The University of Tennessee now knows exactly what it’s up against in the NCAA investigation of football recruiting violations under fired coach Jeremy Pruitt.
On Friday, a notice was sent to the university where the NCAA listed 18 violations and almost $60,000 of cash or gifts provided to players and their families by Pruitt.
Pruitt’s wife, Casey, is also involved in this situation. She is being accused of making 25 payments totaling about $12,500.
The NCAA contends Pruitt and his staff gave players cash and gifts throughout his tenure with the Vols from 2018-21. And it says that his wife, Casey Pruitt, paid more than $15,000 in rent and car payments for a Tennessee player and his mother over 2½ years.
The NCAA credited Tennessee for self-reporting violations and its “exemplary cooperation” in the investigation.
All 18 violations are Level I, the most serious in the NCAA’s four-level infractions structure.
None of the people named in the allegations work any longer for Tennessee as they were either fired or left on their own after the university began its own investigation in November 2020.
Tennessee and the people named have 90 days to respond to the notice of allegations. Then the NCAA enforcement staff has 60 days to reply to those responses.