The third ranked college baseball team in the country has suspended its head coach for its weekend series due to a «program violation.»
Tennessee announced the suspension of Tony Vitello Friday before the start of a three-game series against the Dayton Flyers.
«The University and Coach Vitello are working in collaboration with the NCAA to address a violation in the program.» Tennessee athletics he said in a statement. «Coach Vitello will be suspended for this weekend’s series, with Josh Elander serving as interim head coach, and we’ll provide an update on Monday.»
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«Coach Vitello acknowledged his mistake and accepted full responsibility. We appreciate his cooperation in the process and his dedication to doing the right thing on behalf of the student-athletes in the Tennessee baseball program. NCAA bylaws prohibit comment or additional details. The University will continue to emphasize to all staff the imperative to lead with honesty and integrity.»
The suspension is not an NCAA suspension, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
While Tennessee would not go into details about the suspension, it comes as shortstop Maui Ahuna has yet to be cleared to play after transferring from Kansas last June.
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Ahuna, a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2022, has not appeared in tennessee first six games.
«I know professionals from different entities are working on it, which makes me feel as good as possible and hopefully him as well as possible,» Vitello said Tuesday, according to Knox News. «People who are much more professional than me and a lot of people who are looking for the sole interest of children. Hopefully an update soon, but I don’t have anything specific right now.»
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The Vols moved to 4-2 on Friday, defeating Dayton 12-2 at home.