Mitchell was arrested in the wee hours of the morning on May 1 at a campus-area convenience store. Police reports say he threatened to "knock out" a fellow customer, then became resistant and verbally abusive as an officer tried to escort him from the store. Police indicated they smelled alcohol on Mitchell.
Head coach Phillip Fulmer put Mitchell on indefinite suspension immediately following the incident and dismissed redshirt freshman defensive lineman Raymond Henderson later the same day for an "inappropriate" comment to a young girl. That evening Fulmer called a team meeting during which he reportedly became so upset that he threw water bottles.
The May 1 incident was the first for Mitchell in four years with the Vols. Fulmer is on record saying the player can rejoin the team if he avoids further mishaps and completes some punishments assigned by the head coach.