‘Philosophical differences’ spark leave of Tennessee strength coach Dave Lawson

On Friday, the Volunteers announced that strength coach, Dave Lawson would no longer be a part of their program.

Team spokesman Ryan Robinson announced the departure to the Knoxville News Sentinel as neither a firing or a resigning, citing “philosophical differences,” as reason for Lawson’s departure.

Lawson was in charge of the athletic department’s entire strength program with the Vols. He worked with Tennessee football coach, Butch Jones for over ten years, beginning in Central Michigan in 2007 and continuing with Jones to Cincinnati and then onto Tennessee. It’s unknown what specific “philosophical differences,” sparked this sudden leave.

Dave Lawson will continue to receive his $200,000 salary through February. Sources say that the Vols do not intend to hire a replacement for Lawson’s role as overseer for the department, meaning his former partner, Mike Szerszen, who handled only the football team, day-to-day, will now be solely in charge of the strength program for Tennessee.

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