Bret Smith ineligible

TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Tennessee announced Saturday that senior wide receiver Bret Smith will not be participating in the Volunteers' Jan. 1 Outback Bowl matchup versus Penn State University.

"Our standard practice is always to review processes and outcomes," UT athletics director Mike Hamilton said. "After examining further Bret's academic performance this semester, the institution determined that he is not eligible to participate in the bowl game. He returned to Arkansas this morning. The University of Tennessee has strong academic programs, and we want our student-athletes to achieve great things in the classroom as well as on the field."

Head coach Phillip Fulmer added, "It will be disappointing not to have Bret. However, our academic processes are important to us all, and we will follow academic procedures and err on the side of caution."

Tennessee led the Southeastern Conference with a program-best 30 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections in 2005, the most recent year in which figures were released. In addition UT had 42 football players who made the Thornton Center Academic Honor Roll with a GPA of at least 3.0. Tennessee had 34 players make that honor roll this past spring.

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