Tony McDaniel update

There's a pretty good chance defensive tackle Tony McDaniel will be back with the Vol football team in 2005.

McDaniel has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching out a fellow student during a pickup basketball game at the UT recreation center. He is currently suspended from the football team. If he is suspended from school, he almost certainly will miss the coming season.

However, The Tennessean reports that there is a proposal in place that would allow him to remain in school on a probationary status. If this proposal is accepted and McDaniel's attorney can convince the complainant to accept a reduced charge (making the crime a misdemeanor, rather than a felony), McDaniel could be wearing orange next fall.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer says he won't comment on McDaniel's case until the judicial process is completed. McDaniel is due in court March 7 ... three days before spring practice begins.

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