Four members of the Tennessee Volunteers were arrested today, and as more details emerge, the picture is getting worse and worse for Tennessee. Per Tennessee beat writer Wes Rucker, of the Chattanooga Free-Press, the players were stopped for speeding at 11:27 am. Upon approaching, the officers found a veritable cornucopia of contraband—two guns were found under the two fronts, drugs, and an open container of alcohol.
It’s crazy to think that star college athletes could be foolish enough to tempt fate by driving around with any of those things, but all three at once? Jeez.
Further compounding matters, one of the guns had a serial number that had been partially altered, making the possession of that weapon a felony offense. The altered gun was found under Tyler Smith’s seat, though it’s unclear whether it belonged to him, or one of the other passengers. Again, it’s all sort of surreal right now, especially given the involvement of Tyler Smith, who’s emergence as a star for UT over the past few years—in the wake of his father’s tragic passing—has been one of the more heartwarming stories in college basketball.
We’ll have more news as it emerges, but especially considering the reports of filed off serial numbers and felony charges, it appears this situation could have very serious implications for the players involved. Stay tuned.