By The Associated Press
10:01 PM CDT, July 27, 2010
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says he still hasn't talked to running back Bryce Brown about the possibility of returning to the Volunteers.
Dooley announced in March that Brown had decided to leave the program. At a Knoxville Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, the coach said Brown hasn't approached him to ask for a release from Tennessee to join another program either, which he acknowledged was "bizarre."
Dooley says he's been open to the possibility of the would-be sophomore returning but also did not expect that to happen.
A university spokesman would not comment on reports that Brown missed a planned meeting with the coach.
The Wichita native averaged 38.3 yards in 12 games as a freshman in 2009.
Brown was rated as one of the top recruits in the nation in 2009, and his recruitment process drew a lot of attention thanks to his relationship with adviser Brian Butler.
The NCAA investigated whether money was improperly raised for Brown to visit colleges while in high school. Neither Brown nor Tennessee, who was not recruiting him at the time, were punished.
Brown originally committed to Miami, where his brother, Arthur Brown Jr., played but instead signed at Tennessee after Lane Kiffin was hired as coach.
In January, Kiffin left Tennessee to coach at Southern California and Arthur Brown left Miami and enrolled at Kansas State earlier this year.
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