Jeremy Pruitt Tennessee football recruiting scandal: Meet the culprits

Here are the key people named in the NCAA report detailing its investigation into whether the Tennessee football program committed recruiting violations under coach Jeremy Pruitt, who was fired for cause by Chancellor Donde Plowman on Jan. 18, 2021.

The university fired Pruitt after conducting its own investigation into the allegations, and reported to the NCAA it had discovered evidence the football program had broken the rules.

By firing Pruitt for cause, Tennessee maintains it is not responsible for paying Pruitt the $12.6 million buyout stipulated by his contract. Additionally, the move signaled to the NCAA that the school acted swiftly and decisively when it uncovered violations, and therefore deserves leniency in any punishments handed down.

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Jeremy Pruitt, fired Vols football coach

Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt during the Signing Day new conference on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Pruitt coached UT from 2018-21, posting a 16-19 record before he was fired after his third season.

UT declined to pay Pruitt’s $12.6 million buyout. His lawyer, Michael Lyons, threatened to sue the university and alluded to exposing other rules infractions if UT doesn’t settle with his client and pay some of the vacated buyout. But there’s no indication Lyons has filed a lawsuit.

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