According to a Knox County Sheriff's Office report, Chelsea Reese said Sunday that she was talking with Paulk, who she described as her ex-boyfriend, when an argument ensued. The report states Paulk ''became very agitated and struck Ms. Reese in the mouth with his fist'' and that Reese had cuts but refused medical treatment.
Sheriff's office spokeswoman Martha Dooley said Monday that Paulk wouldn't be arrested because Reese has declined to press charges or take out an order of protection.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced Monday at his weekly news conference that Paulk was dismissed from the team due to a ''personal conduct issue,'' though he declined to elaborate.
''We hold our players to have very high standard and expectation with being a member of our football family,'' Jones said.
Paulk, a freshman from Alpharetta, Georgia, hadn't appeared in any of Tennessee's first three games. Paulk was rated as a three-star prospect by most recruiting services when he signed with Tennessee in February.
Tennessee (2-1, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) is playing at No. 12 Georgia (2-1, 0-1) on Saturday.