Kirkland arrested for fighting

Tennessee tight end Aaron Kirkland has been charged with disorderly conduct after a recent arrest for fighting near ''The Strip'' on Cumberland Avenue.

Vol head man Phillip Fulmer says Kirkland will remain on the team, adding that the incident will be ''managed internally.''

The Knoxville News-Sentinel and The Tennessean quote a Knox County Sheriff's report as noting that Kirkland was arrested at 2:49 a.m. on May 4 for "physically fighting'' with another man in an alley near Cumberland Avenue.

"I have talked to Aaron, and it will be managed internally and he will be disciplined,'' Fulmer told The News-Sentinel. "Aaron came to me the day after it happened and we discussed the details of the situation. His degree of involvement was limited, but he knows this isn't the way we do business.''

Fulmer said that, "to his knowledge,'' there were no other football players involved in the scuffle.

Kirkland, a sophomore from Fayetteville, N.C., is a former prep All-American with excellent potential. He played sparingly during the 2002 regular season and did not catch a pass. He was academically ineligible for the Peach Bowl and participated on a very limited basis in spring practice due to class conflicts.

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