Jauan Jennings took to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon to go on a profanity-laced rant directed towards Tennessee’s coaching staff. And just hours after that post went up, Tennessee announced they have dismissed the receiver from the team.
In a press release, interim head coach Brady Hoke stated this about Jennings:
“In consultation with Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics John Currie, I have made the decision to dismiss Jauan Jennings from our program. Representing the University of Tennessee football program is a privilege.”
Jennings was a junior wide receiver heading into the 2017 season but missed almost the entire year because of injury. He hurt his wrist in the season-opener against Georgia Tech and hasn’t played since. He finished this year with just three catches for 17 yards.
Jennings broke onto the scene in 2016 during a stellar sophomore campaign. He caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven scores and had two of the most memorable catches in recent history for the Vols. Jennings caught the game-winning Hail Mary pass against Georgia and also famously hauled in a 67-yard touchdown over Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor during the Vols’ 38-28 streak-busting victory over the Gators.
In his video, Jennings called Tennessee’s coaches “liars” and said he hoped Tennessee would bring in a “good coach” who wanted “more than a paycheck.” He dropped many profanities in his video and called out all of Tennessee’s coaching staff, not just a single coach.
Jennings had recently announced his intent to return to the Vols in 2018. His dismissal from the team will leave the Vols without a scholarship senior or redshirt junior at wide receiver for next season.