Just when you thought the story couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it did. After the Tennessee football program fired head coach Jeremy Pruitt and multiple assistants due to their connections to recruiting violations following an investigation, additional details are beginning to surface.
One of those details includes fast food.
According to Dan Patrick of NBC Sports, things were so sloppy in Knoxville that assistant head coaches and others were walking around campus handing money to recruits in McDonald’s bags.
That’s right, the Vols assistants were handing out McDonald’s bags full of cash to lure plays to play at Tennessee.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
“I was told that there are a few things that are going on here and I asked my source ‘How did they get these assistant head coaches on recruiting violations?’ And he said ‘Well, they put money into McDonald’s bags and gave them to the recruits when they came on campus. Some of the campus visits were not organized or they were not above board, but they were handing out cash,” Patrick said his source told him. “So you literally had bag men and they put the cash in McDonald’s bags and handed it to the recruits.’
“My source said they were so in-your-face with it — they weren’t even trying to hide it. And that’s where my source said ‘Tennessee got sloppy, Georgia got sloppy, but there’s been no word on the NCAA looking at Georgia. But Tennessee, they got sloppy and they were handing out cash in McDonalds bags.'”
Let this be a lesson to other head coaches: if you are going to commit recruiting violations, ditch the fast food.
And at the very least, try to hide it.