The Tennessee Volunteers have notified former interim head soccer coach Kevin Steele that he won’t be retained on Josh Heupel’s employees however will obtain his full $900,000 wage over the following two years after lower than two months on the job.
Steele was employed by Tennessee on Jan. 12 as a defensive assistant whereas Jeremy Pruitt was nonetheless the top coach and Phillip Fulmer was nonetheless the athletic director.
Sources advised ESPN that college chancellor Donde Plowman personally signed off on the hiring of Steele. Six days later, Pruitt was fired for trigger following an investigation that uncovered what Plowman known as “critical violations of NCAA guidelines,” and Fulmer subsequently retired.
Steele, the previous defensive coordinator at Auburn, was named Tennessee’s interim head coach on the day Pruitt was fired and served in that capability till Heupel was employed 9 days in a while Jan. 27.
Heupel accomplished his teaching employees on Thursday with the announcement that Mike Ekeler would coach outdoors linebackers and particular groups.
Steele’s $900,000 buyout can be mitigated if he lands one other job. Tennessee is now on the hook for greater than $10 million in buyouts and/or settlements following Pruitt’s ouster. Tennessee is paying Heupel’s $3.6 million buyout at UCF together with new athletic director Danny White’s $2.5 million buyout at UCF.
As well as, the college is paying Fulmer the remaining wage on his contract ($37,500 a month by way of the tip of 2023), whereas fired assistants from Pruitt’s employees — Jim Chaney, Chris Weinke and Joe Osovet — had mixed buyouts totaling greater than $2 million, though that determine may lower as these coaches get different jobs.
Of the Vols’ new assistant coaches, they paid a $450,000 buyout to get linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary from Michigan and a $62,500 buyout to get operating backs coach Jerry Mack from Rice.
Tennessee remains to be resolving what it owes former assistant head coach/receivers coach Tee Martin, who took a job with the Baltimore Ravens as receivers coach. And whereas Tennessee fired Pruitt for trigger and has no plans to pay his $12.6 million buyout, his attorneys have mentioned they are going to combat that cost and try to gather the cash he is owed.