The Tennessee Vols received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Friday afternoon in regards to the recruiting investigation that started in late 2020 when Jeremy Pruitt was the program’s head coach.
Pruitt was fired as a result of the investigation and Josh Heupel was subsequently hired as UT’s head coach.
One of the interesting things in the report is the mention of Mcdonald’s and Chick-Fil-A.
When the news originally broke about the investigation back in 2020, Dan Patrick went on his show and said that Tennessee was handing out bags of cash in Mcdonald’s bags.
Source: Tennessee #Vols got sloppy with recruiting. They were handing recruits cash in McDonald's bags when they visited campus.— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 19, 2021
Also a name to look out for to fill the Head Coaching vacancy: Jason Witten pic.twitter.com/HKDd02rldz
Tennessee handing out bags of cash in fast food bags became a popular joke on social media thanks to Patrick’s claim
The report indeed states that McDonald’s food was purchased for recruits. The bags, however, didn’t have cash in them.
"On at least two occasions, the staff bought McDonald’s for prospects and their families, though the bags included just food and not cash, as was erroneously reported by Dan Patrick. Staff members did, however, buy Chick-fil-A breakfasts for recruits."— Lucas Panzica (@lucaspanzica) July 22, 2022
What a sentence. https://t.co/ZHNnj4cM5O
Tennessee allegedly paid over $60,000 to recruits in cash/impermissible benefits. Whether or not it was delivered in a McDonald’s bag is ultimately irrelevant. But at least Vols fans finally know that the rumor that Patrick started is completely false.
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