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Tony Vitello Reinstated To Baseball Program After Brief Suspension

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Tennessee head coach Tony Vitello. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

Tennessee baseball coach Tony Vitello is rejoining his team Monday after serving a three-game suspension over the weekend for the Vols’ series against Dayton.

“We are pleased to announce that Coach Vitello has completed his three-game suspension,” Tennessee said in a statement. “He will be back in the dugout leading our baseball team tomorrow.”

The Vols begin a two-game midweek bout with Charleston Southern Tuesday afternoon before hosting reigning WAC Champion Gonzaga to Lindsey Nelson Stadium this weekend.

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Tennessee announcing Vitello’s official return to the team came shortly after Maui Ahuna received eligibility from the NCAA after sitting out the first eight games of the season.

Vitello’s suspension came from the university and stemmed from Tennessee’s recruitment of Ahuna. The Vols made impermissible contact in the recruitment which led to a NCAA inquiry into said recruitment.

Tennessee fared just fine against Dayton with Vitello sidelined, sweeping the Flyers by a combined score of 22-3 over the three contests. Josh Elander served as the acting head coach while Vitello served his suspension.

First pitch between the Vols and Bucs is at 4:30 p.m. ET Tuesday afternoon.

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