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Sport Jeremy Pruitt responds to report that he interfered with medical staff's treatment of players

13:30  28 november  2019
13:30  28 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt disputes ESPN report that he interfered with former medical staff members' treatment . Smith, a junior offensive lineman, has followed a specially designed medical plan this season, playing in every game after missing the final five games of last season due to blood

Former sports medicine staff at Tennessee, however, said that Pruitt pressured athletic trainers and interfered with how they managed his players . “ He wanted us to wait until he decided it was OK. He thought that the players were too soft and sometimes they needed a second to get up and shake it off.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday he did not arrange for the firing or reassignment of former team medical staff members or interfere with the medical treatment of athletes.

Jeremy Pruitt standing in front of a crowd: Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt takes the field during a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 26, 2019.© Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt takes the field during a game between Tennessee and South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

“Absolutely not. Our athletic training staff has always reported to the athletic director," Pruitt said.

Former members of the Tennessee's sports medicine staff told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” in a story that published Tuesday, Pruitt tried to pressure athletic trainers and interfere with the medical staff's treatment of injured athletes. The ESPN story did not name those former medical staff members.

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Former employees with Tennessee' s sports medicine staff told Outside the Lines that in those first months, Pruitt tried to pressure athletic trainers and interfere with how sports medicine staff managed injured athletes. The two doctors did not respond to requests for an interview.

Tennessee hired Pruitt in December 2017.

After spring practice in 2018, UT fired head football athletic trainer John Burnside, who served in that position during Butch Jones’ final season. Burnside and Senior Associate Athletics Director Tyler Johnson signed the termination letter, dated April 27, 2018. The letter did not specify the reason for his firing.

Additionally, ESPN reported two orthopedic doctors with Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic were reassigned from the football program to elsewhere within the athletic department.

Tennessee hired Jeronimo Boche as its head football athletic trainer in June 2018. He’s in his second season on the staff.

Boche came to UT after serving as the head football athletic trainer at James Madison. He previously worked 10 years as an assistant football athletic trainer at Florida State, where Pruitt was the defensive coordinator in 2013.

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NCAA legislation requires student-athletes to receive independent medical care from team physicians and athletic trainers by giving those medical staff members autonomous authority to make decisions related to the health and safety of athletes, without influence from coaches or athletic department personnel.

"Our sports medicine staff reports directly to the Director of Athletics," Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak wrote in a statement to ESPN, "and our coaches understand that sports medicine personnel have unchallengeable authority as it relates to student-athlete health and NCAA medical standards of care."

Pruitt applauded the team's current medical staffers, calling them "some of the best in the country."

“If you look at our athletic training staff, starting with Dr. (Chris) Klenck, he does a phenomenal job. Jeronimo Boche, Matt Rappé (of the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic), these guys have done a fantastic job," Pruitt said.

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"Over the course of the year, we’ve had a lot of guys that’s been banged up. We’ve probably had more injuries than most of the years that I’ve been coaching. I think they’ve done a phenomenal job getting these guys well. We’ve had guys that’s missed playing time this year. Look what they did with Trey Smith.”

Smith, a junior offensive lineman, has followed a specially designed medical plan this season, playing in every game after missing the final five games of last season due to blood clots in his lungs.

In a survey of college athletic trainers conducted by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association earlier this year, 76.3% of respondents said they feel they have medical autonomy. The survey showed that 36.3% of respondents said a coach influences the hiring or firing of sports medicine staff.

ESPN reported that former Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. told "Outside the Lines" he felt rushed into team workouts in the winter of 2018 after a knee injury sidelined him during the 2017 season. Kirkland reinjured his knee in February 2018, requiring a surgery.

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• Pruitt wanted staff to find reasons for him to visit his home state of Oklahoma. He has met with both Democratic and Republican members of Congress as part of inquiries into Pruitt . Pruitt denied in a Fox News interview that he knew of the raises prior to a report by The Atlantic that uncovered

Kirkland played the 2018 season but medically retired from football last summer due to lingering knee issues, eschewing his senior season. He told ESPN he does not blame Pruitt for what happened.

Kirkland will be honored at Neyland Stadium on Saturday (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network) as part of the team’s senior day festivities. Pruitt said Kirkland has visited the team a few times this season and "feels a part of this team."

“When Darrin decided that he was probably going to retire from football, that was one of the things that him and his family really wanted to do," Pruitt said of Kirkland returning to be honored on Saturday, "because they have so much pride in the University of Tennessee. Darrin was a phenomenal representative.”

Follow the Knoxville News Sentinel's Blake Toppmeyer on Twitter @btoppmeyer.

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