After just three seasons in charge of the Tennessee Volunteers, sources have revealed that the university is set to fire head coach Jeremy Pruitt after two losing seasons and an NCAA investigation.
Pruitt was hired to coach the Vols prior to the 2018 season after spending two seasons as the Alabama Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator. He was brought in with the hopes that he would revitalize a long-dormant giant, but was unable to do so in Knoxville.
The Alabama native limped to a 5-7 record during his first season with the Vols but then improved to 8-5 with a Gator Bowl win over Indiana in 2019.
However, things went downhill again this season when the team finished 3-7 and failed to qualify for a bowl game.
Pruitt is also being investigated due to potential recruiting violations, a factor that weighed heavily in the university’s decision to dismiss him from his post.
The investigation also means that Pruitt is being fired “with cause”, meaning that Tennessee should be able to avoid paying his hefty buyout clause.
Tennessee will now begin the task of looking for a new head coach, which will be their fourth over the course of the past decade.