REPORT: Peyton Manning to be involved in coaching search

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    Tennessee reportedly fired head coach Jeremy Pruitt on Monday on the heels of a lengthy internal investigation into recruiting violations and a 3-7 season in 2020.

    The Vols will undergo a coaching search for the second time in four years and according to reports, former quarterback Peyton Manning will be involved in that search. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and The Athletic, said Monday afternoon that Manning will have a “big role” according to a source in the school’s decision on who to lead the football program.

    Pruitt was hired by Tennessee in December 2017 following a tumultuous coaching search after the firing of ex-head coach Butch Jones.

    In three seasons, Pruitt was 16-19 overall, including losses to Georgia State and Kentucky. The 34-7 loss to the Wildcats was the Vols’ first inside Neyland Stadium since 1984.

    Tennessee started the 2020 season 2-0, extending a win streak to eight games that dated back to the Vols’ 8-5 campaign in 2019.

    It was announced ahead of Tennessee’s game regular season finale against Texas A&M that Pruitt and his staff were being investigated by the school for improper recruiting practices.