Tennessee to vacate all wins from 2 seasons, per report
Tennessee will be adjusting its record books as part of the NCAA’s penalties for violations that occurred under former head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
“A vacation of all records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible,” was included in the NCAA’s Friday announcement of penalties for the Volunteers. Two seasons of wins will be wiped from the record books, according to a new report.
ESPN insider Chris Low reports that Tennessee will be vacating all 11 wins from the 2019 and ’20 seasons. On the field, the Vols went 8-5 in 2019 and 3-7 in 2020.
UT started the 2019 season 2-5 before closing out on a 6-game winning streak capped by a Gator Bowl victory. The 23-22 comeback victory over Indiana was the only postseason win of the Pruitt era.
Tennessee started 2-0 in 2020 with wins over South Carolina and Missouri. The Vols dropped 7 of their last 8 games in the all-SEC schedule, including 6 in a row. Due to the unique circumstances of the season, Tennessee accepted a Liberty Bowl bid despite a 3-7 record but was forced to withdraw due to positive COVID-19 tests.
The Volunteers’ all-time record is now 856-410-53 after the 2019 and ’20 records are updated to 0-5 and 0-7. Pruitt’s official record is now 5-19 over 3 seasons.
In addition to vacated wins, Tennessee’s penalties include an $8 million fine and 5 years of probation with reductions in scholarships and recruiting visits.