Tennessee has fired Jeremy Pruitt


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Pruitt was let go after just three seasons (Christopher Hanewinckel - USA Today Sports)
Pruitt was let go after just three seasons (Christopher Hanewinckel - USA Today Sports)

Good old Rocky Top is certainly rocky.

Tennessee has fired football head coach Jeremy Pruitt 'for cause' on Monday afternoon amid alleged NCAA violations, including improper recruiting practices.

“Your failures are likely to lead to significant penalties to the University and has jeopardized the eligibility of our student-athletes," the school wrote in a termination letter to Pruitt.

Three months ago, Pruitt received an extension, and a raise on his contract ($4.2 million annually) that ran through Jan. 31, 2026.

In 2020, the Volunteers endured a lousy six-game losing streak that matched their longest skid since 1988.

Pruitt ends his three-year run with the Vols with a mediocre 16-19 overall record, including a winless 0-9 record against Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. That's pretty brutal.

Amazingly, Butch Jones remains the only Tennesee head coach to last more than three seasons since Phil Fulmer's firing as a head coach.

I guess the saying 'you don't know how good you have it until it's gone' is relevant here regarding their coaching blunders post-Fulmer. Their next head coach will be the sixth one in the last 14 years.

Speaking of Fulmer, the athletic director is also on the way out as he will announce his retirement to let another athletic director pick the next coach. It will be their fifth athletic director in ten years.

Reportedly, former Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will be named the new interim coach.

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