Auburn won't appeal show-cause against Bruce Pearl

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Bruce Pearl will stay off the recruiting trail until late August. (USATSI)

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When Auburn made the impactful hire of Bruce Pearl a little more than a month ago, one question stood out.

What would the school do about the show-cause Pearl was still under? Appealing it was a possibility. Remember, the reason the famous former Tennessee coach wasn't on the sidelines the past three seasons was due to an NCAA punishment handed out against Pearl after he lied to NCAA investigators regarding an infamous cookout at his home in the summer of 2008.

No appeal is coming. Auburn announced Tuesday that it will leave things be and keep Pearl away from recruiting until the show-cause expires, on Aug. 24.

"I felt strongly that not appealing the show-cause order was the right thing to do, and coach Pearl wholeheartedly agreed we should not contest it," Tigers AD Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "When I decided to hire coach Pearl, I was well aware of these restrictions and their ramifications. Coach Pearl and I both respect the process and we will fully honor the show-cause until it expires in August."

Pearl, in the statement, added: "When I received my show-cause penalty from the NCAA in August 2011, I chose then not to appeal as it would lessen my position of accountability. Auburn University, the SEC and the NCAA have given me an opportunity to return to coaching before my show-cause ends and I am grateful. I have confidence in our coaching staff’s ability to present Auburn University and its men’s basketball program until my show-cause ends."

The news come on the heels of Pearl completing his staff; former La Salle assistant Harris Adler joined the ranks this week.

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