Former Tennessee defensive back Andre Lott said this morning that he's ready "for the next stage of life" after departing his post as the football program's Vol For Life coordinator.
Lott confirmed he no longer holds the position, but declined to say whether it was his choice.
"I don't want to get into all that," he said. "Honestly, I'll just say all is good. I'm just looking forward to my future."
Lott's position, created by head coach Derek Dooley upon his arrival in 2010, directs a program for UT football players centering on four areas of personal growth: character education, life skills, career development and spiritual growth.
Dooley is scheduled to hold a 6:15 p.m. press conference at Neyland Stadium unrelated to Lott's departure.
The now-vacant VFL coordinator position caps an offseason in which seven UT coaches parted ways with the program.
"I've just enjoyed my time mentoring and being a role model and older brother to these guys, but it's time to move on to the next stage in my life," Lott said.
Lott served as the Vols' team captain in 2001 under coach Phil Fulmer. He went on to play six seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The All-SEC defensive back was drafted by Washington in the fifth round of the 2001 draft.
Lott was hired by Dooley in June 2010 after spending time as assistant football coach and head track and field coach in the Hardin County school system. He was also "success coordinator" in the school system, helping kids with broken families, drug use, bullying and teen pregnancy.
Lott said he could envision returning to a similar role.
"My whole goal is to stay in education," he said. "I'm looking forward to moving in that direction."
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/TennesseeBeat