Report: Antone Davis Resigned Due to “Hostile Work Environment”

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    It was reported earlier on Wednesday afternoon that Vol For Life Coordinator Antone Davis had turned in his two-weeks notice and was resigning from his position. Now a report from 247Sports claims Davis resigned due to a “hostile work environment.”

    The report states that Davis was made to “drive to and from away games” this season if he wanted to travel with the team. He was asked to provide his own travel arrangements as well. Davis had been allowed to fly on team charters in the past.

    The source in the article also claims that Davis had his job responsibilities continually taken away, and that led to his resignation. Davis nor the source elaborated on what responsibilities were taken away.

    The VFL Coordinator position was created by Derek Dooley shortly after he was hired as Tennessee’s head football coach in January of 2010. Andre Lott was the first VFL Coordinator, and Davis was hired on for the position in August of 2012 after Lott had been let go from the position in July of the same year.

    A description of the job is as follows:

    The four-year VFL curriculum focuses on the often-overlooked personal growth of the student-athlete, encompassing the following topics: character education, personal finance, life skills, career development, spiritual growth, community service, mental conditioning, personal branding and navigating the social media landscape.

    It is unknown at this time if a replacement will be hired to fill the spot Davis leaves behind.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.