The Arnett family for years has been tight. I never knew the conditions for my Father would worsen like this. Two heart attacks and dialysis has made it so I cannot focus on anything but his health and well being. I never imagined being unable to have my dad at any games or me being able to see him as he endures his battle with his health. Yes I want to play football; however, I need to be there for my dad and with my family while still pursuing my goal of being the best student-athlete I can be.
My mom is in a financial bind as my father was forced to retire from his job at General Motors because of a Lung Disease and is on disability. I started receiving social security checks for a monthly payment of 1100 a month. I was 14 years old when most of this occurred so I was unable to receive my own check until I turned 18 years old so she always controlled my money and she used that as part of her income. When I turned 18 years old the checks came in my name but my mom and I always shared the funds with her. When June came upon my graduation I received a letter from the social security administration that my checks would be cut when I graduated so $1100.00 of income was taken from my mother's household. She only attended one game this past season.
As this season went on I never was use to my parents not being at my games so it made the season a little harder for me but I still competed hard in my classes as my transcript grades from last semester were three B's and C and I appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman this season working hard every each week to earn my playing time.
Coach Dooley, myself or anybody else know what the future holds for my father and I feel that I represented the University of Tennessee the best way I can on and off the field. I feel I have earned the right to be released unconditional to all schools in Michigan especially with The University of Tennessee not scheduling any program from the state of Michigan on their current or future schedules.
Coach Dooley has singled two programs that I can't get an unconditional release to and they are the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
He told me I can attend any Mid American Conference school I want and if I wanted to attend either The University of Michigan or Michigan State University I would have to pay for school instead of be on scholarship. I don't know what's next. My family can't afford to pay for school and my father's poor health isn't a good enough excuse for me to attend a BCS school close to home.
Therefore as a student athlete I feel coach Dooley is trying to hinder my success by not allowing me to compete at a BCS level and neglecting the fact my father is severely ill.