Dan Fleser: Cade Mays 1 Step Closer To Playing For The Vols

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - by Dan Fleser

KNOXVILLE – Cade Mays moved one big step closer to the playing field for Tennessee this fall.


The Vols offensive lineman, who transferred from Georgia during the offseason, has been granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA. He now awaits clearance from the SEC before being able to play this season. UT coach Jeremy Pruitt updated Mays’ status on a Zoom teleconference Thursday night.

“This has always been a two-step process,” Pruitt said.

“The next thing is the SEC, so it’s good that our governing body decided to allow him to play. Now, we go to the SEC, and I’ve not really had a chance to talk with (commissioner) Greg (Sankey) much about it.”


In the meantime, Pruitt paid his respects to Sankey’s role in guiding the conference during the COVID-19 pandemic. If a compliment serves UT’s purpose then Pruitt was wise to lavish the commissioner with praise. It’s worth noting that the SEC has not allowed immediate eligibility on intraconference transfers in the past.


Until recently, the conference wouldn’t allow graduate transfers to be eligible immediately if they transferred within the league. UT center Brandon Kennedy was one of the first exceptions. He got an extra season at Tennessee after suffering an ACL knee injury in the 2018 season opener against West Virginia. 


“I know this, and in this whole thing from this pandemic, Greg Sankey has done a great job from a leadership standpoint with everybody within the conference,” Pruitt said, “and his No. 1 thing has always been the protection of the players and putting our student-athletes first. I have a lot of confidence in the outcome.”


The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Mays, who was a five-star prospect at Knoxville’s Catholic High School, started 18 games in two seasons at Georgia. He’d be an immediate starter on Tennessee’s offensive line.


Mays’ parents filed a lawsuit against Georgia and others in December after Cade’s father, Kevin, an All-SEC lineman at Tennessee in the 1990s, suffered a partially severed pinkie in a folding chair during a recruiting visit to Athens, Ga., in 2017. Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs began representing Cade during his appeal.


Fellow UT lineman Trey Smith weighed in on Cade’s behalf in blunt fashion earlier this week before the NCAA ruling.


“The people eating and drinking in meeting rooms that don’t want to clear this kid who is busting his butt, sweating, bleeding and getting hit on the field consistently, then that’s their choice,” Smith said. “but do right by a kid who is trying to do right and bust his butt every day. That is how I look at it.”


One group of people has put down their knives and forks and heeded Smith’s words. Now it’s the SEC’s turn.

 

--------

Dan Fleser is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri, who covered University of Tennessee athletics from 1988-2019. He can be reached at danfleser3@gmail.com.


SEC FOOTBALL: Standings/Results/Schedule

Dalton State Women's Soccer With 7-1 Win Over Johnson

Dan Fleser: Vols Situation Following Bewildering Kentucky Loss Gets Even Weirder


Southeastern Conference Football: Standings, Results, Schedule 2020 SEC Standings – East Won-Lost (4) Georgia 3-1 (10) Florida ... (click for more)

he Dalton State Women's Soccer team got back on the winning track in a big way with a 7-1 road victory at Johnson (Tenn.) in non-conference soccer action in Knoxville, Tenn. on Monday evening. ... (click for more)

Tennessee’s 34-7 football loss to Kentucky on Saturday was bewildering in its nature and scope. The immediate fallout has done little to change the narrative. If anything, things got even ... (click for more)



Sports

SEC FOOTBALL: Standings/Results/Schedule

Southeastern Conference Football: Standings, Results, Schedule 2020 SEC Standings – East Won-Lost (4) Georgia 3-1 (10) Florida 2-1 Kentucky 2-2 South Carolina 2-2 Tennessee 2-2 Missouri 1-2 Vanderbilt ... (click for more)

Dalton State Women's Soccer With 7-1 Win Over Johnson

he Dalton State Women's Soccer team got back on the winning track in a big way with a 7-1 road victory at Johnson (Tenn.) in non-conference soccer action in Knoxville, Tenn. on Monday evening. THE FIRST HALF It didn't take long for the Lady Birds to get on the board as Caylee Carpenter and Emily Darnell knocked in goals in the first six minutes of play for a quick 2-0 lead. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

General Motors To Invest Nearly $2 Billion In Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant

Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and General Motors officials announced Tuesday that the automaker will invest nearly $2 billion in its Spring Hill manufacturing plant to build fully electric vehicles, including the all-new, luxury Cadillac LYRIQ. This announcement adds to the more than $2.3 billion GM has invested in ... (click for more)

Lepard Says City Council Resolution On City Dealings With His Lighting Firm Should Include Apology For Alleged Actions Of Berke, Hinton

The owner of Global Green Lighting said a City Council resolution regarding the disposal of millions of dollars worth of lights sold to the city should include an apology to his company. Don Lepard said Mayor Andy Berke and City Attorney Wade Hinton conspired to discredit his company. The council today was to consider a resolution that is critical of former City Attorney Hinton, ... (click for more)

Opinion

BBB Identity Protection Day Failure

I was truly disappointed in the BBB’s actions on Saturday. They advertised a Shred and Prescription Medication take-back day in order to help protect identity. It was advertised from 9 a.m.-noon. I arrived on Saturday before 11 a.m., more than an hour before the scheduled and advertised end. I found a line of cars going both ways on Lee Highway, blocking traffic in both directions. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Stewart Statue Will Stay

There is no doubt the Hamilton County Commissioners will respond negatively tomorrow when a petition that calls for the removal of a Civil War statue from the courthouse grounds is brought before the group. The nine-person board will likely defeat the petition by a very predictable 6-3 margin and, for what it’s worth, the Tennessee Historical Commission will almost certainly balk ... (click for more)