Head coach Phillip Fulmer described the incident as ''stupid, immature and irresponsible.'' The Vol boss said he was unaware of the 15-month-old charge until he looked into Campbell's recent arrest for violating Knoxville's noise ordinance and driving on a suspended license.
Upon stopping Campbell on the noise-ordinance violation, Knoxville police checked his record and discovered an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on the shoplifting charge. They arrested him, took him into custody and booked him but later released him on $500 bond.
Fulmer recently suspended Campbell for the season opener Sept. 3 against Alabama-Birmingham. The head man also added a game to the suspension of linebacker Daniel Brooks, who was cited June 14 by police for following too closely and driving on a suspended license after rear-ending a fellow motorist on campus. Brooks already was suspended for Games 1 and 2 for his involvement in several on-campus fights with fraternity members.
Fulmer removed both players from scholarship for the second session of summer school, then suggested they get jobs and pay their own way if they need to attend classes this summer.
All told, 13 Vols have been cited or arrested by Knoxville police since February of 2004. Clearly, these latest incidents have pushed Fulmer's patience to the breaking point.
"If they want to do something else or go somewhere else, they can do it," the Vol coach told The Tennessean. "I'm not putting up with any more of this. I think they will do what they need to do, but we will see."