Tennessee Dismisses QB Kaidon Salter

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    After being arrested this past weekend for marijuana possession, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel has dismissed quarterback Kaidon Salter from the program. This should not come as much of a shock to fans, as he had just returned to the team from a spring suspension.

    Tennessee Athletics released a statement.

    “Kaidon Salter has been dismissed from our football program. We wish Kaidon and his family all the best In his future endeavors.”

    That’ll do it, what the coaching staff once thought was a promising situation, has turned into a dismissal.

    According to UT police records, both players face misdemeanor charges that include simple possession, after their vehicle was stopped early Saturday morning on Cumberland avenue. Salter admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle, approximately 4 grams. Adding to the problem was Salter telling the passenger (McNeill) to throw the marijuana out of the vehicle, according to the police report. Which they found in front of the vehicle, according to the report.

    This is not the first time that Salter has been in trouble while in Knoxville, as he was just reinstated to the football team in early June, coming off a suspension for a previous off-field incident. The QB from Texas missed all of Spring practice due to suspension, along with other players.

    Salter was also charged with driving without a license, display of registration plates (A tinted plate over vehicle registration), violation of the light law (no tail lights) and confiscation.

    According to police records, Amari McNeill admitted to throwing a bag of marijuana from the vehicle, “in hopes of avoiding detection”. He was charged with simple possession and released from the scene, according to police report.

    The quarterback room just got a bit smaller, not what Tennessee coaches would’ve wanted.


    Trey Wallace is a Knoxville-based journalist who has been covering University of Tennessee athletics since early 2018. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football's biggest stories. His vast social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of Vol Nation's most trusted sources. Wallace was born and raised in Mobile, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He loves the mountains as much as the beach and looks forward to living in East Tennessee for many years to come.