Vols dismiss Treyvon Paulk from team after domestic assault allegation
By Dustin Dopirak, Knoxville News Sentinel
Tennessee freshman running back Treyvon Paulk. Photo by Adam Lau/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
Tennessee freshman running back Treyvon Paulk was dismissed from the football team Monday after an alleged domestic assault incident on Saturday night.
According to a release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, an 18-year-old woman told a Sheriff's Office Family Crisis detective Sunday that Paulk, identified as her ex-boyfriend, struck her in the mouth with his fist at a party at Quarry Trail Apartments on Saturday. The report said the woman had cuts to her lips, but refused medical treatment. As of Monday, she has refused to prosecute or take out an order of protection.
Paulk, an Alpharetta, Ga., native, had not played yet this season because he was still dealing with a season-ending knee injury last year and he was expected to redshirt. Paulk played just four games as a high school senior, but rushed for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior at Milton High School.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones opened his press conference on Monday by saying that Paulk had been dismissed from the program because of a personal conduct issue.