It was a Chick-fil-A bag.
Former Tennessee soccer coach Jeremy Pruitt used a Chick-fil-A bag to give the parent of a Tennessee soccer player several hundred dollars in late 2020, according to results of the NCAA Notice of Allegations and Tennessee’s response to the NCAA emerges.
Knox News Thursday obtained the 108-page document showing the scope and nature of the 18 alleged violations committed by Pruitt and his associates. UT denied portions of six of the 18 violations while openly denying that Tennessee had failed to monitor Pruitt and his associates. UT received notification of the allegations in July.
Pruitt and seven employees were fired in January 2021.
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Pruitt received a call from the mother of a Tennessee player in August 2020. He met the woman outside the soccer facility on campus, where she asked him for money, the document said.
Pruitt went to his car, where he had cash, and gave her either $300 or $400 in a Chick-fil-A bag because “it was human to do the right thing,” Pruitt told investigators during an investigation on 7th March. Job interview 2022. According to the document, his statement in this regard is the only proof of the cash payment.
The notion of money being given away in a fast food bag was linked to Tennessee’s football violations when Dan Patrick reported on January 19, 2021 that money in McDonald’s bags was changing hands. The allegations were not related to McDonald’s bags.
The $300 was among the alleged $12,707 in improper benefits allegedly given to a former Tennessee player and his family during his recruitment and during his enrollment in Tennessee, according to details of UT’s second of 18 listed violations. The money in a Chick-fil-A bag was “to help with other expenses”.
The results also state that on Jan. 9, 2019, Pruitt also gave the player’s mother $3,000 to “help pay for an overdue medical bill so she can schedule hip surgery.” The woman shared the details during an April 15, 2021 interview after being granted limited immunity at the request of NCAA law enforcement personnel. She stated that she told Pruitt about the need for a second hip surgery during a visit to Knoxville, but was unable to plan for it due to debt from her previous hip surgery.
The document states, “Pruitt asked her to stop by his office before leaving Knoxville, where he gave her an envelope containing $3,000 in cash.” Pruitt denied the $3,000 in his March 7, 2022 interview to have provided. The woman presented her bank records showing a deposit of $5,100 on January 11, 2019.
The university discovered the player and his mother’s violations in December 2020.
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