Tennessee reportedly receives notice of allegations stemming from Jeremy Pruitt era
Jeremy Pruitt’s mark on the Tennessee program is still being felt, and the latest example came in the form of a notice of allegations.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the news from a 51-page report that covers 18 NCAA violations and $60,000 of cash/gifts given to football recruits/players by Jeremy Pruitt, his wife, numerous coaches, staff and booster. All 18 violations are Level I, the most serious in the NCAA’s four-level infractions structure.
Tennessee has made numerous changes in its athletics department and football staff in the wake of the Pruitt era, and fallout from these allegations.
In the notice of allegations, the NCAA credited Tennessee for self-reporting violations and its “exemplary cooperation” in the investigation. It also did not find the university lacked institutional control, a significant decision that likely removes the program from program-crippling levels of punishment.
The NCAA contends Pruitt and his staff gave players cash and gifts throughout his tenure with the Vols from 2018-21. And it says that his wife, Casey Pruitt, paid more than $15,000 in rent and car payments for a Tennessee player and his mother over 2½ years.
They include infractions allegedly committed by Jeremy and Casey Pruitt; assistant coaches Derrick Ansley, Shelton Felton and Brian Niedermeyer; and recruiting staff members Drew Hughes, Bethany Gunn and Chantryce Boone.
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.