Aaron Craft is one of the reasons Ohio State is the No. 1 overall seed in this NCAA tournament.
He's also, at least partly, the reason Tennessee fired Bruce Pearl on Monday.
Pearl's NCAA troubles that led to his dismissal began last summer when the NCAA obtained a photo that showed Pearl hosting Craft at his Knoxville home in September 2008. Because Craft was a high school junior at the time, the contact was impermissible. Pearl lied about the details of the picture when the NCAA initially approached him about it. He was charged with unethical conduct last month and let go three days after UT's season ended.
Craft commented about Pearl to CBSSports.com.
"My heart goes out to him," Craft said. "I feel bad for Coach Pearl. He was a good guy to me. My heart goes out."
Ohio State plays Kentucky on Friday in the Sweet 16.