Tennessee, Arkansas baseball coaches have heated trade after series finals
Andrew Olson | 3 months ago
It’s still regular season, but this weekend’s Arkansas-Tennessee series in Knoxville had the intensity of a Super Regional with Omaha on the line. The Arkansas No.1 managed to win the series with a 3-2 victory in Sunday’s rubber game. All three games were one-point decisions, with Arkansas overcoming a 5-0 first-inning deficit to win the opener 6-5 and Tennessee No.4 winning Game 2 8-7 on a Homer.
Baseball fans and members of the media around the world were taken aback by what happened after the weekend’s final as Dave Van Horn and Tony Vitello, a former DVH assistant, had a heated exchange.
Emily Proud and Trey Wallace captured clips from the initial exchange:
A “cat” is a nice way to put it… I love Vitello’s strategy of wearing the mask so that he looks one-sided. Genius. pic.twitter.com/YQYlIO13nY
– Proud Emily (@emily_proud) May 16, 2021
Tony Vitello and Dave Van Horn exchanging jokes after the bitter streak. pic.twitter.com/ADtxlrsiaX
– Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) May 16, 2021
The coaches then spoke to their team groups. After that, they had a one-on-one conversation. Ben McKee captured this conversation, noting that it didn’t end with a handshake:
Tony Vitello made sure to find Dave Van Horn after speaking to his team.
Quite intense conversation that led the two coaches to walk away without a handshake. pic.twitter.com/aP5Cx4Y0o2
– Ben McKee (@ benmckee14) May 16, 2021
Vitello declined to go into details after the game, per Wes Rucker:
#Flights Coach Tony Vitelllo on post-game kerfuffle with Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn: There were things off the field I wanted to say. It’s probably more than I should say.
– Wes Rucker (@ wesrucker247) May 16, 2021
With the way these two teams play, it is possible that the Vols and Hogs have not finished fighting on the diamond and may meet again in the playoffs.