A few months ago, the Tennessee Volunteers faced a Title IX lawsuit brought forth by former students against the school’s athletic department. However, that legal black cloud seems to have moved away after the school reached a settlement with the plaintiffs in the suit.
The suit, which claimed the school had “created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student-athletes, especially football players,” mentioned former basketball player Yemi Makanjuola and former football players A.J. Johnson, Michael Williams and Riyahd Jones as those that had been involved in the sexual assault.
According to The Tennessean, the school agreed to pay the plaintiffs a total of $2.48 million, a price the university and athletic department will split.
Had this suit gone to trial and the school lost, it reportedly could have cost Tennessee nearly $5.5 million.