New Alleged Recruiting Violations Against Bruce Pearl
Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl is back on the front-end of another investigation by the NCAA for an alleged recruiting violation. Pearl recently returned to the sidelines from an eight game suspension for violations which included hosting a recruit at a barbecue in his home, lying about the recruit being present at the party and 96 impermissible calls to recruits. This time around, the violation being investigated involves an improper contact with a recruit for an alleged 2-3 minutes conversation with Jordan Adams, a junior forward at Oak Hill Academy, on September 14, 2010 before a team practice. Under NCAA rules, coaches can make casual greeting with players, but are not allowed to hold a conversation for a period of time on campus. Tennessee assistant Tony Jones was also present during the talk. During the summer, Pearl was cut $1.5 million from his salary over five years and was banned from recruiting off campus. Major sanctions could be on the way.