Tennessee head football coach fired after investigation

Jeremy Pruitt is out as Tennessee’s football coach, ending one of the worst tenures in program history.

Pruitt was fired for cause after an investigation showed evidence of multiple Level I and Level II NCAA recruiting rules violations under his watch, according to his termination letter; which cites six fire-for-cause provisions violated by Pruitt. As a for-cause firing, the university will not pay his $12.6 million buyout.

Pruitt lasted just three seasons and leaves behind a program that remains under investigation.

Additionally, athletics director Phillip Fulmer will retire after UT hires an AD to replace him. Fulmer wants his successor to choose the next football coach. Fulmer made the decision to step down, and his departure is not tied to the investigation.