Last week, Tennessee point guard Trae Golden announced he would be transferring from the university to play elsewhere for his senior season. The move was a complete surprise to Vols fans, as they’d heard nothing about Golden potentially looking to leave the school.
Many outlets first reported that Golden had academic issues, namely “repeated plagiarism”, and was basically forced out. His father denied those reports however. From govolsxtra.com:
“Contacted Wednesday afternoon, Robert Golden, Trae’s father, initially declined comment. He then, however, called Tuesday’s reports “totally inaccurate.”
“No, no, no,” he said regarding Golden’s alleged academic issues. “It’s not that. My son, he’s fine in that area. He’s just going to pursue some other opportunities.””
Yesterday, another seemingly related bit of information was reported by WNML out of Knoxville:
“The Sports Animal has learned that Jenny Wright, director of the office of student judicial affairs, has been terminated for failure to cooperate with a UT investigation into whether she had inappropriate relations with student-athletes. One of those athletes, we’re told by sources, is former UT basketball player Trae Golden.”
Wright’s information has been removed from the Tennessee website. Her Twitter account has also been deactivated.
The allegations, if true, could shine some light on the reason for Golden’s surprise transfer. It could also mean there are more UT athletes implicated.
Golden was the team’s starting point guard the past two seasons. He averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 assists per game in 2012-2013.