The University of Tennessee fired Jeremy Pruitt, its principal soccer coach, and nine other employees after the school investigated whether the program violated NCAA and the school’s employment regulations Advertise Monday.
The separations will go into effect on Tuesday.
In November, the university launched an investigation in collaboration with a law firm, Bond and Schoeneck & King, to determine whether the football program violated NCAA rules while recruiting candidates for its team, and found that “Coach Pruitt did not meet the university’s expectations to foster an atmosphere of compliance and / or monitoring.” The activities of the coaches and the employees who report to it. “
Those fired include associate football coaches Brian Niedermeier and Shelton Felton, four members of the campus football team recruitment team, the director and assistant manager of football players’ staff, and football quality control coach.
“What is very disturbing, as evidenced by the scope of these measures, is the number of violations and people involved and their efforts to conceal their activities from our compliance staff and the leaders of the sports department,” said Dund Plowman, principal of the school. In a press release. “Despite a strong compliance culture in our sports division, we must look for ways to further enhance our operations.”
Plowman told a news conference on Monday that Tennessee had informed the NCAA about the violations and the university opened its own file in December. She did not mention specific violations, because both the school investigation and the NCAA case were ongoing, but she said there would likely be a “large number” of The first level and the second level Violations. Level 1 violations are “gross” violations of behavior, including fraud and unethical behavior indicating “lack of institutional oversight.” The second level is “significant.”
Pruitt, 46, was hired in December 2017 and had a record of 16-19 in three seasons. It went 3-7 this year as Tennessee played exclusively in its league, the Southeastern Conference, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The university, which claims it was fired for reasons, will not pay Pruitt any of the $ 12.6 million in acquisitions; Nor will it pay for Niedermeier or Felton purchases.
at statement Michael Lyons, a lawyer for Pruitt, who was released Monday night, said the nature of the shooting showed the university’s efforts to get rid of it without paying the acquisition fee despite little evidence that Pruitt violated NCAA regulations. Lyons claimed that in a private meeting between Pruitt and Plowman, Plowman said that “there is no evidence that Coach Pruitt was actively involved in any alleged violations or knew they were taking place.” Lyons also said that Pruitt had received a termination letter three hours after Plowman announced that no hiring decisions had been made.
Lyons writes, “The timing and decision of the university appears to be pre-judged and is more about financial comfort and convenience than the fair and complete determination of facts by the university.”
He added that he will defend Pruitt against any NCAA allegations of abuse and will examine whether the university intends to “discredit and destroy Coach Pruitt” to reverse the payments he would be owed in exchange for the regular release.
Current kit and Former Tennessee Players The former players posted their surprise at Pruitt’s throw on Twitter.
“crazy,” Wrote Defensive intervention Omri Thomas.
“why,” Wrote Quarterback Brian Maurer.
The university’s director of sports, Philip Vollmer, has also announced that he will retire as soon as the school finds a replacement. Vollmer, 70, came out of retirement in 2017 to oversee athletics at the school in Knoxville, Tennessee, “on a short-term basis,” according to the announcement. The university said the search for a replacement for Fulmer would begin immediately and that the new sports director would hire the new soccer coach.
“The next football coach has to be on the sidelines for 10 years or more, and he will need to know who will be his sporting director for that long,” Vollmer said. “It makes sense that I would take this step now, so the new coach and the new sporting director can implement their vision together.”
Plowman said that Vollmer was not involved in any of the potential recruitment violations. Pruitt’s dismissal means Tennessee will appoint its fifth full-time coach since Follmer stopped training in 2008.
Kevin Steele, the team’s newly appointed defensive assistant, will act as the interim head coach.
“This is very unfortunate in the sense that we will have to work really hard to stop him from bringing us back,” Vollmer said at the press conference.