Jimmy’s blog: Could Banks be reinstated to Tennessee team?

By Jimmy Hyams

Tennessee sophomore linebacker Jeremy Banks was dismissed from the team last fall after a video surfaced of him making inappropriate comments in the back of a police vehicle.

Since then, Banks has done well in class, saying he had a GPA of over 3.0.

After the dismissal by the previous football staff of Jauan Jennings in November 2017, UT coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer reinstated Jennings and he performed at a high level the past two years.

Could UT also reinstate Banks?

During an interview on The Sports Animal WNML radio, Pruitt initially said he would only comment on the current players “because we have a whole lot of them that have done a lot of really good thinks over the past three or four months.’’

But then Pruitt talked about Banks.

“You know, Jeremy Banks is a guy I believe in and I think has a bright future,’’ Pruitt said. “Can he learn from his mistakes? Sure he can.

“You know, we’ve all make mistakes. Just in this day and time with social media, the mistake Jeremy made was something that will never go away. It’s something that hopefully he’ll learn from and he can use it as motivation and possibly impact other people so they don’t make the same mistakes he made.’’

Whether Banks gets a second chance at Tennessee remains to be seen.

Banks is enrolled at UT this semester.

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