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Tennessee dismisses Tyler Smith from team

Already reeling after the suspension of four players, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl dismissed senior swingman Tyler Smith from the team, it was announced today.

Smith and three other Volunteer players, Melvin Goins, Cameron Tatum and Brian Williams face misdemeanor gun, drug and alcohol charges.

The four players were stopped in a rental car on January 1. Police officers reportedly found a handgun with an altered serial number, an open container of alcohol and marijuana.

Smith (11.7 ppg, 3.7 ast) was second on the team in scoring and the Volunteers leading assist man.

Goins, Tatum and Williams have all been suspended indefinitely.

"I am truly sorry for my actions in the recent case that everyone is familiar with," Smith said in a statement. "From the beginning, I have accepted responsibility for my actions and what I have been charged with, and I am very sorry that my decisions have affected Brian, Cam and Melvin."

The 16th-ranked Volunteers (11-2) face No.1 Kansas (14-0) on Sunday.

This was the second incident involving Tennesse athletes in the last two-plus months. In November, three Volunteer freshmen football players were arrested and charged with attempted robbery.

Two of the three players, wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards, were dismissed from the school.

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