KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee reserve linebacker Shane
Reveiz, son of former NFL kicker Fuad Reveiz, will need surgery to
treat an unspecified heart condition, coach Phillip Fulmer said
Reveiz, a Farragut native whose older brother Nick also plays
linebacker for the Vols, is the second Tennessee athlete to have a
heart condition discovered this month during a round of free
echocardiogram tests provided by the school for all athletes.
Basketball player Duke Crews was benched indefinitely on Friday
with an unspecified heart condition.
"Our prayers go out to him," Fulmer said. "Our prayers go out
to his family, the doctors. He'll require some surgery. To what
degree, we're not sure just yet."
Tennessee partnered with Digirad Ultrascan Solutions this year
to provide more than 500 free echocardiograms for student-athletes,
in an effort to identify pre-existing heart or blood-vessel
"Here we are doing something proactively for the health of our
young men, and we find something very significant that could be
saving a young man's life," Fulmer said. "I'm really proud of our
medical staff for getting that done."
Vanderbilt had a close call last year when basketball player
Davis Nwankwo collapsed in practice and had to be revived with a
defibrillator. Doctors later discovered he had an enlarged heart
that ended his athletic career.
The Vols continued their preparations Wednesday for the Outback
Bowl against Wisconsin on Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla., with a cloud of
uncertainty hanging over their coaching staff.
Offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe already has been named
head coach at Duke, and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor was named co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
"I'm not saying [Taylor] is or he isn't [leaving]," Fulmer
said. "That's up to him. But I'm preparing right now to hire a
coordinator, because that's first, and then the rest of the pieces
will fit together from there."