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Bradley leaves Vols; Vitello becomes MLB analyst
Bradley leaves Vols; Vitello becomes MLB analyst

Edge rusher Chandavian Bradley, one of Tennessee’s highest-rated players in the 2023 signing class, is no longer with the Volunteers.

The 6’5″ and 220lb player from Platte City, Missouri, will continue his career at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

“A big thank you to the entire Vol football team for everything you have done for me,” Bradley posted on social media Wednesday afternoon.

Bradley was considered a four-star prospect in the 2023 cycle. He totaled 23 sacks and six forced fumbles during his career at Platte County and was invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Florida that same year. South Carolina and Texas A&M competed with the Vols for Bradley, and Auburn, Colorado and Oregon were also among the 30-plus schools that offered him a scholarship.

He enrolled at Tennessee in June 2023 and completed summer training, but did not play last season for the Vols, who capped their 9-4 record with a 35-0 victory over Iowa in the Citrus Bowl.

The Vols are heavily loaded at his position this year, with James Pearce Jr. already being considered a potential top pick in the 2025 NFL Draft. Also at that position are Joshua Josephs, Caleb Herring and five-star rookie Jordan Ross.

“Tennessee was great and we will definitely miss Rocky Top,” Bradley’s mother Chandra posted on social media. “We support the coaches and all the players. We will stay in touch with all the wonderful friends and fans we met.”

“Once a Vol, always a Vol.”

Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel will make his media appearance next Tuesday at Southeastern Conference Days, which will be held in Dallas for the first time. Heupel will be accompanied by center Cooper Mays, linebacker Keenan Pili and defensive lineman Omari Thomas, who also represented the Vols in Nashville last July.

Hoop actions

Tennessee Volunteers basketball coach Rick Barnes on Wednesday promoted Lucas Campbell and Bryan Lentz to assistant coaches and Riley Collins to assistant director of player development.

Campbell was a walk-on player for the Vols from 2015-19 before spending two years as a Vols assistant and spending the 2021-22 season at East Tennessee State University, where he served as director of basketball operations. He returned to the Vols and served as director of recruiting for the past two seasons.

“Over nearly a decade, I have watched Lucas grow from an eager walk-on freshman in my first season here at Tennessee to a rising star in the coaching profession,” Barnes said in a press release. “This school and this basketball program mean so much to Lucas. He has been a key part of our staff the past two years and has played a major role in our intense recruiting efforts, which he will continue to do while taking on additional responsibilities that I’m sure he is ready for.”

Lentz has been Tennessee’s director of player development since 2018, while Collins has served as a graduate assistant for the Vols for the past two seasons.

Tennessee’s top three assistants from the past two seasons – Rod Clark, Justin Gainey and Gregg Polinsky – have remained unchanged.

Tony’s time on television

Tony Vitello, who led Tennessee to its first national baseball championship last month, will lend his expertise to MLB Network on Sunday night for the first two rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft.

The draft is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Contact David Paschall at [email protected].

By Liam