Credit SI.com's Luke Winn with scoring Bruce Pearl's first public comments since CBSSports.com reported last week that the Tennessee coach provided "incorrect and misleading information" to the NCAA about illegally hosting three recruits at his home in the Fall of 2008.
Winn grabbed Pearl at a coaching clinic in Long Island on Sunday. The best quote -- and perhaps the one that shows Pearl doesn't necessarily believe he's in the clear with the NCAA just yet, at least in terms of his job security -- came when Winn asked Pearl whether he believes the worst is yet to come.
"I don't know," Pearl said. "We did what we felt like we needed to do, to take steps proactively to penalize ourselves. I think the penalties were unprecedented in some scope. But we made mistakes. We provided false and misleading information to the NCAA. I should be made an example of, and I am -- I'm embarrassed. But I hope that the things we did don't rise to the level of termination."
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