No. 3 Tennessee suspends baseball coach Vitello


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  • Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Tennessee suspended baseball coach Tony Vitello on Friday for the Volunteers’ weekend series with Dayton while university authorities, Vitello and the NCAA deal with an offense in the program.

Officials revealed the suspension right prior to the third-ranked Volunteers opened a three-game set with Dayton. Josh Elander is changing Vitello as acting head coach. The university stated an upgrade will be supplied Monday.

” Coach Vitello has actually acknowledged his error and accepted complete obligation,” Tennessee stated in a declaration. “We value his cooperation at the same time and his devotion to do right by the student-athletes in the Tennessee baseball program.”

Tennessee pointed out NCAA laws for avoiding any additional information being launched. Shortstop Maui Ahuna has yet to be cleared to play for Tennessee after moving to the school last June.

Ahuna was an All-Big 12 gamer at Kansas who batted.396 with 8 homers and 48 RBIs. The Vols were the No. 1 general seed in the NCAA competition in 2015, just to lose to Notre Dame in the extremely regionals.

Vitello was suspended for 4 video games last season by the NCAA for chest-bumping umpire Jeffrey Macias throughout a conflict in a video game versus Alabama. Vitello partnered with a fraternity to raise cash for the Wounded Warriors Project with a chest bump for a $2 contribution.

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