Jump to content
Countdown To Christmas!



RobVOL

Tennessee football: Dissecting the Jeremy Banks rumors

Recommended Posts

It all started Saturday afternoon, when news broke that Jeremy Banks did not travel with Tennessee football to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. The news was already odd, as he never did seem hurt, but he could have gotten hurt in practice, and reports surfaced that he was sick.

However, as the Vols were in the midst of arguably the worst defensive performance in history, allowing South Carolina to score touchdowns on nine of their 10 offensive possessions in that game, rumors began to swirl that he was suspended internally. It started on Twitter.

By the end, there were two narratives, both of which involved Banks fighting Hendon Hooker. One narrative said it was about Banks stepping on the Power T in the locker room and Hooker confronting him over not the doing push-ups required when a player does that.

Another, seemingly more likely narrative, is that they were fighting over NIL money. Reports also surfaced that Joe Milton III got in between them, some going as far as to say that he broke Banks’ jaw. What has the most legs, though, at its root, is that Banks was suspended for fighting Hooker.

One final piece of this is that Tennessee football’s defense allegedly quit on the team over Banks being suspended. So how true is all of this? Well, after Monday’s press conference, we can safely say there is some legitimacy to it.

When asked directly about the situation in his Monday press conference, Josh Heupel dodged the question. Keep in mind, he was asked specifically if Banks was out due to a suspension and if it specifically had something to do with an altercation between him and Hooker.

“We anticipate Jeremy being with us here this week,” he said in his response. “As far as what transpired and those type of things, at the end of the day, he wasn’t available this (past) Saturday.”

How could anybody look at that quote and not assume that the rumor is at least partially true? It pretty much confirms that, and it also adds to what Heupel said in his postgame press conference Saturday, which first made the rumor seem legitimate.

Heupel said he hoped the loss would sting even for players who didn’t make the trip in that presser. That was an odd thing to say, and seemed like a direct shot at Banks. It came after Chris Fowler reported Banks being out for an “unspecified reason” in the game and the rumors exploding on Twitter.

To be fair to Banks, he said it wasn’t about any conflict in an Instagram story Sunday night. However, given the rumors on Twitter, what Heupel said Saturday and then Monday when confronted directly about what happened and Fowler’s comments, there is something there.

We’ll probably never get the full story, but the rumors explain a lot. Sure, the Vols’ secondary has issues. It’s also true that they probably entered without the right intensity given Saturday’s slate of close games. However, none of that would explain such a horrendous performance.

Only something like the rumored Banks drama creeping into their minds could result in them playing that poorly. Whether it was them quitting or just feeling a type of way about the situation is a different question, but either could have a huge impact.

 

READ ON!

 

ALLFORTENNESSEE.COM

It all started Saturday afternoon, when news broke that Jeremy Banks did not travel with Tennessee football to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. The news ...

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
 
 

Man oh man, this is no good, when a team starts fighting with in, it will effect every aspect of the team 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Booster friend says Banks skipped out on practice early in the week, and for that he didn't travel. At a different time Hooker told him something about stepping on the PowerT, and Banks told Hooker to go sit on a weenie... 

 

There are rules, sometimes it's not easy to make sense out of them. One is attending practice, not so hard to make sense out of that.

 

The team rule is stepping on the PowerT requires push-ups. So you do'em while everybody else stands around making jokes. You don't refuse, and act like you're better than the guys who done the push-ups before or after. That's how you create division, and piss off your teammates. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
 

I think the coaches were trying to be father figures and friends to these players, just to gain their respect, and probably overlooked some of the stuff that was going on. But Banks has been trouble since he got to Knoxville. I hate to say this, but he should have never been reinstated on the team!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

I think that my favorite Vol, Jeremy Banks is the locker room poison I've been hearing rumors about. 

 

Yeow!  :4_11_5[1]:

 

There. I said it... I'm not happy about it. 

 

"We kill cops where I come from."... Said one dumbass Jeremy Banks sitting in the backseat of a Knoxville Police car and told his arresting officers. He be thugging', ya know. Got to have the upper hand, and all that 'chit.  :oops:

 

He was cut from the team... And he done what he had to do to make it back. Played his ass off last yr, I stood TFU and cheered!!!

 

Jeremy is my favorite player because he plays with reckless abandon. I know, he had a lot of aggression penalties. And I believe they've talked him into turning down the volume on that. But damn that guy's fierce.  

 

I like that in a middle linebacker.  :ohyeah:

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
2 hours ago, okfloray said:

I think that my favorite Vol, Jeremy Banks is the locker room poison I've been hearing rumors about. 

 

Yeow!  :4_11_5[1]:

 

There. I said it... I'm not happy about it. 

 

"We kill cops where I come from."... Said one dumbass Jeremy Banks sitting in the backseat of a Knoxville Police car and told his arresting officers. He be thugging', ya know. Got to have the upper hand, and all that 'chit.  :oops:

 

He was cut from the team... And he done what he had to do to make it back. Played his ass off last yr, I stood TFU and cheered!!!

 

Jeremy is my favorite player because he plays with reckless abandon. I know, he had a lot of aggression penalties. And I believe they've talked him into turning down the volume on that. But damn that guy's fierce.  

 

I like that in a middle linebacker.  :ohyeah:

 

He is also a damn thug! So I guess you like thugs!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
9 hours ago, Pickle1 said:

He is also a damn thug! So I guess you like thugs!

Naw, I don't express any delusional cognitive dissonance. I like th'Vols. 

 

For all I know JB was caught driving somebody else's car around campus without a license. And then got mouthy with the cops. Sounds more like something a pretender would do. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Jeremy Banks, he played one Hella game vs Vanderbilt. Someone said "The motor the defense runs on".

 

:nana: Sure looked like it...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now