The latest college football news, notes, and happenings for Monday, January 18th
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Jeremy Pruitt Fired By Tennessee
Tennessee has fired head coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phil Fulmer is expected to retire. Pruitt appeared to have the program on track after an 8-5 2019 season with a bowl win, followed up by a 2-0 start in 2020, but the team collapsed with a 3-7 record.
Pruitt departs with a 16-19 record, an investigation into possible recruiting violations, leaving the program with another high-profile coaching search to come.
Jeremy Pruitt fired as Tennessee football coach for cause after internal investigation.
Pruitt was 16-19 in three seasons.
— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) January 18, 2021
Justin Fields to turn pro
Ohio State QB Justin Fields has announced he’s turning pro – the deadline to file is Tuesday.
The star leaves Ohio State after throwing for 5,373 yards with 63 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions, and he ran for 867 yards and 15 scores. This all after starting at Georgia, where he ran for four touchdowns and threw four scoring passes. He led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Championships, two College Football Playoff appearances, and one trip to the national championship.
He’s expected to be one of the top 15 overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and possibly as high as No. 2.
Next Chapter. pic.twitter.com/Q4iWJop4WI
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) January 18, 2021
DeVonta Smith will go to the Senior Bowl
Heisman-winning Alabama WR DeVonta Smith will attend the Senior Bowl and will go through the various processes, but he almost certainly won’t play as he recovers from the injury suffered in the national championship.
Excited to add Heisman winner Devonta Smith to this year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl. He will not be cleared to participate in any on-field activities due to thumb injury but he will go thru team meetings with Coach Flo’s🐬 staff and interview with decision-makers from all 32 clubs.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 18, 2021