Vols Athletic Director John Currie has been talkative this week, but the statement he released Wednesday morning was reactionary unlike his Vol Network radio appearance Monday evening.
It was reported Tuesday, by The Read Optional, that Vols offensive tackle Brett Kendrick played “at least two quarters” of the Kentucky game with a concussion.
Obviously, that has caused some uproar among Tennessee fans as the immediate future of head coach Butch Jones could be affected by that report.
We spent the first half of our Wednesday show on A to Z Sports discussing the report.
Following our show, John Currie released this statement responding to the Kendrick concussion report:
“The health and safety of our student-athletes is our number one responsibility. Our sports medicine staff and team medical personnel have full autonomy and unquestioned authority during all team activities, including the ability to remove a player from competition and ‘return to play’ decisions. At all football games, the Southeastern Conference has a trained independent medical observer present who also has full authority to stop play and remove a student-athlete from competition assessment and/or treatment.
“We have a constant and consistently communicated expectation that all coaches, staff and student-athletes remain attentive to ensure that any potential injuries are appropriately addressed-with full intentions that student-athlete safety is never compromised.”
Butch Jones meets with the media Wednesday afternoon, as he does each week. We expect this to be a topic Jones will be asked about and will continue to follow up updates on AtoZSportsNashville.com.
The Vols are getting ready for their homecoming game against Southern Miss Saturday at 7:30 ET.
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