Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops: ‘Not One Bit’ Surprised By Tennessee Scandal

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Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired after an internal investigation revealed NCAA violations, and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops apparently wasn’t all that surprised.

“I gotta be careful in my response here,” Stoops said on Tuesday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. “Did I see it coming? Yes, I’m grateful it came. Does it surprise me? Not one bit.”

Along with Pruitt, Tennessee fired nine football staffers and athletic director Phil Fulmer supposedly “retired.” The Volunteers also appear to have lost a couple of top recruits.

Sports-talk radio host Dan Patrick reported that Tennessee was handing cash to recruits in McDonald’s bags. All this and Pruitt was already under fire from fans, given this past season’s 3-7 record.


Pruitt finished 16-19 overall in three seasons at Tennessee, his first stint as a head coach. Before that, he was an assistant at Alabama, Georgia and Florida State.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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