Tennessee AD: Dismissed WR Jennings must earn reinstatement

Tennessee AD: Dismissed WR Jennings must earn reinstatement

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer slowed speculation Tuesday that wide receiver Jauan Jennings could be on the verge of reinstatement.

Jennings was dismissed by then-interim coach Brady Hoke at the end of the season after he posted a profane tirade about Volunteers coaches on Instagram.

"He’s got a lot to do to prove that he wants to be on this football team," Fulmer told local radio station WNML in Knoxville. "If history has any kind of truth to it, he won’t make it with what he’s done before. But if he changes and listens and learns and everything, then he’ll get there in the fall. It’s up to him. He can’t blame any other coaches. He can’t blame anybody else. It’s up to him."

Jennings missed almost all of the 2017 campaign due to injury. He had 40 receptions for 580 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, and caught the famous Hail Mary touchdown that beat Georgia.

"Jauan more embarrassed himself, really, than anybody else," added Fulmer.

Jennings has remained enrolled in classes at Tennessee since his dismissal from the football team.

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