Austin Pope explains decision to remain with Tennessee football after exploring transfer

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Austin Pope peeked at the transfer market, but in the end he decided to finish his college football career where it began: at Tennessee.

Pope, a senior tight end, announced Sunday that he will remove his name from the NCAA transfer portal, and he intends to use his final year of eligibility with the Vols in 2021.

“After considering of a number of other excellent football programs, along with some unfortunate family circumstances, I have decided that my love for the University of Tennessee and its football program runs too deep to leave with so many loose ends,” Pope said in a statement to Knox News. “I have officially decided that I will withdraw from the transfer portal. The love I have for my own family, as well as my Vol family, has led me to this decision – The University of Tennessee is my home.”

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