Not sure the NCAA has the stones to do it, but UT could come out of it with LOIC tacked onto them.........they think the firing and admission absolves them, but they are on the hook for it as well......... I don’t think Pruitt’s lawyers would do what they have done without somethingTennessee decided that instead of paying Pruitt they would admit guilt so they could fire him without cause. An incredibly stupid and spiteful move in my opinion, but it's what they did.
This put Pruitt in a fairly untenable situation. Either he just walks away, without the money and with his reputation in tatters or he fights back and tries to place at least some of the blame back on Tennessee and get some money back in the process.
From what I understand the two positions are basically this. Tennessee claims that this is all Pruitts doing. Fulmer and all those other guys were squeaky clean and Pruitt came in with his dirty pedigree (read between the lines here) and brought with him this pay for play scheme.
Pruitt's position is radically different. He's saying they have proof it was going on before he was there, and that he's basically the patsy (which is probably closer to the truth). It is a dangerous game of chicken but I'm not sure what choice he had.
If he let things stand the record would be that he was fired with cause and everything at Tennessee was his doing. If he can get Tennessee to back down about this, then that in the least gives him some plausible deniability. If this goes forward though it does seem to be headed towards mutually assured destruction.