Tennessee Vol fans are in disbelief after losing their team to a one-game NCAA suspension, but the school’s athletic director insists the university won’t be punished for its actions.
The NCAA has suspended Tennessee Vol coach Butch Jones and all 15 of its athletic assistants following the team’s defeat at Florida State on Saturday.
The Vols lost by just five points.
Jones and his staff were also fined $1.4 million for their actions during the game.
Tennessee athletic director Pat Narduzzi spoke to reporters on Monday, saying the university is “still looking into the matter” but will not be penalized for its behavior.
“We will not have any disciplinary actions taken against the football program,” Nardazzi said.
“We are focused on continuing to grow our programs, and our athletic department, and the university will continue to grow and grow.”
Jones told reporters he was not aware of any sanctions being taken against his team and that he was focused on trying to improve the Vols’ record.
“I am focused on doing whatever I can to make sure that we can keep winning,” Jones said.
Nardazzis comments came days after the university announced a new contract with assistant athletic director Mark Johnson, who led the Vol teams loss to Florida State.
Narducci said the new contract will give the Vol program a chance to regain its place in the SEC championship picture.