Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings has reportedly been dismissed from the football program by interim coach Brady Hoke after consultation with athletic director John Currie, according to 104.5-The Zone’s 3HL radio program in Nashville.
Tennessee has since released a statement announcing Jennings’ dismissal.
Jennings went on a rant during an Instagram Live post on Wednesday in which he criticized the Vols’ coaching staff for apparently preventing him from playing in Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt after sitting out the majority of the season with a wrist injury, while making a plea for the next coach to be “honest.”
Here’s a transcript of Jennings’ video:
(Warning some language is NSFW)
“Please send us a great coaching staff.”
“I’m leaving. I’m going back home. (In response to his status for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.”
“I was practicing to play against Vanderbilt…I can’t stand those b*****s, each and every one of them. Real deal, trying to come back but you got some lying ass coaches. Lying ass b*****s.”
“Bring us a coaching staff that is honest and we’ll do everything for everything that will do for the kids.”
Sources told SEC Country that there was no previous report of Jennings making his return from injury on Saturday. The junior wide receiver sat in the stands at Neyland Stadium during last week’s loss to LSU.
Jennings suffered the injury during the second quarter of Tennessee’s 42-41 overtime win over Georgia Tech in Week 1 and was originally expected to miss up to 12 weeks of action due to a dislocated wrist, according to Volquest.com.
Jennings was the Vols’ leading returning receiver with 40 receptions for 580 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. He emerged as a favorite among Vol fans after recording a big touchdown during the team’s win against Florida, as well as a 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown to defeat Georgia last season.