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SportNCAA silliness: Tennessee coach commits violation by congratulating high school alma mater

17:36  11 july  2019
17:36  11 july  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Tennessee had to self-report a minor NCAA violation after Jeremy Pruitt congratulated his alma mater If you’re looking for an example of how silly NCAA rules can be, look no further than a slap on the Back in March, Pruitt sent out a tweet congratulating his high school alma mater , Plainview

Tennessee 's football coach mentioned Plainville High School , his alma mater , in a congratulatory tweet from his " Congratulations Robi Coker and Plainview High School on back to back State Championships! More Stories. Pruitt commits NCAA violation for congratulating alma mater .

NCAA silliness: Tennessee coach commits violation by congratulating high school alma mater© Provided by Oath Inc. Tennessee had to self-report a minor NCAA violation after Jeremy Pruitt congratulated his alma mater for winning a state title. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

If you’re looking for an example of how silly NCAA rules can be, look no further than a slap on the wrist Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt recently received.

Back in March, Pruitt sent out a tweet congratulating his high school alma mater, Plainview High School in Rainsville, Alabama, for winning the state title in boys’ basketball.

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Wed Jul 10, 2019 Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt committed a minor NCAA violation earlier this year by tweeting his congratulations when the high The tweet was deleted minutes later, after a compliance official noted that it constituted an impermissible endorsement of a high school team and

Violation : Three current student-athletes received food in excess of NCAA regulation at a graduation banquet. The three had graduated from the school Because the pasta constituted a full meal and not a snack, Oklahoma wanted to be extra-vigilant. In addition, the school reported an assistant coach 's

No big deal, right? Wrong.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Pruitt soon heard from UT’s compliance department letting him know that the tweet was an “impermissible endorsement of a high school team and its coach.” That was the case even though Pruitt, a football coach, congratulated the school’s basketball team. Not to mention, it’s a school where his dad worked for nearly three decades.

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But it’s still an NCAA violation. The tweet was taken down after 37 minutes and the compliance staff had to remind Pruitt — and the UT staff member who helps him with his Twitter account — of certain rules. Because the UT compliance staff quickly recognized the so-called issue, the NCAA did not reprimand the coach or his program.

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Tennessee Head Coach Phillip Fulmer is greeted by fans as he walks in with his family for the last time in a NCAA college football game against Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. Additionally, a Vols assistant called the father of a recruit who was a junior in high school before the first permissible contact date.

Sequoyah High School is a public high school in Madisonville, Tennessee . The school , a part of Monroe County Schools , was built in 1995 and combined Vonore High School and Madisonville High School . It is named after the Cherokee Indian Sequoyah.

From the News Sentinel:

Tennessee noted in its report that Pruitt violated NCAA bylaw 11.3.2.8. It states that "an athletics department staff member shall not promote or endorse a prospective student-athlete's team or coach, or an athletics facility that is primarily used by prospective student-athletes."

If Pruitt liked, marked as a favorite or republished something on social media to indicate approval, that would not violate NCAA bylaws. But constructing his own tweet did.

Another low level violation

Last year, Tennessee self-reported another minor violation after athletic director Phillip Fulmer, the school’s longtime head coach, assisted a group of offensive linemen during a practice drill. In its report, Tennessee said Fulmer “provided brief encouragement/instruction to two student-athletes” and did so for “less than 30 seconds” during a September practice.

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The committee said the university’s head coach violated NCAA head coach control rules when he did not promote rules compliance and monitor his staff to ensure The program also committed a Level III violation when the men’s basketball staff observed the head coach ’s prospect-aged son participating

Still, it was deemed a violation of the NCAA’s rules about the number of on-field coaches and resulted in a Level III violation.

As a result, the SEC barred Fulmer from attending football practice for five days and Tennessee gave him compliance education. What a blast that course must be!

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