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Bradley leaves Vols; Vitello to serve as MLB analyst

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

The 6-foot-5, 221-pounder from Platte City, Missouri, will be continuing his career at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

“Extreme thank you to the entire Vol football staff for everything you guys have done for me,” Bradley posted Wednesday afternoon on social media.

Bradley was a consensus four-star prospect during the 2023 cycle, totaling 23 sacks and six forced fumbles during his Platte County career, and he was invited to play in that year’s Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Florida. South Carolina and Texas A&M were competing with the Vols to sign Bradley, with Auburn, Colorado and Oregon having also been among the 30-plus schools to offer him a scholarship.

He enrolled at Tennessee in June 2023 and went through summer workouts, but he did not play last season for the Vols, who capped a 9-4 record with a 35-0 thumping of Iowa in the Citrus Bowl.

The Vols are deep at his position this year, with James Pearce Jr. already being projected as the potential top overall pick in the 2025 NFL draft. Also at that spot are Joshua Josephs, Caleb Herring and five-star freshman Jordan Ross.

“Tennessee has been 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 keep in touch with all the wonderful friends and fans who have come our way.

“Once a Vol, always a Vol.”

Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel is set to make his Southeastern Conference media days appearance next Tuesday, with the four-day event being held in Dallas for the first time. Accompanying Heupel will be center Cooper Mays, linebacker Keenan Pili and defensive lineman Omari Thomas, who represented the Vols last July in Nashville as well.

Hoop promotions

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

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

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

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

Tennessee’s three primary assistants the past two seasons — Rod Clark, Justin Gainey and Gregg Polinsky — have remained intact.

Tony’s tube time

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

The draft is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Contact David Paschall at [email protected].

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