Tennessee reportedly paying high price for lawyers assisting with investigation
Tennessee is currently investigating its football program due to allegations of recruiting violations. And as it turns out, it isn’t cheap to do so.
According to Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee has hired Mike Glazier and Kyle Skillman, a pair of lawyers based in Overland Park, Kan., to assist with the ongoing investigation. Per Toppmeyer, Glazier is charging the school $500 per hour and Skillman is billing it $375 an hour.
Tennessee could also have to pay hourly fees ranging from $150 to $500 for “the firm’s other attorneys, paralegals or other service professionals who assist in the investigation,” according to Toppmeyer, as well as other expenses that could be charged during the investigation.
“We appreciate the opportunity to be of service and look forward to working with the University,” Skillman wrote in a letter dated Dec. 1 that was obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel on Friday.
Will this investigation lead to the firing of Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt? That remains to be seen. He’s signed to a contract until Jan. 31, 2026, and his buyout would cost $12.64 million, per Toppmeyer.
This isn’t the first time that Glazier is working with Tennessee, as he worked with the school during the NCAA investigation that led to the firing of men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl in 2011.