More reported details have emerged of the more than 200 Tennessee violations committed by the football team between 2018 and 2020.
The school avoided the bowl ban, but they are reportedly required to vacate all of their wins from the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
They won 11 games in that span, going 8-5 in 2019 and then disappointing the following year with a 3-7 record. Their eighth win of the 2019 season was their Gator Bowl victory over Indiana.
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ESPN reports that their final record in those two seasons will be 0-5 and 0-7, respectively, making Pruitt’s record with the Vols now a paltry 5-19. Tennessee went 5-8 in his first season there.
The Vols were fined $8 million and have their football scholarships cut by 28 during their five-year probationary period.
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The panel stated that the violations «resulted in incentives and impermissible benefits totaling approximately $60,000.»
«Our athletic department, including our football program, is fiercely competitive and committed to winning the right way. We have handled this case during a significant turnaround in the NCAA and we are pleased with the way it was ultimately resolved. Always we wanted to be responsible, but were not willing to sacrifice the ability of our innocent student-athletes to play in the postseason,» the Tennessee athletic department said in a statement. «The NCAA membership agreed with us, as reflected in the new constitution and bylaws.»
Most of the violations stemmed from an «unofficial paid visiting scheme» that was used by the soccer program over a two-year period.
It involved at least a dozen soccer personnel and included at least «110 prohibited hotel room nights, 180 prohibited meals, 72 prohibited entertainment or other benefits, 41 prohibited recruiting contacts, 37 prohibited of impermissible parking on game day, and 14 times equipment was impermissibly provided to prospects.»
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Two prospects also received cash payments from the former head coach and/or his wife, according to the report.
Pruitt joined the New York Giants as a senior defensive assistant for the 2021 season, but was not retained.
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.