Yahoo! reports: “The latest black eye for Tennessee came Friday when men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl acknowledged publicly that he gave misleading and incorrect information to the NCAA about possible violations during a 17-month investigation of his program. … Hamilton anticipates the NCAA to levy unethical conduct charges against Pearl and his staff, and as a pre-emptive punishment he is reducing Pearl’s pay by $1.5 million over five years and prohibiting him from participating in off-campus recruiting for a year beginning Sept 24. Pearl’s three assistants also had their pay reduced and cannot participate in off-campus recruiting for periods varying from three months to a year. Pearl made his announcement less than 24 hours after Tennessee received a letter from the NCAA notifying the university of an official investigation into the entire athletic department. The probe includes possible recruiting violations by the men’s basketball program and the football team during former coach Lane Kiffin’s one-year tenure. ‘This is a tough time, but we’re going to get through it as an institution, as a basketball staff, as an athletic staff,’ Hamilton said. An emotional Pearl apologized for his part in ‘letting everybody down.’ He provided false information to the NCAA while being interviewed in June about allegations of excessive phone calls made to recruits. Pearl notified officials three weeks later that he had provided the NCAA incorrect information. ‘I’ve made some serious mistakes, and for that I’m truly sorry,’Pearl said tearfully at a news conference. ‘I provided incorrect and misleading information to the NCAA. I’ve learned some invaluable lessons. After I provided the false and misleading information, subsequently I went back and corrected the record. I learned that it’s not OK to tell the truth most of the time, but you’ve got to tell the truth all of the time,’ he said.”