Jeremy Pruitt used bag from Chick-fil-A, not McDonald's, to give cash to player's family, report reveals
Jeremy Pruitt used a Chick-fil-A bag, not McDonald’s bags, to give several hundred dollars to a Tennessee football player’s parent, according to the NCAA investigation. The Knoxville News Sentinel revealed that amusing detail Thursday after obtaining documents in the 108-page report covered the 18 violations that Pruitt allegedly committed in his time as the Tennessee head coach.
According to Mike Wilson of the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Chick-fil-A bag of cash transfer happened in August 2020 outside the football facility. The $300 given to the mother of a Tennessee player was part of an alleged $12,707 in unauthorized benefits to the player and their family during recruitment and time on the UT roster.
Per Wilson, another $3,000 was given to the mother to help “with paying a delinquent medical bill so she could schedule a hip surgery,” which was identified in the NCAA’s report.
Pruitt and numerous staffers were fired in January 2021 after Tennessee became aware of the recruiting scandal in December.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.