Tiger family speaks about Jeremy Hunt's dismissal - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tiger family speaks about Jeremy Hunt's dismissal

Great Coaches will tell you it takes courage, passion, and heart to make it as an athlete.  Coach John calipari and other members of the Tiger family say thats exactly what Jeremy Hunt will need as he looks to life off the court. Tennis shoes on hardwood is the sound of basketball. It's a sound the U of M's Jeremy Hunt won't hear up close this season. The Tigers dismissed Hunt Tuesday for off-court bad behavior. 

Coach John Calipari said, "I'm really proud of the fact that we've been fair, we were fair in January we were fair this time," said Calipari.

Hunts past troubles include a misdemeanor assault charge filed by an ex-girlfriend early this year and allegations of his involvement in a Beale street brawl this September. Hunt will remain on scholarship, on track to get his degree. Something coach cal say's he'll need if basketball doesn't work out.

"He wants to be a professional athlete, his knee may not permit it, second knee operation," Calipari said. 

No one knows what Hunt is up against more than some former Tigers.

Andre Turner said, "There a lot of people behind him that know he's a good kid, bottom line we wish the best for him."

"Right now some of the things he's going through are real challenging, I know he feels like the world is against him so hopefully he'll come back out hold his head up and do better," said Cedric Henderson.

And facing a tough 2005 schedule Coach Cal is hoping for the best for his now Hunt-less Tigers

"WIth Jeremy we're 56 and 13, without Jeremy we were 16 and 16. This hurts, but we're doing the right thing," said Calipari.

We tried to Call Jeremy Hunt but we're unable to reach him. Coach Cal says if he continues going to class he is on track to graduate next spring.

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