Tenn. Player Quits Team Via Text Bryce Brown is out, electronically By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Jul 28, 2010 12:44 PM CDT 5 comments Comments Tennessee running back Bryce Brown (11) runs the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) (Newser) – The fact that Tennessee running back Bryce Brown decided to leave the Volunteers isn't a major shock—he bailed on spring practice, and many assumed he'd jump ship after Lane Kiffin bolted for USC, reports Sporting News. But the way he did it—by sending head coach Derek Dooley a text—is raising a few eyebrows. Especially when you consider that Brown, declared the class of 2009's No. 1 recruit by Rivals.com, can't join a new school's team until he gets a formal release from Tennessee. Click here for Dooley's harsh reaction.