Mike Edwards and Nu'Keese Richardson have been dismissed from the Volunteers football team.

Lane Kiffin has made his first pronouncement on the Thursday incident:  Mike Edwards and Nu'Keese Richardson are no longer Tennessee Volunteers:

After extensive and thorough research of the situation over the last four days and considering various disciplinary options, I’ve decided it’s in the best interest of our program to remove Nu’Keese and Mike.  As I’ve said many times before, we hold our student-athletes to an extremely high standard on and off the field. Our student-athletes must be responsible members of society, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated.

(per GVX)

This is no surprise to anybody who's been following the situation.  Neither they nor Janzen Jackson have been involved with any team functions at any level since the incident.  The case against Edwards and Richardson was fairly decisive, as they were the two to approach the car.  Jackson's case is far trickier, and the extra time needed for judgment is going to be very important.

The reasons for the expulsion are further explained by Kiffin:

We want a positive culture for our student-athletes that allows them to succeed in the classroom, on the field, and in life after college. My hope is that these two young men will learn from their terrible decision. Clearly, their actions have no place in our program.

We now await (with much patience) word on Janzen Jackson.  Don't expect anything soon on him; the devil will truly be in the details with him.  But so far, Lane Kiffin passes the first test of team discipline:  even his own prized recruits are not above the law, no matter what Zickefoose may think.

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