Friday , Jun , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Smith immediately eligible to play for Vols

Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – The University of Tennessee announced on
Friday that Tyler Smith is immediately eligible to play for the school after
transferring from Iowa.

Tennessee associate athletics director for compliance Brad Bertani was
notified on Friday by the NCAA that the Administrative Review Subcommittee was
granted. Smith can compete in the fall 2007 semester and will have three years
left of eligibility. A Tennessee native, Smith had wanted to be closer to his
father, who has cancer.

“This is really good news for Tyler, his family and the Tennessee basketball
program,” head coach Bruce Pearl said. “I am pleased to see the process work
and I believed all along that granting the waiver was the right decision. I am
looking forward to Tyler contributing to the team next year and I’m pleased
that his Dad will have an opportunity to watch him play in a Tennessee

Last year, Smith averaged 14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 30
games, including 28 starts.

“I’m appreciative of the University for working with the NCAA and their
support during this process,” Smith said. “I’m anxious to play and contribute
as a member of next year’s team.”