NCAA sends notice to Tennessee of allegations detailing rule violations under former coach Jeremy Pruitt

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Posted by NCAA University of Tennessee A notice of allegations on Friday detailing 18 breaches of Tier 1 rules against the football program under former coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff.

Pruitt, who coached Tennessee from 2018 to 2020, was fired in January 2021 after the university conducted an internal investigation.

Tennessee Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt walks the Vol Walk before a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores November 30, 2019, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
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In a notice to the university, the NCAA claims that Pruitt It spent about $60,000 on unauthorized enlistment lures that were paid to players and their families, according to multiple reports.

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Among its allegations, the NCAA alleges that members of the football program hosted six prospects during the COVID-19 death period between July 2020 and November 2020 and spent approximately $12,173 on impermissible enlistment solicitations. During the period of COVID-19 death, schools were not allowed to conduct any on-campus recruitment.

The University of Tennessee is not responsible for the lack of institutional oversight due to its cooperation in the investigation.

Auburn University’s Brian Harsin says the investigation into the program was “inconvenient”

“At every step of this process, we have taken swift and decisive action that exemplifies the enduring values ​​of NCAA that are reaffirmed in the new membership constitution,” Tennessee counselor Dund Plowman said in a statement, according to ESPN.

“The university hired an outside counsel to fully investigate the allegations regarding the football program, acted immediately to terminate the employment of football coaches and staff and shared our findings with the NCAA application staff.”

University of Tennessee Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt on the sidelines during the 2019 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Indiana University Hoosiers Jan. 2, 2020, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

University of Tennessee Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt on the sidelines during the 2019 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Indiana University Hoosiers Jan. 2, 2020, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
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The NCAA claims that many players competed in the games while ineligible.

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The NCAA also claims that from October 2018 through December 2020, Pruitt, Chantryce Boone (assistant recruiting director) and Bethany Gunn (enlisting director) provided approximately $12,707 in unauthorized recruiting temptations to a potential player and members of his family. These benefits came in the form of hotel accommodation, meals, airline tickets, cash payments, round-trip car transportation, furniture, and household goods.

Tennessee Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt walks to the sideline during the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Indiana Hoosiers January 2, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tennessee Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt walks to the sideline during the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Indiana Hoosiers January 2, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Pruitt spoke to ESPN about the allegations.

“A lot of this information is in the NCAA report that I’m seeing for the first time and I’m still reading it,” Pruitt said. “I prefer not to comment too much…other than to say I’m looking forward to telling my side of the story somewhere down the road.”

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Pruitt went 16-19 in three years at Tennessee, and collected one season of wins in 2019.

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