Mayo cleared of charges

Tennessee's football team continues to move toward participation and out of litigation.

Mere days after defensive tackle Tony McDaniel rejoined the team following resolution of an assault charge, Vol teammates Jerod Mayo and Robert Ayers have had their legal issues resolved, as well. Mayo, a linebacker, and Ayers, a defensive end, were charged in connection with an altercation at the University Center several months ago.

Mayo, who denied any participation in the incident, was cleared of all charges. Head coach Phillip Fulmer stated early on that he felt Mayo had been the victim of "mistaken identity."

Ayers, who admitted striking a fellow student during the incident, has been placed on probation by the university, with any credits he achieved during summer school rescinded. Like McDaniel, Ayers' punishment from Fulmer will be curfew, community service, anger-management counseling and sitting out the first two games of the 2005 season.

In a statement released by the university, Fulmer had this to say:

"I am pleased to have this resolved. These off-the-field issues have been a distraction for our program and are embarrassing to the many young men in the program that are doing great things.

"I was glad to see Jerod Mayo cleared of any issues. As far as Robert, the punishment from the university is a loss of the summer sessions and indefinite probation. Internally, he will have curfew for the fall semester, community service, anger management counseling and a suspension for the first two games of the 2005 season."

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