Accused UT safety won’t pay on field
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 3:28 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee safety Darren Myles Jr. won’t miss playing time as punishment for his arrest on public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.
A team spokesman says coach Derek Dooley will handle Myles’ punishment internally within the Volunteers’ system and reiterated his disappointment in Myles after the freshman performed so well during the team’s spring practice period.
Knoxville police arrested Myles early April 18 after bouncers removed him from a restaurant and nightclub for being disorderly.
Officers say they observed him riding on the hood of a vehicle in the parking lot.
Myles had a key interception in Tennessee’s spring game the day before and was presented with the Vols’ Fourth Quarter Award by coaches for dedication to the program.
CHARITY WORK: Tennessee forward Steven Pearl will travel with others to Odessa, Ukraine, in June to administer a sports and wellness clinic at a home for abandoned and abused Jewish children.
The trip is organized by Maccabi USA, a Jewish athletic organization. The rising senior led the Maccabi USA team last summer to the gold medal in the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Pearl, son of Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, says he expects the children he meets at the Tikva Children’s Home to have a greater impact on his life than he will on theirs.
The sports clinic will focus on exercise and general wellness and provide instruction in basketball.
CHINA-BOUND: Tennessee guard Skylar McBee is part of an 11-player team of current NCAA Division I players that will travel to China for some games this summer.
The team is organized by Kentucky-based Christian sports ministry Sports Reach and will play nine games against teams from the Chinese Basketball Association in May.
McBee, a rising sophomore from Rutledge, has traveled on mission trips to Belize and had planned to travel to Haiti this summer until Tennessee assistant coach Steve Forbes recommended him for the Sports Reach team.
A few of his teammates hail from the Volunteers’ biggest rival. Kentucky forward/center Josh Harrelson and guard Jon Hood will also play for the team.