Tennessee suspends four players for academic reasons

Tennessee guard Jannah Tucker must sit out two games.

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The Tennessee women’s basketball team has suspended four players for academic reasons.

Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said Wednesday that guards Ariel Massengale and Andraya Carter would miss one game and forward Cierra Burdick and guard Jannah Tucker would miss two because they did "not live up to our academic standards."

Tucker’s punishment won’t take effect until she has fully recovered from a knee injury. The others will miss fourth-ranked Tennessee’s Nov. 14 opener against Penn and the Nov. 17 game versus Oral Roberts. They also won’t play in Sunday’s exhibition game with Carson-Newman.

Warlick says some of her academic rules include not missing a class. The coach said: "You miss a class, you miss a game. You’ve got to sit in the first three rows. You can’t be late."