From the standpoint of entertainment value, I’m sad to say this is probably an accurate assessment of Pruitt v. Tennessee.
With about four times the money at stake for Pruitt, Lyons isn’t going to cave easily.
This could get ugly – even uglier than it already appears to be.
That’s why I’d expect a settlement at some point.
Legal disputes between a famous coach and a famous institution seldom make it to a courtroom. Neither side benefits from dirty laundry being aired in a public trial.
Neither side? Pffft. Will no one think of the fans from other programs?
One complicating factor is that Pruitt appears to face a serious handicap.
College sports, actually, is rife with examples of universities backing coaches through all kinds of scandals. Those coaches are usually winning, though.
Pruitt was not.
Having said that, the facts do appear to be on the university’s side.
Lyons’ statement questioned the existence of evidence to prove Pruitt could have prevented the alleged violations, but it didn’t dispute that they happened. The language in Pruitt’s contract is clear that NCAA infractions by his staff would allow UT to fire him for cause.
Well, you know what they say when the facts aren’t on your side. The thing is, Tennessee probably doesn’t want to hear that table being pounded. More accurately, Tennessee doesn’t want the rest of us hearing that table being pounded. As Estes wrote, “The optics of having to try this case in court could be horrendous.”
Shit, man, that’s what we’re counting on!