Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has dismissed star forward Tyler Smith from the team following gun and drug charges:
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl dismissed forward Tyler Smith from the team on Friday, a week after his arrest with three other players on misdemeanor gun and drug charges.
The other three players will continue to serve their suspensions when No. 16 Tennessee hosts No. 1 Kansas on Sunday.
How this will affect Tennessee is unclear. Smith was a major contributor, but Pearl, besides being a great coach, has recruited well for the Vols and his roster doesn't lack talent even without Smith. The Vols' depth will be a liability as long as Tatum, Williams, and Goins are out, but if those three return--and you have to think they will considering that they weren't dismissed along with Smith--I expect Tennessee to continue to be one of the better teams in the league. Their chances of competing against Kentucky for SEC supremacy may have taken a hit, though.