Tennessee officials say they fired Jenny Wright as director of the school's office of student judicial affairs for refusing to cooperate with a university investigation into whether she had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes.
Wright's lawyer says there were no inappropriate relationships to investigate.
Robert Kurtz, the lawyer representing Wright, said Tuesday that his client "categorically denies having any inappropriate contact with any students."
Wright was fired Monday after failing to appear at a meeting to discuss the allegations against her.
Wright, 32, submitted a letter of resignation on Thursday rather than participating in the investigation. Tennessee refused to accept her resignation and fired her instead.
Kurtz says Wright tried to resign rather than cooperate with the investigation because she feared a "witch hunt" that would cause a distraction.