KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – The University of Tennessee was billed just over $ 100,000 by the Kansas-based law firm Bond, Schoeneck, and King for that agency’s work in the investigation that led to the sacking of head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
According to the university, the law firm filed bills for $ 12,876.70 in November and for $ 93,765.15 in December. Invoices received in January have not been approved.
The invoices state that the fees must be paid within 30 days.
Partly edited and only given initials as names, the invoices show 7 different initials. The indictment begins Nov. 19, six days after Chancellor Donde Plowman said an unidentified person reported possible NCAA recruitment violations to campus authorities.
This investigation is still ongoing.
Pruitt and nine other Tennessee trainers and staff were fired on January 18 after allegations of NCAA recruitment violations surfaced. The allegations came to light when the Vols played the final game of the season against Texas A&M on December 19.
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Pruitt’s attorney Michael Lyons said, “There was no evidence that Coach Pruitt was either actively involved in alleged violations or knew they were occurring.”
“Coach Pruitt and I look forward to defending any allegation he has implicated in NCAA misconduct and examining the university’s intent to demolish and destroy Coach Pruitt’s reputation in order to obtain his contracted damages avoid, “said Lyons.