May 20, 2010
Bruce Pearl Told Recruits of Violation

By ESPN.com

During the barbecue that got him into hot water with the NCAA, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl told recruits and their families at his home that their visit equated to an NCAA violation, according to the termination of employment agreement between Pearl and the university.

In the termination letter dated Sept. 9 and obtained initially by WBIR-Channel 10 in Knoxville, athletic director Mike Hamilton wrote that on Sept. 28, 2008, Pearl “knowingly violated NCAA rules.”

Termination letter

Sept. 9, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton sent basketball coach Bruce Pearl a letter terminating his contract.

According to Hamilton, during the barbecue at the coach’s house Pearl “admitted to the unofficial visitors and their families that their presence at your house was a violation of NCAA rules. You also told the unofficial visitors and their families that you were not going to tell anyone about the NCAA rules violation, and you asked that they not tell anyone either.”

The letter goes on to cite an interview between Pearl and NCAA investigators on June 14, when the university claims that Pearl both failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and also failed to protect the integrity of the NCAA investigation.

Pearl first met with his assistant coaches that day to learn about their interviews before he had his own, and later called the father of one of the recruits that had visited his house. The letter claims Pearl wanted to “remind” the father that he had been told two years earlier that the visit was an NCAA violation and that he and his family had a choice whether to attend the barbecue or not.

“At the very least, your calls to the father created the appearance that you were trying to influence the father’s statements to the NCAA, Hamilton wrote in the termination letter.

The letter also details the most damning of the allegations currently facing Pearl — that he knowingly lied to NCAA investigators when asked about a photograph of recruit Aaron Craft at his home.

Hamilton wrote that Pearl both denied that the photograph was taken at his home and denied knowing a woman in the photograph. He later admitted that the picture was at his home and the woman in question was Jana Shay, the wife of Pearl’s assistant coach Jason Shay. Shay has been an assistant for Pearl for 10 years, the last six at Tennessee.

A day after the termination letter was written, a tearful Pearl admitted that he had lied to NCAA investigators. Neither he nor Hamilton mentioned the termination letter or the fact that Pearl had knowingly committed the violations.

Tennessee’s basketball program is currently under NCAA investigation for excessive phone calls, allowing recruits on official visits to stay longer than allowed and meeting with junior recruits at an off-campus site. The university docked Pearl’s pay and recently revealed that he is currently working without a contract.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5714649

, Bruce Pearl Told Recruits of Violation

By ESPN.com During the barbecue that got him into hot water with the NCAA, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl told recruits and their families at his home that their visit equated to an NCAA violation, according to the termination of employment agreement between Pearl and the university.

In the termination letter dated Sept. 9 and obtained initially by WBIR-Channel 10 in Knoxville, athletic director Mike Hamilton wrote that on Sept. 28, 2008, Pearl knowingly violated NCAA rules.”

Termination letter

Sept. 9, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton sent basketball coach Bruce Pearl a letter terminating his contract.

According to Hamilton, during the barbecue at the coach’s house Pearl “admitted to the unofficial visitors and their families that their presence at your house was a violation of NCAA rules. You also told the unofficial visitors and their families that you were not going to tell anyone about the NCAA rules violation, and you asked that they not tell anyone either.”

The letter goes on to cite an interview between Pearl and NCAA investigators on June 14, when the university claims that Pearl both failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and also failed to protect the integrity of the NCAA investigation.

Pearl first met with his assistant coaches that day to learn about their interviews before he had his own, and later called the father of one of the recruits that had visited his house. The letter claims Pearl wanted to “remind” the father that he had been told two years earlier that the visit was an NCAA violation and that he and his family had a choice whether to attend the barbecue or not.

“At the very least, your calls to the father created the appearance that you were trying to influence the father’s statements to the NCAA, ” Hamilton wrote in the termination letter.

The letter also details the most damning of the allegations currently facing Pearl — that he knowingly lied to NCAA investigators when asked about a photograph of recruit Aaron Craft at his home.

Hamilton wrote that Pearl both denied that the photograph was taken at his home and denied knowing a woman in the photograph. He later admitted that the picture was at his home and the woman in question was Jana Shay, the wife of Pearl’s assistant coach Jason Shay. Shay has been an assistant for Pearl for 10 years, the last six at Tennessee.

A day after the termination letter was written, a tearful Pearl admitted that he had lied to NCAA investigators. Neither he nor Hamilton mentioned the termination letter or the fact that Pearl had knowingly committed the violations.

Tennessee’s basketball program is currently under NCAA investigation for excessive phone calls, allowing recruits on official visits to stay longer than allowed and meeting with junior recruits at an off-campus site. The university docked Pearl’s pay and recently revealed that he is currently working without a contract.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5714649






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