Tony Vitello speaks about excitement at Tennessee this week, says his job is 'to not get arrested'
Tony Vitello is known for letting his emotions fly for big events in sports, and the Tennessee baseball coach appears to have a prime opportunity when the football Vols take on Florida on Saturday.
Vitello made an appearance on “SEC This Morning” and shared what the build up has been around Knoxville this week. Vitello said the baseball program is taking full advantage of the recruiting opportunity that this weekend allows. The Tennessee baseball players and recruits will be on the field early to watch warmups and soak in the atmosphere, he said.
“It’s been insane on campus all weekend, I’ve been telling my friends, recruits, anybody I bump into, it’s a conversation starter, just the chatter around campus … the vibe has been phenomenal, course the weather is getting right in that sweet spot,” Vitello said.
Vitello said that while he’s not from Tennessee, he’s done enough research to dive into the history of the rivalry, including Steve Spurrier’s legendary quote about Tennessee going to the Citrus Bowl.
“My No. 1 job this weekend is to not get arrested, do something crazy, I’m telling you … I’m going to be so fired up for this game,” he said.
“My #1 job this weekend is to not get arrested, I’m telling you…I’m going to be so fired up for this game” – @Vol_Baseball HC Tony Vitello on Vols vs Gators this weekend in Knoxville. #SECThisMorning @SECNetwork
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Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.