Ex-Vol rips into Jones

The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Tennessee All-America offensive lineman Antone Davis says he endured “constant intimidation, bullying and mental abuse” from Volunteers coach Butch Jones while working for him.

Tennessee announced last week Davis is stepping down as the Tennessee football program’s Vol For Life coordinator, effective Nov. 15. In a resignation letter obtained through a public records request, Davis calls his tenure “one of the worst work experiences I have ever had.”

Jones said in a statement that “I wish Antone Davis well and thank him for his work as Tennessee’s Vol For Life coordinator.”

Knoxville radio station WNML first reported the contents of Davis’ resignation letter.

Davis’ complaints include not receiving a pay raise other than university-wide increases since joining Tennessee’s staff in 2012.

Davis played for Tennessee from 1987-90.

Plea reached

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Former Michigan football player Nate Johnson had reached a plea deal with prosecutors to resolve a domestic assault case.

The Ann Arbor News reports Johnson pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery during a hearing. He was originally charged with domestic assault. Johnson is free on bond ahead of sentencing Dec. 1.

He told the court he had a “physical altercation” with a woman. Under the agreement, his criminal record can be cleared if he follows all court-imposed conditions.

The school has said the alleged assault happened shortly after 2 a.m. on Sept. 30 outside a dormitory. He was dismissed from the team afterward.

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