Mostella dismissed from Vols basketball team after police visit dorm multiple times

NASHVILLE,TN - MARCH 11, 2016 - Guard Detrick Mostella #15 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the SEC Basketball Tournament game between the LSU Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Photo By Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Junior guard Detrick Mostella has been dismissed from the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program.

(Photo: KCSO)
(Photo: KCSO)

A release from the university Tuesday night says head coach Rick Barnes dismissed Mostella for violating team rules.

According to the police report, drugs were found inside Mostella’s dorm room in Volunteer Hall by an residential adviser during a fire drill on August 30. A brown leafy substance was on a coffee table inside the dorm apartment. Investigators say the substance smelled like tobacco and dried green stems, believed to be marijuana, was also found.

On September 2, university police came to Volunteer Hall to respond to a report of a student having a firearm. A student claimed that she was with Mostella when he carried a handgun out of his room. However after a search of Mostella’s room and the dorm’s bathroom area, no handgun was found. The student told police that he did not have a vehicle on campus.

University police came back to the dorm on December 16 to respond to a report of loud music and an odor of marijuana. Mostella was issued a misdemeanor citation for drug paraphernalia possession.

“I’ve always been very clear about the standards that members of this program will be held to,” Barnes said. “Those standards are very high, and Detrick unfortunately has not lived up to them.”

Mostella appeared in 80 career games, making 95 three-pointers. He was averaging a career best 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season.


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