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Source: UT parting ways with Pearl

Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:16 pm
Tennessee has decided to end Bruce Pearl's tenure as the school's men's basketball coach because of NCAA violations detailed in a notice of allegations received last month, a source told on Monday.

A formal announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.

A source told that Pearl is not expected to hold a press conference.

Pearl's NCAA issues became public last September when the school acknowledged recruiting violations. At the time, Pearl only said that he didn't "tell the truth the first time" NCAA investigators asked him about a violation; he declined to be more specific. subsequently reported that Pearl's lie centered around a picture that showed Aaron Craft, now a freshman at Ohio State, at Pearl's home while on an unofficial visit in violation of NCAA rules.

UT's notice of allegations confirmed that report.

The program was charged with seven major violations.

Pearl, predictably, was charged with unethical conduct.

Tennessee punished Pearl before the notice of allegations arrived. He was banned from off-campus recruiting for a year, had his salary cut and contract voided, and then the SEC suspended him for eight league games. Still, athletic director Mike Hamilton continued to publicly back Pearl, but that changed  last Wednesday when Hamilton appeared on a Knoxville radio station and, to the surprise of the UT staff, said Pearl's job status was unclear and that the school would decide whether to keep its coach at the conclusion of the season.

Michigan beat the Vols by 30 points in the Round of 64 two days later.

Now Pearl is out as UT's coach.

A search for his replacement has already begun.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:12 am

Source: UT parting ways with Pearl

There are a lot of conflicting reports about this situation, but here are the facts: 1)Hamilton did NOT want to fire Pearl and was willing to endure a potential 1 year suspension by the NCAA to keep him, 2)Pearl was actually fired 3 weeks ago by administration despite Hamilton's support-Hamilton screwed up news conference last week by kind of letting this info slip, but it wasn't announced until yesterday, 3) the NCAA was going to absolutely hammer UT if they did not fire Pearl.  Pearl has taken UT hoops to a place it had never been before, but an academic institution can not employ a coach who blatantly lies and tries to cover up his mistakes by urging others to lie for him.  Tennessee will recover, but it will take time.(please hire Shaka Smart)  

Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:17 am

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Bruce should not have been fired. Our AD Mike Hamilton is a complete joke and frankly how he continues to hold on to his job is just mind boggling.
Was Bruce a saint? No but I think overall Tennessee would have been better off weathering the storm with him.
Mike Hamilton has ruined Tennessee's football program and now he has ruined the basketball program as well. Thank god Pat Summit is so legendary otherwise I'm sure Hamilton would find a way to screw that up as well.
I have never called for another persons job but Mike Hamilton is an embarrassment to Tennessee.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 7:33 pm

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I agree tweet, if the Vols had made the Final Four, he would still have his job. That just seems to be the way it is in sports these days. If you win, anything less than murder and you still have a job. If you aren't winning and you get a parking ticket, you're gone. I guess the lesson kids will take away from these situations is to only break rules when your winning.Wink

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:51 pm

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I'm willing to bet what really happened was more along the lines of the AD going to Bruce Pearl after the embarrassing loss wanting an explanation for the team's pathetic effort and however he responded wasn't very well received by the athletic director.

This is sad and pathetic for different reasons, the least of which is that if Tennessee had made the Final Four, he'd still be there.  I mean if they were going to fire him because of what he did, why wait 9 months?  All the cards were on the table already this is ridiculous.  He's a great coach and Tennesse was barely on the map of the college basketball world before he got there.  They had a tumultuous season to say the least, they were amazing at times and disgraceful at others but they finished in one of the most embarrassing ways, getting absolutely blown out by an 8 seed.  Either way if what the coach did was justification for being fired enough, then there is no, ok you're fired but stay here until you play in the tournament policy. 

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:06 pm

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@SHANALE68, He was not punished twice.  First, his school issues self-imposed sanctions when the violations first came to light in order to try to lessen the sanctions the NCAA would hand down.  Then he was suspended 8 games by the SEC, not the NCAA.  The NCAA has yet to hand down ANY sanctions yet (but they will eventually).  All of these organizations have authority over Bruce Pearl and all can therefore levy whatever sanctions they want.

As for double jeopardy, that is a constitutional issue that refers to criminal liability imposed by the government.  None of these NCAA violations have anything to do with double jeopardy or the constitution and therefore no lawsuit could be forthcoming.

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:56 pm

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That's too bad, it not going to be the same hating UT now.  Pearl made it so easy.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:47 pm

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SHANALE, the NCAA hasn't done anything but issues a list of violations.  Their punishment will come down around September.  TN-Knoxville wanted to hang onto Pearl, but realized that if they did so, the NCAA would hammer them.  Pearl and TN-Knoxville will still be punished, but the school will probably get off with a lighter punishment now that he has been canned.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:40 pm

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The NCAA is a complete and total joke and we all know it. It doesn't matter what you do, but rather who you are and what you do for them. Suspend the kid from Baylor just prior to a conference tourney and yet all the players from the OSU are allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl after they have been caught and deemed guilty of violations? HAHAHAHAHA! NCAA you are an fing joke! It is too bad that the member institutions can't get together and disband from the NCAA altogether. Pearl was wrong, he lied, and he got caught and punished. As a Vol fan I hate to see him go, but it simply had to be done and I wish him the best of luck! Thanks for the memories Bruce!  NCAA = hypocrites.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:33 pm

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As a lifelong Illinois fan (think Deion Thomas/Pearl fiasco) I find this to be very satisfying. Bruce Pearl has and probably always will be a lying, cheating scumbag. Good riddance. Maybe he can get a job on TRU-TV with Keith Olberman.

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:33 pm

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So, did he get punished twice for the same violations or is there more since the initial one's. Links please for this please, I don't care what your nieghbor's, accountant's, cousin thinks.

If he was punished and paid the price, is a lawsuit coming? Double jeapardy, sounds like something most of you should be jumping all over.

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