Food fight in Knoxville

When it comes to any future in college football coaching, clearly Jeremy Pruitt’s run out of fucks to give.

The lawyer representing former Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt gave UT an ultimatum this month: Either reach a settlement with Pruitt by Oct. 29, or face a lawsuit that the lawyer claims has the potential to “cripple UT’s athletic programs for years.”

The university intends to stand its ground, with no plans to settle, promising a “vigorous defense” if Pruitt chooses to go to court. A lawsuit is a certainty if there’s no settlement, said Michael Lyons, Pruitt’s Texas-based lawyer, in an interview Tuesday with the USA TODAY Network.

“On behalf of my client, I can tell you that he’s not happy that this is the only choice they’ve left him with,” Lyons said, “but he’s not going to walk away without getting his day in court.”

“He’s going to file a lawsuit,” Lyons added. “They’re not leaving him much choice.”

Here’s the zero fucks part:

Lyons’ letter made no attempt to defend Pruitt, but instead threatened a lawsuit that would aim to embarrass the university and unmask widespread rule-breaking behavior Lyons alleges extends above and beyond Pruitt’s football staff…

Lyons made several broad assertions in his letter to UT that are not supported with details in his letter, writing that his law firm unearthed “startling information” that points toward NCAA rule-breaking conduct dating back several years and across multiple sports.

Lyons alleges that university administrators ignored or covered up NCAA violations occurring before and during the Pruitt era, and he wrote that UT’s administration was involved in or encouraged impermissible recruiting tactics. Lyons wrote that his firm has learned of impermissible booster involvement in recruiting across multiple sports.

“If Coach Pruitt is forced to file a lawsuit,” Lyons wrote, “it is inevitable that this information will become public, embarrass UT and those associated with it, including its largest donors, and result in debilitating NCAA sanctions.”

A potential lawsuit, Lyons wrote, is a “no-win situation” for Tennessee.  [Emphasis added.]

Ummm… is it possible to bring anything new to the table that would embarrass UT?  We’re going from a meteor game to a meteor lawsuit, except that, unlike the game, both sides can lose in discovery.  And I’m all here for it.

Pruitt’s lawyer is the same dude who helped David Beaty prevail against Kansas.  The problems he’s got here are that he doesn’t have Jeff Long on the other side and he’s already admitting his client’s hands aren’t exactly pristine.

Speaking of less than pristine, Pruitt’s former boss is having a sad.

“The days I interviewed each candidate for the head football coaching position at the University of Tennessee, including Jeremy Pruitt, I emphasized that you did not have to cheat to win at the University of Tennessee and that cheating would not be tolerated,” Fulmer told ESPN. “Jeremy has no one to blame but himself for his firing from UT. He had a great opportunity at a great university, and he simply screwed it up.”

He wasn’t the only person at UT who simply screwed up.  I hope Jeremy’s attorney has a little dirt to share on Phil.  Unleash the popcorn bags!

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57 responses to “Food fight in Knoxville

  1. Even if only portions of what Babushka’s lawyer’s letter are true about other sports, the UT athletic program could be in a world of hurt for a long time. Here’s my only response and I need to run to Costco to stock up on popcorn:

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  2. Salty Dawg

    I don’t ask for much but I am asking for this! I hope the tea is going to spill! Make room, Senator! I’m bringing the Chex mix!

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    • artistformerlyknownasbman

      I also don’t ask for much, but I want this thing to go to court and for Pruitt’s lawyers to list Rush Probst as a witness. As long as we’re wrecking trains, let’s really wreck the mofos.

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  3. ZeroPOINTzero

    Pretty please with sugar on top.

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    “I emphasized that you did not have to cheat to win at the University of Tennessee and that cheating would not be tolerated.”
    Because Fulmer was above reproach as head coach. His program was as pure as the driven snow.

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  5. David D

    There’s been a lot of malfeasance over the years with little actual winning up there in Knoxvegas. Not quite the means to an end that RockyTop was hoping for, but I’m not complaining.

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  6. spur21

    Everybody seems to enjoy watching a slow motion train wreck – especially if it’s the Knoxville Express.

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  7. Faltering Memory

    This is going to look like the parade in Animal House.

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  8. Ran A

    In the words of Lane Kiffin, “get out your popcorn”. Considering the over-all response that UT had with their water bottle, mustard jar, golf ball slinging fans, it’s clear that they have no problem getting into the mud.

    What’s the old saying? Never get into a fight with a pig, you’ll end up getting filthy and dirty and the pig will just like it”.

    Fulmer – does anybody believe anything that comes out of this guys mouth?

    Tennessee’s arrogance finds no bounds. They have been fundamentally bad for over a decade and they still act like they are untouchable. If they had 1/2 a brain, they would write Pruitt a check right the ‘F’ now.

    Karma is a bitch. It started coming around when Kirby got to Georgia and it looks like it is about to hit full gear there.

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  9. fisheriesdawg

    The timing couldn’t be any more perfect. Just when Tennessee was starting to look like it was coming back into relevance, their fans utterly embarrass themselves in front of the nation and then the former coach threatens to fertilize their future Level I/II violation sanctions out of spite. I’m here for it.

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  10. Derek

    There’s a reason Auburn always pays the full buyout.

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  11. practicaldawg

    Get your popcorn, drink cans, and mustard bottles. And leave it all on the field (literally).

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  12. Tennessee is going to play every red cent.

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  13. Terry McCullers

    Take no prisoners!, What the Senator said as the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!

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  14. spur21

    Wonder if papa Mays will point finger at………..oh wait.

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  15. W Cobb Dawg

    If Pruitt’s attorney really wanted to scare everyone associated with 10rc, he’d threaten to put them on a diet.

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  16. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Looks like Redneck Mr. Potato Head wants his damn money and is willing to burn down Hillbillyville (more than it already has been) to get it.

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  17. Phil Fulmer, who engineered a palace coup so that he could hand-fucking-pick Pruitt as the Vols’ new coach, now trying to pull a Family Circus “not me” as he rides off on his high horse. Wouldn’t have expected anything less.

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  18. Texas Dawg

    threatened a lawsuit that would aim to embarrass the university and unmask widespread rule-breaking behavior Lyons alleges extends above and beyond Pruitt’s football staff…

    Translation: Pay me or else I will release damaging information. If you make the same threats without a lawyer, isn’t that called blackmail?

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    • Muttley

      This is orangemail.

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    • miltondawg

      I think, Texas, that the attorney for Pruitt’s defense to a charge of extortion would be that he wasn’t threatening to reveal information if they didn’t pay Pruitt. He was threatening to sue the university if they didn’t pay Pruitt. I know that the distinction is pretty thin, but that would be his defense.

      “I didn’t threaten to reveal damaging information if they didn’t pay my client. I threatened to sue them if they didn’t pay my client. And I simply let them know that if we were forced to sue that my client’s lawsuit could, in the normal course of pleadings and discovery, reveal cheating and scandals throughout the athletic department that we have uncovered in our investigation of the university.”

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  19. Whiskey Dawg

    What Pruitt did at Tennessee is priceless. Other SEC fan bases thank you. I say, pay the man what he wants.

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    • originaluglydawg

      The day Fulmer got back involved in the program is a day that shall live in infamy for the Hillbilly Nation. Anyone with any knowledge of UT football history could predict the outcome of letting that snake in the grass slither into the field house. With Fulmer running things, Pruitt never had a chance. And when the dumpster fire started to roar, Fulmer threw JP in it and hoped he could just sort of slither away and not take any heat.
      Even if Tennessee settles, the truth is going to work itself out. It’s too good of a story not to be in print.
      If I were Pruitt’s lawyer, I’d let it slip that JP is working on a book deal.

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  20. godawgs1701

    File the lawsuit now, you cowards! I need the bye week entertainment.

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  21. whb209

    Didn’t Trump’s lawyer go to jail for pulling that same stuff on Nike?
    Pay me or I will tell.
    Blackmail
    (not political because Trump had nothing to do with this)

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  22. Nil Butron is a Pud

    As Auburn knows, you’re not paying the whore to stay…you’re paying her to leave…

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  23. bigjohnson1992

    They better act right this week. If Saban gets hit with any flying objects, rest assured, UT will,get the death penalty. Joey Freshwater? Not so much…..

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