It’s an understatement to say things aren’t going well in Knoxville right now.

Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt is stuck in limbo as he awaits the results of an internal investigation into impermissible benefits.

As a result, Pruitt is unable to hire any assistants (Tennessee currently doesn’t have an offensive line coach or a defensive line coach).

Another side effect of the uncertainty appears to be assistant coaches wanting out of Knoxville.

247Sports reported on Friday that Tennessee strength coach AJ Artis, a North Carolina native who was promoted last year after Craig Fitzgerald left for the NFL, is “pushing hard” for the strength coach position at South Carolina.

According to 247Sports, if Artis is offered the job, he’ll take it.

Apparently, Artis isn’t the only coach wanting out.

“One source told me that many up there are trying to get out of Knoxville,” wrote 247Sports South Carolina reporter John Whittle.

With so much chaos surrounding the program right now, it’s certainly understandable that some assistants would seek employment that’s a little more secure.

Tennessee needs to settle this investigation quickly, or things are going to get much worse.

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