No, Not Yet: Janzen Jackson's Return Too Soon To Vols

John WhiteCorrespondent IIINovember 25, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24:  Marquis Maze #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this reception against Janzen Jackson #15 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I was about to say that Lane Kiffin was setting a decent example for diciplinary measures and now Janzen Jackson may very well take the field against Kentucky.

The District Attorney has dropped the charges against Jackson due to insufficient evidence and Kiffin has allowed him to return to participating in team activities saying he felt bad for what Jackson had been through.

The Vols can use him, he was missed in the Ole Miss game that's for sure however I don't think the outcome would have been any different but the scoreboard deficit might have been a few points less.

I think Jackson has superb abilities that could manifest into All-American status and you can visibly see where his contributions are missed each game but by allowing him to play against Kentucky would send the wrong message to future players.

I am not the judge or the jury but there is guilt by association and I have to question whether or not three games of suspension is enough punishment. After all, two players were sent packing for their part in that evening's activities. What about the pot they found?

Yeah, I'm sure it was oregano and it all belonged to the girl; nobody inhaled either. Come on. The pot in itself would have warranted a huge suspension. You can only deny this stuff so many times and I wonder what will happen in the future by setting the bar so low.

That's really the issue here, Tennessee should set the bar a lot higher for the citizenship expectations. I would say the same thing if it was a senior that was one vote from the Heisman, the Vols can't set standards that allow room for error when the University and an entire team and faculty are so publicly scrutinized.

Should Jackson be allowed to return to team activities? Sure, next year when he really regrets  being involved with those knuckleheads but not now not while the ink on the arrest report is still wet.

I do feel sorry that Jackson was in the wrong place but he isn't free from wrongdoing, he did climb in the car with those folks and I have to believe he had some idea about the personalities of each person. If he knew there was any chance that there might be a little a smoking he should have never buckled up much less take a ride.

You might say that three games would be enough punishment for what occurred but don't turn a blind eye to the lesser offenses just because the cops let them slide. Lane I really hope you read this because the eyes of Tennessee are upon you.

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