Thanks for posting that. Horrible story and one that hits close to home for anyone with a friend or family member who has gone through it. Oregon sure didn't do him any favors by giving him a place he could go to and keep doing drugs while they happily looked the other way. But hey, they got a couple of 1,000-yard rushing seasons out of him and a conference championship. Maybe they feel like it was worth it.
From Johnnie Jones to Reggie Cobb, Chuck Webb, Tony Thompson, Little Man Stewart, Aaron Hayden, Charlie Garner, Jay Graham, Jamal Lewis, Travis Henry, Shawn Bryson, Travis Stephens, Cedric Houston, Gerald Riggs, Arian Foster to Montarrio Hardesty was a hell of a run for UT running backs.
Actually drug testing for cannabis at that time was up to the school or maybe conference. Oregon did not test for that substance at that time while Tennessee and other schools in backwards parts of the country made a ridiculous choice to give themselves a disadvantage.
Actually, during that time, marijuana was viewed by most as a bad drug. Most schools, not backwards minded redneck universities in hickville, tested for it. Just say no was the motto of the time. Oregon was unique, and mostly did this to attract players to build their Nike program up from nothing. O Smith wasn't the only player during that time to transfer into Oregon.
I remember that shortly after Travis arrived at UT, he had to have his knee scoped. It only set him back a couple of weeks. (that in itself amazed the team and coaches) But to answer your question, Travis wasn’t happy with his playing time from the get go. Jamal was getting most of the playing time. That signing class was probably the most talented that Tennessee ever had.