University of Tennessee fires head football coach over alleged recruitment violations

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is firing its head football coach, two assistant coaches and seven other team staffers after an outside investigation found “serious violations of NCAA rules.”

Chancellor Donde Plowman did not address the specific rule violations in a press release. She emphasized that while the investigation implicated many in the football office, it did not find anyone outside of it involved in the alleged activity.

“What is so disturbing, as demonstrated by the scope of these actions, is the number of violations and people involved and their efforts to conceal their activities from our compliance staff and from the Athletic department’s leaders,” Plowman said. “We deeply regret the impact this may have on our many student-athletes, particularly the vast majority of our football players who have had no involvement in this matter at all.”

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