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NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:33 am
 
A 22-month investigation into Tennessee's men's basketball and football programs has led to basketball coach Bruce Pearl being charged with unethical conduct, failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of all assistant coaches, according to the NCAA notice of allegations released Wednesday. Former UT football coach Lane Kiffin, now at Southern California, was also charged with failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant coaches.

(Click this link to read the full notice of allegations.)

Nearly every significant detail in the notice of allegations is information previously reported by CBSSports.com -- most notably that Pearl hosted recruits at his home for a cookout on September 20, 2008 in violation of NCAA rules, then lied to the enforcement staff on June 14, 2010 when presented with a picture taken of him and former recruit Aaron Craft. The existence of the picture and nature of Pearl's lie was first reported by CBSSports.com.

One new detail in the notice of allegations is that the NCAA claims Pearl, also on June 14, 2010, "failed to protect the integrity of the investigation when he placed a series of phone calls to John Craft, the father of Craft, who visited Pearl's home during an unofficial visit. ... Pearl placed the first telephone call prior to the start of Pearl's interview with the enforcement staff and the institution. During a subsequent telephone call, Pearl reminded John Craft that it was a violation of NCAA legislation for his family to have attended the cookout, and that Pearl gave John Craft a choice to attend the cookout. Pearl's conversation with John Craft caused John Craft to believe that Pearl was trying to influence John Craft's statements to the NCAA enforcement staff."

Tennessee has until May 21 to submit a response to the notice of allegations.

School officials will then appear before the committee on infractions on June 10-11.
Category: NCAAB
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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 4:38 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Well, it's all in the math.  UCon(n) had eight major violations, Tennessee had one.  Calhoun made a couple of assistants fall on the sword for him, and he acted like Reagan at the end of his term; asleep at the wheel.  I think we, and the NCAA, all know better, but it just proves that Pearl should have just kept on lying.
It worked for Calhoun, Calipari (twice), Cam, Cam's daddy, Chizik.  Gee, that's a lot of C's.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:36 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Since this trouble hit with Pearl, Tennessee has done everything right.  They have cooperated extensively with the NCAA and their attorney is Mike Glazer who founded his law firm with Mike Slive (current SEC commisioner) and who specializes in NCAA dealings.  We will see in June how well this worked.  



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:07 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

I stand with Coach Bruce Pearl.  He had recruits to his house for a BBQ and he lied about it to the NCAA.  He has admitted his mistake.  He has been stripped of $1.5 Million, suspended from coaching 8 conference games and banned from recruiting on the road for a year.  Should the man lose his job because he had recruits to his house for a BBQ? Bruce considers all of his players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc. as family and he loves to entertain at his house. He screwed up by inviting recruits to his house to show them the family atmosphere that exsists within UT basketball.  He was wrong.  And then, when caught, he was scared and he lied about it.  No question he was wrong.  But should he be fired for this?  Did he pay a player? NO Did he give a player a car? NO.  Bruce runs a pretty clean program, which can not be said for many other top programs.  Lets look at the good he has done for UT basketball, the city of Knoxville and the entire world of college basketball.  Look at the Outlive program that has raised much needed money for cancer research, look at what he has done with the camps for the special needs kids, look at the charities he helps on.  Bruce is always there to help out when needed.  
He made a mistake. Lets not lose a great asset to college basketball.



OH MY GOD THIS IS GARBAGE



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:49 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

I stand with Coach Bruce Pearl.  He had recruits to his house for a BBQ and he lied about it to the NCAA.  He has admitted his mistake.  He has been stripped of $1.5 Million, suspended from coaching 8 conference games and banned from recruiting on the road for a year.  Should the man lose his job because he had recruits to his house for a BBQ? Bruce considers all of his players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc. as family and he loves to entertain at his house. He screwed up by inviting recruits to his house to show them the family atmosphere that exsists within UT basketball.  He was wrong.  And then, when caught, he was scared and he lied about it.  No question he was wrong.  But should he be fired for this?  Did he pay a player? NO Did he give a player a car? NO.  Bruce runs a pretty clean program, which can not be said for many other top programs.  Lets look at the good he has done for UT basketball, the city of Knoxville and the entire world of college basketball.  Look at the Outlive program that has raised much needed money for cancer research, look at what he has done with the camps for the special needs kids, look at the charities he helps on.  Bruce is always there to help out when needed. 
He made a mistake. Lets not lose a great asset to college basketball.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:31 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Good point, Sportsfan52.  If the NCAA was happy with a 3 game suspension for Calhoun, it should accept the 8-game suspension that Pearl has already served.  I think Mike Slive knew what he was doing when he slapped that suspension on Pearl.  It also makes me wonder about whether the AD at Tennessee is asleep at the switch.  It is not a good thing to have the conference commissioner find it necessary to step in and do what is right.  Kudo's to Slive.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:19 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Tough break for Tennessee.  I guess Kiffin & Pearl were trying to live up to that NASCAR/SEC mentality of "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'".  Oh well!  UT's loss is Ohio St's gain...Aaron Craft is turning out to be a good ballplayer.  Thanks Bruce!!



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:15 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Yea, this might appear to be a less of a violation.  As your mother should have taught you, if you come clean and tell the truth you will be better off, is definetly the case the with NCAA they do not like being lied to.  Just ask Dez Bryant.  I see a 1 year suspension coming for Pearl. 



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:11 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

I followed the link and read some of the documents.  I was somewhat dissapointed, though not at all surprised, that Mike Hamilton's statement did not contain his resignation.

It will be interesting to see Pearl's punishment given the Uconn precedent and the penalties already imposed by the school and the SEC.  Many believe that Pearl will be suspended for a year, but I just don't see how they can do that in good concience given the UConn precedent.   Wait, the NCAA has no concience, nor rarely a common basis for their decisions.





Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:07 pm
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Brew, not sure how you see this as less than UConn.....perhaps in number, but certainly not in seriousness or consequence.  See ya Brucie, get the hell out of our league, and good luck finding a job with that show-cause stamped to your forehead.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:49 am
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

Certainly much less than Calhoun's eight major violations.  UT should certainly get smaller penalties.  Looks like the 'AA really wanted to nail Kiffin for something...anything and he made it easy for them.  Looks like he went against the athletic department's wishes on compliance issues so the football team will not get hit very hard.  Should be interesting to see if Haden acts on this.


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