A new head coach and new athletic director at Tennessee has possibly opened the door for former Vols receiver Jauan Jennings to return to the program not long after his exit.
Jennings, who was booted from the team by then-interim head coach Brady Hoke and then-interim athletic director John Currie after a social media outburst less than a month ago, had already expressed that he wanted to be a Vol again.
Now the wheels may be in motion for that to happen, according to Trey Wallace of The Read Optional.
Was told a bit ago that Jauan Jennings is hoping to at least meet with new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt & AD Phillip Fulmer in regards to possibly being allowed back into the program. He is currently not enrolled at Tennessee according to database.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) December 16, 2017
Not long after his dismissal from the program, Jennings posted this apology on Instagram and vowed to do whatever it took to return to Knoxville. The video is courtesy of broadcaster Chierstin Susel.
Jauan Jennings apologizes for his actions, says he's going to work to try to get back on the team. pic.twitter.com/8zx7o2k2D2
— Chierstin Susel (@ChierstinSusel) November 26, 2017
“I want to first acknowledge the fact that I was wrong to do this and apologize to my family, my team, the administration and all of Vol Nation for my actions,” Jennings said. “I’m a Vol for life, and I bleed orange and white. I plan to work hard with our new athletic director and whoever our new coach and do whatever to be placed back on the team.”
This season, Jennings only managed to play in the season opener against Georgia Tech but left that game in the second quarter after dislocating his wrist, which required surgery.
In 2016, Jennings recorded 40 catches for 580 yards and 7 TDs, all of those marks being second on the team.
We’ll keep you posted if anything develops from this news regarding Jennings’ future with the Vols.