Colorado's potential quarterback of the future is now a thing of the past.

On Friday, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre announced that Sheriron Jones has been released from his scholarship, just two weeks after transferring from Tennessee.

The redshirt freshman is planning to return to Tennessee, taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows an athlete to return to his former school within 14 days of a transfer.

"My job is to work with the whole person," MacIntyre said in a press release. "Each player is unique and comes with unique needs and concerns. Throughout the past couple of weeks, Sheriron and I have spent a lot of time trying to sort out his circumstances. We have concluded that it is in his best interests for him to return to Tennessee."

Jones' departure seemingly came out of nowhere. Two weeks ago, he told that he was excited to become a Buff, where he could play in the Pac-12 and be closer to his southern California home.

"I really wanted to come closer to home," Jones said then. "It was kind of hard for my parents to get to Tennessee to see me play. I thought I'd be able to handle it being away from my parents, but I really wanted my parents to be able to see me play."

Jones did not respond to voicemail and text messages.

A four-star recruit from Rancho Verde High School in 2015, Jones nearly signed with CU out of high school and was eager to join CU this season. A dual threat quarterback, he would have had to sit out the 2016 season, but was considered a candidate for the starting job in 2017.


Jones now will return to the Volunteers, where he'll be able to play this fall.

Baham commits

Defensive back Ca'Ron Baham from John Ehret (La.) High School announced on Twitter that he has verbally committed to CU.

One of three John Ehret High teammates that visited CU last weekend, he told on Sunday night that he was down to CU and Tulane.

"After discussing my options with family and coaches I have decided to continue my career/education for the next 3 to 4 years at Colorado University," Baham tweeted.

Baham is the 13th player to verbally commit to the Buffs ahead of the Feb. 3 signing day. His prep teammates, Jarrius Wallace and Dejon Harris have not made their decisions.

Spring ball

According to, CU will begin spring practices on March 4, and the spring game is slated for April 9 at noon.

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