NCAA sends notice to Tennessee of allegations of foul play by former head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

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NCAA sent University of Tennessee Friday’s allegation notice detailing 18 Tier I violations of the football program’s rules under former head 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 head coach Jeremy Pruitt on the Vol Walk before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores.  February 30, 2019 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt on the Vol Walk before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. February 30, 2019 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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University Notice NCAA claims that Pruitt reportedly spent close to $60,000 on illegal recruitment incentives paid out to players and their families.

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Among its allegations, the NCAA alleges that football program participants hosted six prospects during the COVID-19 dead period from July 2020 to November 2020 and spent approximately $12,173 on invalid recruitment incentives. During the COVID-19 dead period, schools were not allowed to conduct any enrollment on campus.

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

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“At every step of this process, we have taken swift and decisive action that illustrated the long-standing values ​​of the NCAA, affirmed in the new membership constitution,” Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman said in a statement, according to ESPN.

“The university hired an outside consultant to fully investigate allegations about the football program, promptly fired football coaches and staff, and shared our findings with NCAA Law Enforcement Officers.”

University of Tennessee volunteer coach Jeremy Pruitt sidelines during the 2019 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against Indiana University's Hoosiers on January 20, 2019.  February 2, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

University of Tennessee volunteer coach Jeremy Pruitt sidelines during the 2019 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against Indiana University’s Hoosiers on January 20, 2019. February 2, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
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The NCAA also alleges that from October 2018 to December 2020, Pruitt, Chantrice Boone (assistant recruiting director) and Bethany Gunn (recruiting director) provided approximately $12,707 in ineligible recruitment incentives to a potential player and family members personnel. These benefits were hotel accommodation, meals, airfare, cash transfers, round-trip car transportation, furniture, and household items.

Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt walks to the sideline during the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Indiana Hoosiers on January 20, 2020.  January 2, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt walks to the sideline during the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Indiana Hoosiers on January 20, 2020. January 2, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Pruitt spoke to ESPN about the allegations.

“I see a lot of this information in the NCAA report for the first time and I still read it,” Pruitt said. “I wouldn’t like to comment much…other than to say that I’m looking forward to telling my side of the story somewhere in the future.”

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Pruitt went 16-19 in three years in Tennessee.combining one winning season in 2019.