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Tennessee fires Kevin Steele less than 2 months after hiring

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Tennessee has fired Kevin Steele, and the longtime football coach could be paid up to $ 860,870 in severance pay for a job he held for seven weeks.

Steele was fired on Tuesday for no reason. He had until Friday to return any university property still in his possession, according to a copy of his termination letter.

Tennessee hired Auburn’s former defensive coordinator on Jan.12 when Jeremy Pruitt remained head coach. But Pruitt was fired on Jan.18, and Tennessee hired Josh Heupel on Jan.27. Heupel finished his coaching staff earlier this week, and Tim Banks is his new defensive coordinator.

Steele will be paid in monthly installments until Jan.31, 2023, though he will be forced to try and find a job that will help reduce the amount Tennessee owes him.


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