What's behind the standoff between Tennessee and former coach Jeremy Pruitt

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Fired Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt is not going quietly.

Pruitt and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville are in a standoff over the $12.6 million buyout that Pruitt believes he’s owed.

Tennessee is having none of it, pointing out repeatedly since firing Pruitt for cause on Jan. 18 that it has no intention of paying him severance and believes its for-cause firing was justified because officials think Pruitt’s staff committed repeated and serious NCAA violations and Pruitt failed to monitor his staff and promote compliance.

© Steve Megargee, AP Now former Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt, right, receiving a personalized jersey from athletic director Phillip Fulmer during his introductory news conference 2017. Neither will be with the school next football season.

The parties appear headed for a courtroom.

Here’s what we know.

What is each side saying?

Michael Lyons, Pruitt’s Dallas-based lawyer, told the USA TODAY Network on Tuesday his client plans to sue Tennessee after he school refused to discuss a settlement.

Lyons set an Oct. 29 deadline for Tennessee to settle with Pruitt. If it doesn’t, Lyons wrote in his letter dated Oct. 7, the university can expect a lawsuit that will show impropriety stretched above and beyond Pruitt’s football program, including high-ranking administrators, and impermissible booster involvement with multiple Volunteers athletics programs.

Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt takes the field during a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt reacts after a call against Tennessee tight end Kivon Bennett (95), pictured, for targeting during a game between Kentucky and Tennessee at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt holds up the championship trophy after the Vols defeated Indiana 23-22 in the Gator Bowl at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt walks in the Vol Walk before a game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt walks on the field during a game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Tennessee’s head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks to referees during the Tennessee and Vanderbilt game on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks during Southeastern Conference Media Days on July 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt high-fives fans after defeating Kentucky 17-13 at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt addresses an official in the game against UAB on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt during the Vol Walk held before a football game between Tennessee and UAB at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt is seen during University of Tennessee Vols football practice Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks during the Vol Walk before a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt greets fans during the Vol Walk before a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks to the locker room during the Vol Walk before a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt yells at an official during Tennessee’s game against Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks during the Vol Walk ahead of a game between Tennessee and Mississippi State in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt gathers with the team at the Torch Bearer to start the Vol Walk for the Georgia game on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt calls during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt during the second quarter against the Georgia State Panthers at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt looks on during Tennessee football practice at Haslam Field in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt and son Ridge greet a fan during Tennessee Fan Day on Sunday, August 4, 2019. Vols football head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks at a press conference before fall football practice in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio on University of Tennessee’s campus Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt marches down Volunteer Boulevard during an anti-racism march led by Black student-athletes on University of Tennessee’s campus from the Torchbearer statue to Ayres hall, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Vols football head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks at a press conference before fall football practice in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio on University of Tennessee’s campus Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. University of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks on stage with members of the football team during March on Knox at Market Square on Friday, June 5, 2020. Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt shakes hands with members of the Georgia Bulldogs after Georgia defeated Tennessee at Sanford Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Vols football head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks at a press conference before fall football practice in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio on University of Tennessee’s campus Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Jul 16, 2019; Birmingham, AL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks to the media at the Hyatt Regency-Birmingham. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt during football practice on Friday, March 15, 2019. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt during football practice on Friday, March 15, 2019. From left Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt and Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban speak before a game between Tennessee and Alabama at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt addresses the media during a signing day press conference at the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt runs to the sideline before a SEC game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Texas A&M Aggies held at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks during the Vol Walk during a game between Tennessee and Missouri at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt runs onto the field for the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt during the Vol Walk before the Kentucky game Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt calls out to the field during a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt runs off the field after a game between Tennessee and Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Tennessee defeated Auburn 30-24. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt leaves the field following their 38-12 loss to Georgia Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA. CONTRIBUTED – Jeremy Pruitt monitors a preseason practice on Aug. 17. Pruitt is entering his third season as Tennessee’s coach. The Vols are 0-2 in season openers under Pruitt. From left University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman, head football coach Jeremy Pruitt, athletic director Phillip Fulmer, and UT System President Randy Boyd, are seen during an anti-racism march led by Black student-athletes on University of Tennessee’s campus from the Torchbearer statue to Ayres hall, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Dec 5, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks with quarterback Harrison Bailey (15) during the first half against the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt leads his team onto the field for the game against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt during their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Belk College Kickoff game in Charlotte, NC Saturday, September 1, 2018. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt during football practice on Monday, August 27, 2018. Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers with his family before the 2018 DISH Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on April 21, 2018. UT football Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s family portrait with wife Casey and sons Jayse, Ridge, and Flynt taken in Knoxville on Jan. 20, 2018. UT head football coach Jeremy Pruitt during media day in Neyland Stadium Sunday, August 5, 2018. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt steps off the bus to enter Neyland Stadium before Tennessee’s SEC conference game against Alabama on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks during Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt works with players during afternoon football practice on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks during Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt throws the ball during a drill at Tennessee Vols Fan Day at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) poses for a photo with Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt before a game between Tennessee and Texas A&M in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt addresses the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks on the field before a game between Tennessee and Texas A&M in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Tennessee Football Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt and his son Flynt attend a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Vanderbilt interim head coach Todd Fitch and Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt greet each other at midfield before the game at Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt addresses the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks during Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Atlanta. UT head football coach Jeremy Pruitt signs autographs for fans during the Big Orange Caravan on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt talks about the 2020 signing class during the signing day celebration at Neyland Stadium on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt calls during a game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt heads back to the locker room after Tennessee’s 45-0 victory against Chattanooga in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks in the Vol Walk outside Neyland Stadium before a game between University of Tennessee and the University of Texas at El Paso Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks in the Vol Walk outside Neyland Stadium before a game between University of Tennessee and the University of Texas at El Paso Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. University of Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt walks on the field during media day in Neyland Stadium at University of Tennessee, Sun. Aug. 5, 2018.

In a letter responding to Lyons dated Monday, Tennessee General Counsel Ryan Stinnett said the university is prepared to mount a “vigorous defense” if a lawsuit follows.

“You raise vague and unsupported allegations of other violations by the University and threaten to embarrass the University publicly by revealing these alleged violations,” Stinnett wrote.

“The University emphatically denies these allegations and will not be intimidated into settling with your client based on your unsupported assertions.”

The USA TODAY Network obtained the letters on Monday via a public records request and spoke with Lyons on Tuesday.

Does Jeremy Pruitt have dirt on Tennessee?

He’s only made allegations, but hasn’t provided any proof.

Lyons’ letter names several individuals, and he hints at impropriety, but his letter is scant on details and offers no evidence that anyone engaged in impermissible conduct.

Lyons says this is no bluff.

Why would Lyons’ letter hint at potentially damaging information but not outline it in detail? The lawyer declined to discuss his strategy.

He could be keeping the genie corked in the bottle in an effort to persuade Tennessee to settle with Pruitt and prevent him airing his findings in a lawsuit.

Tennessee isn’t buying it and doesn’t seem intimidated.

“The University maintains that it had proper cause to terminate (Pruitt) for breach of his employment agreement in January, and our position has only strengthened since then,” Stinnett wrote to Lyons.

What did Tennessee say about Jeremy Pruitt?

The university, when it announced Pruitt’s firing, outlined that it expects the actions of Pruitt and his staff will result in multiple NCAA Level I and/or Level II violations. Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman called the extent of malfeasance “stunning,” based on the number of people involved and number of incidents.

In Pruitt’s termination letter, the university said it used good-faith judgment to conclude conduct by at least two of Pruitt’s assistants and several other staff members likely will result in NCAA Level I or Level II violations and that this occurred because of Pruitt’s neglect or lack of reasonable preventative compliance measures.

The termination letter also said the school expects Pruitt will be found responsible for a Level I or Level II violation for a failure to promote compliance within the program or monitor the activities of coaches and staff who reported to him.

Stinnett wrote to Lyons that the lawyer’s letter “contains no denials of your client’s actions.”

That’s intentional, Lyons told the USA TODAY Network.

“There is no discussion about anything made the subject of the NCAA’s investigation because my client can’t talk about it under NCAA bylaws. Neither can Ryan Stinnett. That’s disingenuous,” Lyons said.

“Of course, my client denies (the allegations), but he’s not going to talk about it. He can’t.”

What did Michael Lyons say about Tennessee?

Not anything supported with details or evidence.

Lyons, in his letter to Tennessee, wrote that his firm has learned several self-reported NCAA violations were ignored or covered up by Tennessee administrators before and during the Pruitt era. He also wrote that Tennessee administrators were involved in or encouraged impermissible recruiting tactics and several Volunteers boosters have been involved in impermissible recruiting across multiple sports, spanning multiple coaching staffs.

But Lyons declined to offer proof to back up his allegations.

“They’ve made some very strong allegations against my client, and they’ve indicated that that’s the basis upon which they’ve terminated his contract for cause,” Lyons told the USA TODAY Network, “so it seems to me that their good-faith belief that a violation has occurred in the context of other violations, which may have occurred in the past involving other people within the athletic department, is important and germane to the issue of whether they’re in good faith.”

Who did Michael Lyons name?

In Lyons’ letter, he asks Tennessee to preserve documents connected to specific individuals so he may inspect them. Such requests are typical in a lawsuit. What’s notable are the names. Lyons does not back up the name-dropping with evidence the individuals are actually tied to his allegations.

Among Lyons’ requests:

– Documents regarding Larry Pratt, Bobby Maze or Rick Barnes and the use of any organization in connection with providing benefits to athletes or recruits.

Pratt is a well-known donor for Tennessee athletics. Maze is a former Tennessee player and an AAU basketball coach. Barnes is Tennessee’s men’s basketball coach. Barnes denied any wrongdoing in an interview with ESPN.

– Documents regarding Donde Plowman and releases or settlements entered into between Tennessee administrators and students for incidents occurring in the past three years.

Plowman is Tennessee’s chancellor. She signed the termination letter firing Pruitt for cause.

– Documents regarding Phillip Fulmer, Carmen Tegano, Butch Jones, Willie Martinez, Tommy Thigpen, Buck Fitzgerald, and others, regarding allegations of athletes receiving impermissible monetary benefits.

Fulmer is the former Tennessee football coach and later the athletics director who hired Pruitt. Fulmer stepped down as AD on the day of Pruitt’s firing. Tennessee labeled it a retirement and awarded Fulmer a $1.3 million retirement package, matching the amount he would have been owed if he were fired. Fulmer denied any wrongdoing in an interview with ESPN.

Tegano is a former associate AD. Jones was Tennessee’s football coach from 2013-17. Martinez is a current Vols football assistant who was also an assistant under Jones. Thigpen was an assistant under Jones and is now at North Carolina. Fitzgerald is a former Vols player who operates the National Playmakers Academy in middle Tennessee.

To reiterate, Lyons did not substantiate his allegations in the letter. He says that’s intentional.

“I’m not going to spoil the surprise of what information that we’ve learned,” Lyons said. “I would think that Tennessee would be concerned about that.”

Tennessee fired back.

“Your attempts to drag innocent donors and other coaches into this matter is tactless, highly offensive, and only serves to exacerbate this dispute,” Stinnett wrote to Lyons.

Who is Michael Lyons?

Pruitt’s lawyer is a founding partner of Lyons & Simmons. He lists a wide range of trial experience, including representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Lyons has represented Pruitt in his quest for severance since Pruitt’s firing. Lyons previously represented former Kansas coach David Beaty. Kansas fired Beaty for cause in 2018 and withheld his $3 million buyout. Beaty sued, received a $2.55 settlement and subsequently was cleared from an NCAA probe into Kansas athletics.

Where is Jeremy Pruitt?

Pruitt, 47, is a senior defensive analyst for the New York Giants. He aims to stay in the NFL, according to his lawyer’s letter.

The NFL avenue is Pruitt’s best approach, considering he’s probably viewed as a persona non grata in the college ranks given the ongoing NCAA investigation, combined with his threat to sue his former employer and lob allegations against others at Tennessee.

“Coach Pruitt has settled into his position with the New York Giants,” Lyons wrote to the school. 

The Giants are 1-5.

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© PRAKASH MATHEMA Heritage expert Rabindra Puri campaigns to repatriate stolen Nepali heritage When Virginia Tech professor Sweta Gyanu Baniya saw an ornate 17th-century Nepali necklace in the Art Institute ... Read more »

Petrol, Diesel Price Drop: Fuel Rates Slashed After 50% Tax Cut. See Petrol Price

© Provided by News18 Petrol, Diesel Price Drop: Fuel Rates Slashed After 50% Tax Cut. See Petrol Price Petrol, diesel price today: Petrol and diesel price on November 30, Tuesday, ... Read more »

Key bond market deals: Axis Finance, Aditya Birla, Canara Bank

© Provided by CNBCTV18 Here’s a look at the key bond market deals on Tuesday. NON-CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES: HDFC Ltd takes Rs 10,000 crore at 7.05 percent coupon, 10-year bonds LIC ... Read more »

Paytm listing debacle sparks concern from investors for other IPOs

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: The Paytm listing debacle has sparked concern from investors and entrepreneurs, fearful that it could derail a string of expected Indian flotations that ... Read more »

NATO eyes Russia's Ukraine buildup amid invasion fears

© Gints Ivuskans Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, says there is no clarity about Russia’s intentions after Ukraine accused Moscow of massing forces close to the border NATO foreign ministers ... Read more »

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Star Health's IPO to open today; should you subscribe?

© Provided by CNBCTV18 Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Star Health and Allied Insurance Company is set to launch an initial public offer (IPO) worth Rs 7,249 crore on Tuesday, November 30. The ... Read more »

Duterte's chosen successor exits Philippines presidential race

© LISA MARIE DAVID His sudden exit narrows the field of candidates vying to replace Duterte Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s chosen successor on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the 2022 ... Read more »

Soccer-Bamboozled: NZ coach slams FIFA over World Cup qualifying tournament

© Reuters/HENRY ROMERO Soccer Football – Men – Group B – New Zealand v Honduras (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Danny Hay has criticised FIFA for scheduling part of Oceania’s ... Read more »

Landlords to be given right to raise rents in excess of current caps

Landlords will be able to hike rents by multiples of new rent control caps if they have not increased rents in several years. New rent control legislation will allow landlords ... Read more »

Chelsea transfer gossip: New Matthijs de Ligt push amid Federico Chiesa claims

Chelsea romped home in their last Champions League encounter as they thrashed Juventus 4-0 – but appear to have seen a few things they like about their opponents. With the ... Read more »

Lampkin powers TCU to 68-51 victory over Austin Peay

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sophomore Eddie Lampkin notched his first double-double with career highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds and TCU cruised to a 68-51 victory over Austin ... Read more »
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