Vols' Shane Reveiz in need of surgery for heart condition

Updated: December 19, 2007, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Wednesday.

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 problems.

"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."


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