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Sources: UT fires entire recruiting staff

Campus sources tell FootballScoop that the University of Tennessee has fired recruiting head "Bethany Gunn and all of her staff."

Tennessee made sweeping changes atop its football program Monday that included the termination of football coach Jeremy Pruitt and assistant coaches, Shelton Felton and Brian Niedermeyer. Phillip Fulmer also is retiring -- a move sources said was strongly encouraged to Fulmer and that Fulmer accepted.

"What is so disturbing is the number of violations and the number of people involved," UT Chancellor Donde Plowman said in a press conference. "Most of all we deeply regret the impact this may have on our student-athletes, particularly the vast majority of our football players who had no part in this."

Per sources with direct knowledge of the investigation, Gunn and her staff were directly implicated in some of the Volunteers' alleged misdeeds, with Plowman also nothing that the overall atmosphere was not one conducive to following the NCAA's mandated recruiting guidelines.

"For now I can tell you this," Plowman said, "the information provided today presents a significant number of serious NCAA rules violations.

"(Pruitt) did not promote or adhere to an atmosphere of compliance."

Added UT President Randy Boyd, "If you can't win the right way, you don't belong here."

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest developments.

Update> Tennessee has now announced they have terminated the director and assistant director of player personnel, four members of the on-campus recruiting staff and one analyst / quality control coach.