Los Angeles Times

Tennessee charged with rules violations

- Wire reports

The NCAA on Friday charged Tennessee with 18 major rules violations involving allegation­s of providing impermissi­ble cash, gifts and benefits worth about $60,000 to football recruits and their families under former coach

Jeremy Pruitt.

The school has until Oct. 20 to respond to the Level I violations, the most serious by NCAA standards, according to the letter it received from the enforcemen­t staff.

The NCAA notice of allegation­s says at least a dozen members of Pruitt’s staff were involved in more than 200 individual violations over a twoyear period.

Pruitt and nine others were fired for cause in January 2021 after Tennessee started an internal investigat­ion following a tip on Nov. 13, 2020, and found what the university chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.” The firing negated Pruitt’s $12.6million buyout.

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