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WATCH: Tennessee fires Jeremy Pruitt, Phillip Fulmer to retire

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Tennessee fired head football coach Jeremy Pruitt on Monday afternoon after three seasons in charge of the program. In addition, UT announced that Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer’s will retire once Pruitt’s successor has been named.

Pruitt was fired with cause for alleged NCAA violations under his watch, meaning Pruitt’s buyout of $12.8 million will not be paid. The buyout for Pruitt and his staff as a whole is $18.6 million. The 46-year-old signed a contract extension just before the season began that extended his contract through the 2025 season. Pruitt’s salary was set to increase to $4.2 million beginning in 2021.

The decision comes on the heels of an investigation into the program and a disappointing 3-7 season. Tennessee lost seven of its eight games after beginning the season 2-0. Each loss this season was by double-digits and UT lost five home games by an average of 22 points.

University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman, President Randy Boyd and Fulmer held a press conference later in the afternoon to discuss the change in leadership. You can listen to everything Plowman, Boyd and Fulmer had to say here:

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One Response

  1. I would have liked to give Pruitt a chance to remain for at least three more years and have a chance to rebuild. I know some would say he did not have what it takes to get the job done, maybe he does, maybe he don’t I do not know. If he is guilty of the charges brought agnist him he needed to be fired even sooner than he was, we do not need that in our program. In my mind there is a attiude problem among the the players they play like that there is strife with in the team. and they do not want to play as a team. Untill they get that out of their minds, the vols will not succed, with the amount of tallent wh have had the problem seems to go deeper than coaching. This problem started even when Fulmer was coach and has gotten worse.

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