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Posted: Wednesday October 28, 2009 4:43PM; Updated: Wednesday October 28, 2009 4:43PM

Vols' Tabb withdraws from school

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Tennessee guard Josh Tabb has withdrawn from school

The senior said he wanted to spend time with his ill mother

He was suspended indefinitely by Bruce Pearl in September

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee senior guard Josh Tabb has withdrawn from school to spend time with his ill mother in Illinois.

Tabb had been indefinitely suspended by coach Bruce Pearl on Sept. 18 for violating team rules.

Pearl said Wednesday that Tabb has had a tough year and needed to be near his family.

The Carbonondale, Ill., native was one of the Vols' stronger defenders and averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 assists per game in three seasons.

He was part of three 20-win seasons with the Vols, played in a pair of NCAA tournament regional semifinals and was part of Tennessee's 2008 Southeastern Conference championship team.

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