Sunday, September 12th, 2010 at 1:40 pm  |  7 responses

Tennessee, Coach Pearl ‘Mislead’ NCAA

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.”

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  • The Philosopher

    At least he is taking it like a soldier.
    At the end of the day, he probably just wanted his team to win.
    It could be a lot worse.
    At least he still has a job.

  • chrisneww

    for some reason Tennessee cant do shit right when it comes to recruiting

  • nastierthanu4

    The Ncaa levied the penalties and added they will still be getting paid from and finally have made it to the point where they are making money hand over fist.

  • JTaylor21

    Just start paying the players and all these illegal activities will cease to exist.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    They can’t though, if the players are being paid they’re no longer amateurs! :O :O :O Oh no!!!!!!!!!!

  • LA Huey

    A college coach doing something shady? No way! We all know that everyone and everything done in NCAA sports is out of the love of the game and representing one’s school.

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