Jeremy Pruitt is overseas in Tennessee. The university fired a third-year coach on Monday amid an ongoing internal investigation into recruitment violations. Newly appointed Defense Coordinator Kevin Steele will act as Acting Head Coach.
The university and the National Civil Aviation Authority are investigating alleged recruitment violations under the program. Tennessee also maintained a pair of attorneys to assist with the investigation. Due to being fired from business for some reason, Tennessee would not pay the buyout clause, which it was Set at $ 12,880,000, according to USA Today Training salary database. His termination will be effective at 5 PM on Tuesday, According to a message Issued by the school.
“Your failures are likely to result in significant penalties to the university and threaten our student-athlete eligibility,” Tennessee said in the termination letter it sent to Pruitt, in a document obtained Sportsman.
Pruitt is not the only coach the university has expelled in the middle of the investigation. Assistants Shelton Felton and Brian Niedermeier will also be absent. Niedermeyer was considered the best recruiter in Tennessee and served as a coach for the midfielders. Felton served as an external back coach. Additionally, four members of the on-campus staffing staff, a director and assistant player personnel manager and a football analyst They were also expelled.
Tennessee He plans to hire a new sports director first, A process in which the current AD Phil Fulmer will participate in his capacity Fills the gap To his successor before hiring a new football coach. Vollmer was not related to any of these allegations.
News broke out during the final game in Tennessee of the regular season that the show was under investigation for alleged recruitment abuse. Those violations, According to ESPN, Stemming from their quest for the 2021 attacking tackle, Amarius Mims (who signed with Georgia) and current full-back Eric Gray, who was disqualified from the season finale against Aggies for unknown reasons.
“We are taking our corporate commitment to comply with the NCAA seriously and reviewing the regulatory issues that have been brought to our attention,” said Tyra Haag, Tennessee’s Director of News and Information. Statement earlier this month. “As part of this process, we are currently working with attorneys Kyle Skellman and Michael Glazier with Bond and Schoeneck & King. We will provide additional information as and when appropriate.”
Tennessee Pruitt was awarded a raise of $ 400,000 It extends to the 2025 season after the end of the 2019 season.
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The NCAA issue wasn’t the only issue Pruitt on Rocky Top faced. He was 16-19 in three seasons at Rocky Top – his first three seasons as a head coach anywhere. His period got off to a slow start in year one with a score of 5-7. Things took a turn for the opening of the 2019 season when his team lost to Georgia state and BYU for the season opener, but ended up with a high score with six straight wins to close the campaign.
This winning streak jumped to eight after back-to-back victories over South Carolina and Missouri, respectively, to open the 2020 campaign. But losses incurred by Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama resulted in a six-match losing streak that marred Pruitt’s third season in the program.
Pruitt also held the position of Defense Coordinator in Florida and Georgia during his coaching career at the college.