McNeil suspended, Turner dismissed

Posted Mar 6, 2007

Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer this week took disciplinary action against two Volunteers who were involved in separate violations of team rules. One was dismissed, the other suspended.

Center Josh McNeil, who started the last nine games of 2006 at center, was suspended after being cited for underage drinking. Linebacker James Turner was dismissed following an unspecified violation of team rules.

"Josh McNeil was cited for underage consumption and public intoxication Sunday morning," Fulmer said in a statement released by the UT sports information office.

"I am very concerned about Josh. He has embarrassed himself and his wonderful mom and dad, and he has let this team down. He will be suspended for five practices during the spring. He will not be allowed to leave for Spring Break and will be required to perform community service along with internal punishment. He also will be required to have an alcohol assessment to determine what measures to take for his physical and mental wellbeing and health.

"Josh is a good young man from a good family, and we will continue to try to help him as long as he tries to help himself."

Fulmer made no comment regarding the dismissal of Turner, a rising senior from Augusta, Ark., who saw mopup duty in his first three years with the program.

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