McDaniel to be arraigned

Tony McDaniel, one of Tennessee's most talented defensive tackles, is scheduled for arraignment today in Knox County General Sessions Court. Most likely, a date for his preliminary hearing will be set.

McDaniel, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound sophomore from Columbia, S.C., was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly punching out a fellow student during a pickup basketball game Jan. 12 at the UT recreation center.

In a worst-case scenario, McDaniel could be found guilty of felony assault and face three to six years in jail. The best-case scenario would be for the parties to agree on a reduced charge classifying the crime as a misdemeanor.

McDaniel allegedly struck 26-year-old Edward Goodrich with a punch that broke four bones in his face. Goodrich maintains the attack was not provoked. According to today's editions of The Knoxville News-Sentinel, however, law enforcement officials have a tape of the incident which supposedly shows McDaniel being knocked to the floor by Goodrich prior to the punch being thrown.

McDaniel is suspended indefinitely from the football team. His future with the program will be determined by the university's judicial affairs committee.

McDaniel made his first career start in Tennessee's most recent game, the Vols' 38-7 Cotton Bowl defeat of Texas A&M.


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