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Vols Fire Jeremy Pruitt, Fulmer to Retire

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Tennessee has fired head football coach Jeremy Pruitt, among other staff changes.

Tennessee has made multiple football staff changes in response to potential NCAA recruiting violations. Among them, head coach Jeremy Pruitt has been fired. Leading the Volunteers from 2018 to 2020, the former defensive coordinator at Alabama, Georgia and Florida State compiled a 16-19 overall record in Knoxville. 

In addition to Pruitt, assistant coaches Brian Niedermeyer and Shelton Felton were also fired, along with seven other staff members. 

Athletic director Phillip Fulmer has also stated that he will retire once his replacement is named, a process which is now underway. The head coach of Tennessee from 1992-2008, an assistant from 1980-1982 and a player and student coach from 1968-1973, Fulmer has been serving as the AD in Knoxville since 2017.  

Former Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, recently hired at Tennessee, is the now interim head coach for the Volunteers. A linebacker at Tennessee in 1978 and 1979, Steele was a student assistant, graduate assistant and outside linebackers coach with the program from 1980-1983.  

For Tennessee's full release on the news, click here