KNOXVILLE - Tennessee has dismissed Cameron Clear from its football team, the program announced late Friday morning.
The sophomore tight end was arrested on Tuesday after he was caught by UT police with a stolen laptop. He was charged with felony theft of property between $1,000 and $10,000 and spent most of Tuesday in jail.
Volunteers coach Derek Dooley suspended Clear indefinitely on Wednesday and after meeting with Clear said Wednesday night he needed to finish gathering information before making a decision.
"It hurts anytime a player is dismissed from the program, but there comes a time when a player's actions dictate that his privilege of being a part of this team should be removed," Dooley said in UT's release.
"We will continue to support Cam and his family to help him learn from his actions and become the person and player I believe he has the potential to be.”
Clear, the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Memphis native, caught just one pass as a freshman, but he finished the season as the Vols' second tight end, left spring practice last month in the same spot and figured to have an expanded role next fall.
See Saturday's Times Free Press for the full story.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...