Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 2:20 pm  |  8 responses

SEC Suspends Bruce Pearl for Eight Games

Back in September, Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl finally admitted to committing many NCAA violations. Pearl improperly hosted prospects at his home in 2008, and also made excessive calls to recruits. The University cut Pearl’s pay by $1.5 million over five years and banned him from participating in off-campus recruiting for a year, and today the SEC laid the law. From the USA Today:  ”Bruce Pearl has been suspended for the Volunteers’ first eight conference games this season due to NCAA rules violations that were discovered over the summer. Pearl was found to have lied to NCAA investigators as they investigated allegations of rules violations by Pearl and his staff. The coach told investigators he didn’t know where a photo of a recruit — who was a high school junior at the time — had been taken, but investigators already knew that the photo was taken at Pearl’s home. Hosting a high school junior at an off-campus site is prohibited by NCAA rules. On the dates of the games in which Pearl is suspended, he is prohibited from all team activities, which include, but are not limited to practices, meetings, pre- and post-game activities and the game itself.”

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  • arjae828

    B.S. ! racism, class-ism, double standard…you name it. If this were a player they’d be ineligible for at least the year, maybe indefinitely, and expelled. How is it that those who are PAID are held to lower standards? I genuinely despise the NCAA.

  • tRay

    ^^me too man me too smh.

  • http://yahoo.com Big O.

    @arjae828, I couldn’t have said it better. The coaches should be held to a higher standard ’cause they should be setting an example for the players to play. Enes Kanter and Josh Shelby is being punished for some baby-type eligibility issues! Please, give me a break! This is a double-standard……highway robbery…most of those coaches do break the recruiting rules they just have not been caught. The NCAA needs to make a “Poster Child” out of Bruce Pearl and make him ineligible to coaching for the season.

  • Zack

    Damn Kentucky fans?? Florida maybe??

  • http://google c_cantrell

    9 out of 10 coaches break some type of ncaa rule every season i mean we should be used to hearing this by now

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Yall should remember tho, this is just the SEC’s suspension. The NCAA could still lay the hammer down on Pearl, it just won’t happen until the spring time when the investigation ends.

  • arjae828

    update…josh selby got suspended MORE GAMES than Bruce Pearl…what?! … and Bruce Pearl is suspended for the first 8 conference games, which means…he’s coaching RIGHT NOW…deplorable NCAA…deplorable…

  • Hammer Time

    This Guy should be fired. There program is a disgrace for allowing this!