Tennessee responds to NCAA notice of allegations: Jeremy Pruitt deceived us

The University of Tennessee disputed the NCAA’s finding that it failed to monitor the football program while recruiting violations were committed under fired coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Instead, the university said Pruitt, his wife and his staff knowingly concealed their malfeasance despite UT’s best efforts to follow NCAA rules in monitoring the football program. That was UT’s only major dispute in responding to the NCAA notice of allegations.

Knox News obtained the university’s 108-page response to the NCAA on Thursday morning.

In the document, UT had minor disputes with five of the 18 Level 1 violations that the NCAA found during its investigation. Otherwise, it agreed generally that rules were broken and that almost $60,000 of cash or gifts were provided to players and their families by Pruitt, his wife and numerous coaches, recruiting staff and at least one booster. 

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