Cooter faces DUI charge
Jim Bob Cooter

Posted Jun 6, 2006


Jim Bob Cooter was such a brilliant student in junior high that he could’ve attended Chattanooga McCallie, a prestigious private school whose graduates usually attend Duke University. Instead, he enrolled at Lincoln County High in Fayetteville, where he made straight A’s. After scoring a 34 on the ACT, he was awarded a full academic scholarship by the University of Tennessee.

Although Cooter lacks the overall quarterbacking skills to earn significant playing time with the Vols, his quick mind has made him a valuable practice player. Former UT offensive coordinator Randy Sanders calls him “one of the smartest people I’ve ever been around.”

Even smart people have occasional lapses of judgment, though, and Cooter apparently had one last weekend. According to reports in today’s editions of The Tennessean, he was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday morning on a drunk-driving charge. Head coach Phillip Fulmer promptly suspended him for an indefinite period that will include Tennessee’s Sept. 2 opener with California.

Cooter reportedly was stopped by campus police at around 3:25 a.m. after running a stop sign on a campus-area street. The report says Cooter’s vehicle had been weaving and was in the wrong lane when police pulled him over.

According to The Tennessean, Cooter failed three sobriety tests and was taken to the UT police department. He registered 0.19 on a breathalyzer test, which is more than double the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

Cooter was charged with first-offense driving under the influence. A female passenger in his vehicle was charged with underage consumption.

A three-time member of the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll, Cooter already has earned his bachelor’s degree. He will compete as a graduate student for the 2006 Vols. By all accounts, he is one of the brightest students currently attending the University of Tennessee.

As noted previously, though, even smart people have occasional lapses of judgment. Jim Bob Cooter’s decision to get behind the wheel Saturday morning certainly qualifies on that score.


Related Stories
Cooter suspended
 -by InsideTennessee.com  Jun 5, 2006
Cooter's made a name for himself
 -by InsideTennessee.com  Dec 31, 2006
Cooter rejoins Vols as GA
 -by InsideTennessee.com  May 9, 2007

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Rocky Top Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from InsideTennessee.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
QB Jim Bob Cooter (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Lincoln County HS > Alumni
[View My HotList]