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Another take on Tyler

Another take on Tyler

When Pulaski's Tyler Smith signed a University of Tennessee basketball scholarship with Buzz Peterson in November of 2004 – only to wind up attending Hargrave Military – all sorts of explanations surfaced.

The most popular version held that Billy Smith, Tyler's dad, did not trust Bruce Pearl, who replaced Peterson in March of 2005. When Billy asked Pearl to release Tyler from his scholarship, Pearl reportedly balked. Tyler supposedly responded by letting his classwork slip so he wouldn't graduate on time, thereby nullifying his UT scholarship. After a year of prep school at Hargrave, Tyler signed...

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