Tennessee fires Pruitt, 9 others for ‘serious’ NCAA issues


Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt watches the first half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)(Wade Payne | AP)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has fired football coach Jeremy Pruitt, two assistants and seven members of the Volunteers’ recruiting and support staff for cause after an internal investigation found what the university chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.”

Chancellor Donde Plowman said Pruitt was responsible for overseeing the program. Tennessee has been conducting an internal investigation since at least the middle of November into allegations of recruiting violations.

Pruitt’s firing means Tennessee will be looking for its fourth different coach since the Vols last won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.

Pruitt’s team went 3-7 last season.

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