Vols Baseball Team Returns Home From College World Series


When the Vols baseball team left for Omaha last week, they weren’t planning on returning home so soon. But Tennessee was back on Rocky Top Wednesday after losing twice at the College World Series.

Disappointing way to end the season for sure, but it was still a magical year for UT baseball. First trip to the College World Series in 16 years. Head coach Tony Vitello wants Omaha to be an annual gig, and he knows the expectations that come along with it.

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Said Vitello:”I’ve got a coaches mind. Got to be careful about creating your own enemy. I think expectations will change a little bit going into next year. We’ll also have a lot of new faces. I’m excited about next year. getting a full start without Covid protocols hopefully. Knock on a lot of wood, and do some things different, but look for the same type of results.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.