Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jordan Allen put his name in the NCAA transfer portal in December and was looking for somewhere to play outside of Tennessee next season. But his mother wasn’t having it.
Allen removed his name from the new NCAA transfer portal online this past week, and apparently his mother was a big reason why. According to a post online gathered by Luke Slabaugh of WVLT, Allen’s mother told him that he shouldn’t transfer from UT after just one season with the Vols.
Allen’s mother, Lisa, stated that she went to all of Jordan’s games to be there for him after he “walked off that field without playing as much as he anticipated.” But she said that when he told her he wanted to transfer, she wouldn’t allow it.
“When he told me he wanted to be closer (transfer) in the spring (NOW) I had to say HELL NO,” she wrote on her post. “You have to compete, go harder, get stronger, this will prepare you for all the competition at the next level.”
Here’s her full post:
#Vols LB Jordan Allen withdrew his name from the transfer portal this week. He’ll be a Vol in 2019.
One person to thank: his mother, Lisa McGee, who said “HELL NO” to him leaving Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/WTsP7x4kZ8
— Luke Slabaugh (@LukeSlabaugh) January 5, 2019
Allen signed with Tennessee as part of their 2018 signing class and joined the Vols as a four-star junior college linebacker out of City College of San Francisco. The 6-foot-4, 242-pound Allen only appeared in nine games this past season and totaled six tackles and a pass defended.
Though his first year in Knoxville didn’t go as planned, it now appears Allen will remain with the Vols and try and make next season a better one for both him and the team.
As for Lisa, she’s confident in her parenting skills.
“Mama ain’t raised no punk,” she wrote to close out her post. “Back to Tennessee it is!”