Plans Fall Through For Smith and IU

Butler Community College linebacker and IU signee Vernon Smith was expected to be an immediate contributor for Coach Terry Hoeppner and the Hoosiers this fall, but that won't be happening after all...

Bloomington, Ind. – One of the most important signees of the Hoosiers' 2006 recruiting class won't be headed to Bloomington after all.

IU officials issued a release Friday confirming that Vernon Smith, a 5-11, 235-pound linebacker from Butler Community College won't be enrolling at IU this fall. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits the department for releasing the reason why the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native won't be in an IU uniform this fall.

A top junior college linebacker a year ago, Smith was expected to be an immediate contributor this fall for a defense that lost three senior linebackers in John Pannozzo, Kyle Killion and Josh Moore. A year ago Smith earned second-team all-conference honors after totaling 87 tackles, including 9 ½ for loss, for the Kansas-based junior college.

Smith's loss makes the linebacker spot a big concern for the IU staff heading into the fall. The only other linebacker on the IU roster who recorded at least 10 tackles a year ago was Geno Johnson, a freshman who finished with 22 stops in his rookie season.

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