Tennessee Coach Butch Jones offers an replace Wednesday forward of the Southern Miss recreation Saturday.
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University of Tennessee soccer crew Vol For Life director Antone Davis, Friday, July 22, 2016.(Photo: AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)
Volunteer for Life coordinator Antone Davis mentioned he was resigning from his place at Tennessee attributable to “fixed intimidation, bullying and psychological abuse’’ from soccer coach Butch Jones.
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Davis made the feedback to athletic director John Currie in an e mail obtained by Sports Radio WNML and made public on Friday by Sports Talk host Jimmy Hyams.
Davis, a former Tennessee All-American, resigned Tuesday. He was employed in 2012 by former coach Derek Dooley.
Davis additionally wrote within the e mail to Currie that working for Jones was “one of many worst work experiences I’ve ever had.’’
GoVols247 reported Wednesday that, in keeping with sources, Davis believed he was a part of a hostile work surroundings.
UT didn’t reply to a request for remark Friday.
On Friday morning, Davis wrote on Twitter in a response to a tweet from UT huge receiver Jayson Swain, “THANK YOU for you and ALL VFLs which have ALWAYS had my again. I am humbled and actually grateful in your continued love & badist.”
Hyams additionally included an e mail from Davis to Currie dated Sept. 22. In the e-mail, Davis shares his plan to resign and does point out “well being points” from the job as one of many causes.
“I would like you to know that I’m not leaving Tennessee as a result of I need to,’’ Davis wrote. “I’m leaving as a result of I need to. My greatest remorse and worry is that I’m abandoning student-athletes and badociates which may be subjected to the identical therapy I’ve acquired.”
Davis later added, “In closing, I deeply remorse that issues have been allowed to transpire, inflicting a excessive degree of hysteria and different well being points thus creating my must resign.’’
Tennessee mentioned in a information launch Tuesday that Davis was leaving his place to pursue private enterprise alternatives.
His resignation is efficient Nov. 15.
“We recognize Antone’s work for the University of Tennessee and our soccer program,” Currie mentioned in a press release on Tuesday. “He had an outstanding career here as a student-athlete and then returned more than 20 years later to impact the lives of young men who were following in his footsteps. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Davis’ substitute has not been named.
Davis was incomes a wage of $68,971.92, in keeping with a USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee database for UT staff.
The VFL program began beneath former UT soccer coach Derek Dooley to badist gamers within the areas of character schooling, life expertise, profession growth and non secular development.
Davis capped his UT profession by successful the Jacobs Trophy because the SEC’s high blocker in 1990. He was picked eighth total within the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1991 and spent seven years within the NFL earlier than retiring in 1999.
He invested in eating places and actual property in Florida after his soccer profession, however moved again to Knoxville with the objective of entering into teaching.
Davis appeared on a season of “The Biggest Loser,” an NBC actuality present wherein folks compete to shed some pounds beneath the supervision of nutritionists and health specialists. He misplaced 202 kilos, good for second place within the 2011 installment of the present.
Former UT participant Andre Lott was Dooley’s first rent as VFL coordinator, however was relieved of his duties earlier than the 2012 season began.