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Jeremy Pruitt is out at Tennessee and athletic director Phil Fulmer’s future “will also be addressed”, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports:
Sources: Tennessee will be parting ways with coach Jeremy Pruitt today. AD Phil Fulmer's future will also be addressed.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 18, 2021
Pruitt, who had a 16-19 record in three season with the Vols, is out amidst an investigation into potential recruiting violations.
Last week, even as assistant coaching hires had been on pause due to the investigation, Tennessee hired former Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as a defensive assistant. It will be interesting to see if Tennessee opts to make Steele an interim head coach or if they look outside the program at this juncture in the coaching cycle for the next person to lead their football program.
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Update: Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Pruitt was fired “for cause” due to alleged NCAA violations, meaning Tennessee would save millions of dollars in a buyout. Further, Toppmeyer reports that Phil Fulmer is retiring and the new AD will choose the next football coach. “Fulmer made the decision to step down, and his departure is not tied to the investigation,” Toppmeyer writes.