READ: Jeremy Pruitt’s termination letter

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    Tennessee fired head football coach Jeremy Pruitt on Monday afternoon in the wake of an extensive investigation into the football program that found multiple NCAA violations. Pruitt lasted three seasons and went 16-19 overall as Tennessee’s head coach. The Vols were 10-16 in SEC games under Pruitt.

    Here is the termination letter given to Pruitt by Tennessee:

    Re: Notice of Intent to Terminate

    Dear Jeremy,

    This letter constitutes a notice that the University of Tennessee intends to terminate the Employment Agreement (“Agreement”) that you singed on July 24, 2018, pursuant to Section 3.2 of that Agreement (“Termination by University for Cause”) effective at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

    You were hired to be the Head Football Coach and to be “responsible for performing duties ordinarily associated with and performed by head football coaches at a major university that participates in intercollegiate football competition at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level, in compliance with Governing Athletic Rules, University Rules and the law.” (Section 4.1)(emphasis added).