The NCAA has announced that Tennessee football will be fined $8 million and former head coach Jeremy Pruitt will be placed on a six-year show-cause penalty for recruiting violations.
The violations occurred between 2018 and 2021 and included impermissible benefits to recruits and their families, as well as a lack of institutional control.
The NCAA also placed a one-year bowl ban on Tennessee for the 2023 season, reduced the number of scholarships the Vols can offer by 12 for the 2023-24 season, and ordered them to vacate all wins from the 2019 season.
Pruitt was fired by Tennessee in January 2021 after an internal investigation found that he had violated NCAA rules. He has since filed a lawsuit against the university, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated.
The NCAA’s sanctions are a significant blow to Tennessee football. The Vols have not won a bowl game since 2019 and have not been to the SEC Championship Game since 2007.
The sanctions will make it more difficult for Tennessee to recruit top players and could lead to further sanctions in the future.
Here is a breakdown of the NCAA’s sanctions against Tennessee football:
- $8 million fine
- Six-year show-cause penalty for Jeremy Pruitt
- One-year bowl ban for the 2023 season
- Reduction of scholarships by 12 for the 2023-24 season
- Vacation of all wins from the 2019 season
The NCAA’s sanctions are a major setback for Tennessee football. The Vols will have to rebuild their program and hope that they can avoid further sanctions in the future.
Vols Wire: “Tennessee football has been hit with a $8 million fine, 1-year bowl ban, loss of 12 scholarships and vacating all wins from 2019 season. #Vols”
Pat Forde: “Tennessee football hit with massive NCAA sanctions. A one-year bowl ban, 12 fewer scholarships and all wins from the 2019 season vacated. Jeremy Pruitt’s show-cause penalty is six years.”
Jeremy Pruitt: “I am disappointed in the NCAA’s decision today. I have always tried to do what is best for Tennessee football and I believe that I have been wrongfully targeted. I will continue to fight for my name and reputation.”
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