KNOXVILLE — Three days before the 2017 Tennessee season finale, wide receiver Jauan Jennings posted a profanity-laced tirade directed towards the previous UT coaching staff on Instagram.
Jennings was dismissed from the program following the tirade.
Then Schiano Sunday happened the day after Tennessee lost in the season finale to Vanderbilt.
When then-AD John Currie attempted to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano as UT’s next head coach, the Volunteer fan base revolted against the hire.
Following the Schiano debacle, Currie continued an out-of-control coaching search that eventually cost him his job and opened an opportunity for Phillip Fulmer in being his replacement.
After Fulmer hired Jeremy Pruitt as head coach on Dec. 7, Jennings received another chance to be reinstated to the UT program.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native earned his spot back in the program by doing everything that Fulmer and Pruitt asked him to do.
Six games into the 2018 season, Jennings discussed about being reinstated for the first time.
“I was hoping and praying I would get a chance,” Jennings said. “My priority was not going anywhere else, so I didn’t even really think about going to play anywhere else. I was just focused on getting back on the team.
“It was kind of just both me reaching out to them and them reaching me out to me. We just got together and we hashed out the difficulties and now we’re here.”
Jennings said that Pruitt “wanted me to take care of things and mature up off the field.”
Jennings’ response was that he “would do so” and that Pruitt “just wanted me to buy into everything they wanted me to do.”
The 6-foot-3, 221-pound wide receiver has recorded 17 receptions for 207 yards and scored two touchdowns this season.