The third-ranked faculty baseball staff within the nation has suspended its head coach for its weekend collection on account of a “violation in the program.”
Tennessee introduced the suspension of Tony Vitello on Friday previous to the beginning of a three-game collection in opposition to the Dayton Flyers.
“The University and Coach Vitello are working collaboratively with the NCAA to address a violation in the program,” Tennessee athletics mentioned in a press release. “Coach Vitello will be suspended for this weekend’s series, with Josh Elander serving as acting head coach, and we will provide an update on Monday.”
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“Coach Vitello has acknowledged his mistake and accepted full responsibility. We appreciate his cooperation in the process and his dedication to do right by the student-athletes in the Tennessee baseball program. NCAA bylaws prohibit additional comment or details. The University will continue to emphasize-to all staff-the imperative of leading with honesty and integrity.”
The suspension is just not an NCAA suspension, based on the Knoxville News Sentinel.
While Tennessee didn’t go into specifics on the suspension, it comes as shortstop Maui Ahuna has but to be cleared to play after transferring from Kansas final June.
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Ahuna, a first-team all-Big 12 participant in 2022, has not appeared in Tennessee’s first six video games.
“I know professionals from different entities are working on it, which makes me feel as good as I can and, hopefully, him as good as he can about it,” Vitello mentioned Tuesday, based on Knox News. “People that are way more professional than me and a lot of people that are looking out for the kid’s sole interest. Hopefully, an update soon but I don’t have something specific now.”
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The Vols moved to 4-2 on Friday, defeating Dayton 12-2 on their residence subject.