Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says running back Bryce Brown has left the Volunteers' program.
Dooley says Brown told him Thursday, the first day of the Vols' spring practice, that he was dealing with personal and family problems. Brown was not present for practice.
The Wichita, Kan., native averaged 38.3 yards in 12 games as a freshman in 2009.
Brown was one of the top recruits in the nation in 2009, and 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.
Dooley says Brown will remain enrolled at Tennessee for the rest of the spring semester. He did not indicate if he would then transfer elsewhere.