Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt on Report of NCAA Investigation: I Haven’t Seen It

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Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was more concerned with a 34-13 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday than a report his program was facing investigation from NCAA and UT compliance for alleged violations.

“I hadn’t seen no article or anything like that,” Pruitt said. “Any time in college football or college athletics, you have typical compliance stuff. That is all I know.”

A report from FOX Sports Knoxville’s Trey Wallace indicated Tennessee is being investigated by its compliance department for potential recruiting violations. UT responded with a statement to Knox News.

“In keeping with our institutional commitment to compliance, we often look closely at regulatory issues that are brought to our attention via internal or external channels. Maintaining compliance is a shared responsibility, and active monitoring is part of that process,” athletic department spokesperson Tom Satkowiak said in a statement to Knox News.

The Volunteers are 3-7 and Pruitt is 16-19 overall in three seasons. The struggles on the field and rumors of violations are leading to questions about his future with the program.

“I get the business. I understand that,” he said Saturday. “I look at our football team. We have a lot of really young players. Most of our team will be back. I think it is a very good indication of how they compete every week. These guys don’t quit. They believe in what we are doing and they understand that we are not that far away.”

Written by Sam Amico

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


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