the security guards.

He then knocks the device out of the hand of the person recording.

The woman told TMZ she called 911 and that police responded but did not arrest Banks. In the video, the woman says she plans to send the video to his coach, presumably Pruitt.

Banks was later found to have violated the student code of conduct, according to TMZ. The University of Tennessee Police Department was contacted about the investigation earlier this week and on Friday issued a statement to TMZ that said "the university of Tennessee Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards handles reports related to violations of the student code of conduct. Records of student conduct cases are protected by federal student privacy laws."

School officials later ordered Banks to stay away from his accuser as they investigated the matter, according to TMZ.

Earlier this week, video surfaced of Banks' arrest in the early hours of Sept. 15 for an outstanding warrant due to an unpaid fine. He had initially been pulled over due to making an illegal U-turn on campus.

While being taken in, Banks told someone in the front seat whom he referred to as an "intern" officer (the person was on a ride-along with the arresting officer) that "where I'm from, we shoot at cops. I'm from Memphis, Tennessee." Banks is from Cordova, which is about 20 miles east of Memphis.

Banks apologized for his actions in a statement released late Tuesday by the university's athletic department. The next day, Pruitt said the matter had been "handled internally."

A backup this season on defense who also played running back during his time at Tennessee, Banks had two interceptions in the Volunteers' lone win this season, a 45-0 victory over the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns in 2018 before being moved to defense due to a lack of depth at linebacker.

The dismissal leaves Tennessee with five players at inside linebacker: senior Daniel Bituli, freshman Henry To'o To'o, sophomore Solon Page, redshirt freshman J.J. Peterson and freshman Aaron Beasley, who has spent time at safety, linebacker and running back in practice.

Tennessee (1-3, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) faces Georgia (4-0, 1-0) at 7, with ESPN televising the game.

Contact Gene Henley at ghenley@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @genehenley3 or at Facebook.com/VolsUpdate.

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