February 19th, 2014 11:00 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: DUI, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Vavae Tata
On the job for less than a month, Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata has already been suspended by his new employer. This after multiple DUI-related charges were made against the Commodore assistant Sunday.
According to a release by the school:
“Based upon information received Tuesday, Vanderbilt assistant coach Vavae Tata has been suspended indefinitely by Head Football Coach Derek Mason stemming from an incident that occurred Feb. 16 in Nashville. Vanderbilt University will continue its investigation into the matter.”
The Tennessean newspaper reports that Tata’s car struck two parked vehicles prior to his arrest. He then fled on foot to try and avoid police. He was discovered several blocks away and admitted to crashing his vehicle. He then did poorly on a field sobriety test, and was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and property damage.
He is scheduled to appear in court on March 5th.
Tata came to Vanderbilt from Stanford along with Mason, the Dores’ new head coach. The Tennessean has learned that Tata was convicted of a DUI in 2000 which was tied back to a serious incident in 1997. Then a football player at UCLA, Tata was charged with felony DUI when he “caused a wreck in Torrance, injuring himself and UCLA teammates Billy Pieper and Brendon Ayanbadejo after his vehicle overturned several times.”
Tata joined the Vanderbilt staff on January 24th. If he retains his job, this week’s arrest will most definitely be used against him and the Commodores on the recruiting trail.
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