College Football

Vols: No run-in between Jones, player

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones high-fives fans along the Vol Walk before his team's NCAA college football game against Arkansas at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek is "very confident" there was "no inappropriate conduct" between Volunteers coach Butch Jones and a player.

While speaking Thursday to the Board of Trustees, Cheek said there were rumors and misinformation about "an alleged incident during football practice." The chancellor said he and athletic director Dave Hart have "done our due diligence" on this matter.

Cheek was responding to message board discussions and reports that Jones had a "physical altercation" with center Mack Crowder during a preseason practice. Jones said the allegation was "absolutely ridiculous."


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