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Tyler Smith may yet be a Vol

Tyler Smith may yet be a Vol

Two years ago, a University of Tennessee basketball signee was convinced by a family member to renege. Now, in what could be the ultimate irony, the same man who stopped the prospect from becoming a Vol in 2005 may cause him to be a Vol in 2007.

The player in question: Tyler Smith. The family member: Billy Smith, his dad. Tyler was a five-star recruit out of Pulaski who signed with the Vols in November of 2004. Shortly after Bruce Pearl succeeded Buzz Peterson as Tennessee's head coach in March of 2005, however, Tyler's allegiance to the Big Orange made an abrupt U-turn. Billy Smith made no secret of his dislike for Pearl and requested...

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