The University of Tennessee football program is currently being investigated by its own compliance department and the NCAA into alleged recruiting violations and alleged impermissible benefits to current student-athletes.
According to sources, the University’s general counsel has been interviewing subjects that are the focus of the investigation over the past several weeks. Multiple sources suggest the investigation dates back to at least early December.
The alleged violations are said to involve players recruited by Tennessee and players currently on the roster.
Inside Linebackers Coach Brian Niedermeyer, multiple Tennessee assistant coaches, support staffers, and players have been questioned by the university’s compliance department. Also, members of Tennessee’s recruiting department have been questioned.
According to sources, Tennessee’s compliance department, including Adam Tate, was made aware of potential violations and began an investigation immediately.
Before the game, it was announced that Brian Maurer and Eric Gray would not be available, though no reason was given.
Jeremy Pruitt said postgame that Eric Gray was “Unavailable” today. When asked again about his status today, Pruitt responded “Guys, i’ve already addressed that one time.”
I’ve been told Eric Gray and Brian Maurer weren’t available to play today due to ongoing inquiry and questioning. Both, along with other players have been questioned over the past few weeks.
The university will continue the investigation. The Tennessee football program has fully cooperated with the investigation.
Jeremy Pruitt was also asked about the report of an investigation.
“I haven’t seen the article. Anytime in college football, you have typical compliance stuff. That’s all I know.”
Jeremy Pruitt was also asked if he thinks he will return next season at Tennessee.
“I think absolutely.”
The University provided a comment for the story.
“In keeping with our institutional commitment to compliance, we often look closely at regulatory issues that are brought to our attention via internal or external channels. Maintaining compliance is a shared responsibility, and active monitoring is part of that process.”