Tennessee suspends baseball coach Tony Vitello for Dayton sequence

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee suspended baseball coach Tony Vitello on Friday for the Volunteers’ weekend sequence with Dayton whereas college officers, Vitello and the NCAA deal with a violation in this method.

officers introduced the suspension proper earlier than the third-ranked Volunteers opened a three-recreation set with Dayton. Josh Elander is changing Vitello as appearing head coach. The college acknowledged an replace will in all probability be supplied Monday.

“Coach Vitello has acknowledged his mistake and accepted full accountability,” Tennessee acknowledged in an announcement. “We respect his cooperation inside the method and his dedication to do proper by the scholar-athletes inside the Tennessee baseball program.”

Tennessee cited NCAA bylaws for stopping any extra particulars being launched. however shortstop Maui Ahuna has but to be cleared to play for Tennessee after transferring to the varsity final June.

Ahuna was an All-massive 12 participant at Kansas who batted .396 with eight homers and forty eight RBIs. The Vols have been the No. 1 whole seed inside the NCAA match final yr, solely to lose to Notre Dame inside the large regionals.

Vitello was suspended for 4 video games final season by the NCAA for chest-bumping umpire Jeffrey Macias all through a confrontation in a recreation in the direction of Alabama. Vitello teamed up with a fraternity to increase money for the Wounded Warriors challenge with a chest bump for a $2 donation.


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