Jeremy Pruitt led Tennessee on an eight-game winning streak to close out 2019 and start the 2020 campaign. After beginning 2-0, Pruitt was able to muster only a 3-7 finish, and he suffered multiple double-digit losses during the downhill slide.
Now according to Pete Thamel, Pruitt is out as Tennessee head coach. He was 16-19 during his time at Tennessee.
Tennessee will now be in the market for a new coach and potentially a new athletics director. While nearly every program in the SEC has ascended in the last 15 years, Tennessee has faltered and fell well below everyone’s expectations of a once powerhouse football program.
Pruitt's program has been under investigation for alleged recruiting violations and the school brought in prominent lawyer Mike Glazier to assist with the investigation. Glazier was a part of the team that investigated Bruce Pearl at Tennessee.
The university issued an earlier statement on that, saying, "We take seriously our institutional commitment to NCAA compliance, and are reviewing regulatory issues that have been brought to our attention. As part of that process, we are currently working with attorneys Kyle Skillman and Michael Glazier with Bond, Schoeneck & King. We will provide additional information when it’s appropriate.”
While the university has yet to release anything official, sources have indicated that the investigation was the final straw for Pruitt’s tenure.
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