Update: Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt has clarified that Sapp did not “quit” the team at halftime, but was asked to leave the field after he refused to go into the game. His future with the team is up in the air.
Pruitt confirms that Quarte Sapp left the field, but clarifies that Sapp didn’t quit. Sapp was told to go in the game. Refused, and Pruitt says ‘I don’t know how things were here before but told him to leave.’ Adds that right now is not the time to discuss his status on the team.
— Rob Lewis (@Volquest_Rob) September 23, 2018
Earlier: A four-star Tennessee football player apparently quit his team at halftime of tonight’s game, according to reports that have since been confirmed by the Volunteers’ head coach.
Quart’e Sapp, a four-star linebacker from Georgia, reportedly quit the Tennessee team and ran off the field toward the end of the first half tonight. The Volunteers got crushed by Florida at Neyland Stadium.
“Quarte Sapp quit the team at halftime. True story. He ran off near the end of the 2nd, motioned to his mom (in front of us), and walked off the field,” tweeted one fan.
Quarte Sapp quit the team at halftime. True story. He ran off near the end of the 2nd, motioned to his mom (in front of us), and walked off the field.
— Uhtred Ragnarson (@TheRobertoUTVol) September 23, 2018
The quitting rumors were swirling about Sapp throughout the second half.
Rumors heating up that #Tennessee LB Quarte Sapp quit the team during halftime.
Can anyone confirm or deny this?
— Jordan Burns (@VolSportsTalkJB) September 23, 2018
Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt confirmed the Sapp news while speaking to reporters tonight. He says he told the former four-star recruit to leave the team.
“Since I’ve been here, he’s been a really good ambassador to our program. But he did. He left the field during the game because he didn’t go into the game when he asked,” he told reporters.
Pruitt said that he told Sapp to leave.
Pruitt on the reports of LB Quarte Sapp leaving the team at halftime of tonight’s game: “I told him to leave..” pic.twitter.com/dwPTN0zGtA
— 104-5 The Zone (@1045TheZone) September 23, 2018
Sapp’s status with the Tennessee program is now up in the air, but things aren’t looking good.
Pruitt says he asked Quarte Sapp to leave the field. His status on the team is still up in the air.
— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 23, 2018
Nothing is getting easier for Tennessee moving forward, either. The Vols are set to take on No. 2 Georgia in Athens next Saturday.