Tennessee compliance reportedly investigating Vols' recruitment of prospect that just signed with another SEC program
The drama on Rocky Top never seems to end.
With Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee tenure already on shaky ground, things got taken up to another level on Saturday following a report from Trey Wallace of FOX Sports Knoxville claiming an NCAA investigation regarding impermissible benefits is underway in Knoxville.
Wallace is reporting this investigation is why running back Eric Gray and quarterback Brian Maurer were not available to play against Texas A&M during Tennessee’s regular season finale.
Here is what Pruitt had to say when asked about the report following the A&M game.
“Well, I haven’t seen any article or anything like that but anytime in college football, or college athletics, you have typical compliant stuff and that’s all I know,” Pruitt said.
Following the initial report from Saturday, Mark Schlabach of ESPN is reporting that Tennessee’s compliance department is investigating the program for possible impermissible benefits. ESPN is not reporting that the NCAA is investigating the Tennessee program — only that the school’s compliance department is at this point.
According to Schlabach’s report, one issue for Tennessee comes with the recruitment of five-star offensive lineman, Amarius Mims. The Georgia native signed with Kirby Smart’s Georgia program on Wednesday during the Early Signing Period.
The sources told ESPN that Tennessee’s recruitment of Amarius Mims of Cochran, Georgia, the No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 19 player overall in the ESPN 300, is part of the compliance department’s inquiry. Mims signed with Georgia this week.
Tennessee has issued the following statement regarding the allegations being made against Tennessee.
“In keeping with our institutional commitment to compliance, we often look closely at regulatory issues that are brought to our attention via internal or external channels. Maintaining compliance is a shared responsibility, and active monitoring is part of that process.”
It goes without saying that the ice under Pruitt’s feet appears to be thin at the moment.
If any illegal benefits can be proven to have been given out by his assistants, you have to think Pruitt may have just coached his last game at Tennessee on Saturday.