Jeremy Pruitt was fired as the Tennessee Vols’ head coach in January after the program opened an investigation into impermissible benefits.
The investigation is ongoing, so we’re still waiting on the results, but there’s expected to be multiple Level I violations revealed that occurred under Pruitt’s watch.
Though we don’t know the exact details of what happened under Pruitt, it’s clear the former Alabama defensive coordinator wasn’t running a clean program at Tennessee.
With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of Pruitt’s key coaching mentors is now under investigation for alleged misconduct.
Rush Propst, the current head coach at Valdosta High School in Georgia, was named in a 64-page deposition made public in Georgia this week.
In the deposition, Valdosta Touchdown Club director Michael Nelson accuses Propst of, among other things, taking funds meant to pay for stadium advertising for personal use, instructing Nelson to raise money to pay rent for a pair of high-profile quarterback transfers and interfering in the school’s coaching search. The deposition is part of a lawsuit brought by former Valdosta coach Alan Rodemaker, who is suing the school board for wrongful termination.
Propst is no stranger to controversy. Most recently, Propst was fired from Colquitt County High School in 2018 for “ethical violations”.
Pruitt coached under Propst at Hoover High School from 2004-2006.
In late 2017, Propst spoke with Pruitt about a spot on the Vols’ coaching staff.
Based on the things that allegedly happened at Tennessee during Pruitt’s tenure, it sounds like Propst would’ve fit in quite well.
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