Jauan Jennings was dismissed from the Tennessee football program on the final week of the regular season after he posted a seething Instagram live video. The video berated the current staff, along with Vanderbilt.
Interim head coach Brady Hoke announced that Jennings was kicked off the team on a Nashville sports radio show later that day. Hoke announced that the decision was made by he and then AD John Currie.
Lost in the wild coaching search was an apology from Jennings. Now it appears that he might just want a second chance with Tennessee. According to Trey Wallace, Jennings wants to meet with new Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer and Jeremy Pruitt. John Brice notes that he’s heard the same rumblings.
Was told a bit ago that Jauan Jennings is hoping to at least meet with new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt & AD Phillip Fulmer in regards to possibly being allowed back into the program. He is currently not enrolled at Tennessee according to database.— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) December 16, 2017
Hearing same. Jauan is not at all a bad dude. Deserves a zero-strikes chance https://t.co/GHV1y1Tp8l— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) December 16, 2017
It is at least worth noting that Jennings was dismissed by the previous regime. Would Fulmer and Pruitt consider adding Jennings back? Who knows. Tennessee seemed to get their side of the story out quickly, with Jimmy Hyams releasing details of the dismissal. If any of that is true, I would have a hard time seeing Jennings return to the program.
Jennings entered the 2017 season as one of the most important playmakers on the team. His injury against Georgia Tech forced him to miss the rest of the season, delivering a huge blow to the Tennessee offense.
He was generating plenty of NFL buzz entering his junior year, but his injury and now his off the field issues have certainly impacted those aspirations. We’ll see if this new administration gives him another chance.