KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Receiver James Banks won't play again
Banks was dismissed from the team in December, but recently
contacted coach Phillip Fulmer to ask for another chance. Fulmer
and athletic director Mike Hamilton had no intention of reinstating
"We wish him luck. We wish him success. Sorry it didn't work
out here, but he's obviously not going to be returning to
Tennessee," Hamilton said Tuesday.
Fulmer told Banks when they first talked it was unlikely he
would be allowed to return.
"He wanted to talk to Mike or the president. I told him I
didn't think it would do any good, but he was welcome to that,"
Fulmer said Tuesday.
Banks led the Volunteers in receiving in 2003. He was suspended
several times last year for a variety of problems, including being
cited for underage drinking and violating the city noise ordinance.
Both charges eventually were dropped.
Banks then hurt his knee and had surgery. He said later he was
smoking marijuana and deliberately submitted a diluted drug test
sample before being dismissed from the team.
Banks enrolled this spring at Division III Franklin College just
south of Indianapolis to improve his grades. He hopes to play
football again at another school this fall.
Banks is among 11 Tennessee football players who have been
arrested or cited by police since February 2004. Five of them,
including Banks, eventually left the team due to dismissal,
transfer or graduation.