Nov 19, 2010
Pearl Suspended For 1st 8 SEC Games

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive has suspended Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the Volunteers’ first eight conference games as punishment for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

Slive sent a letter Thursday that informed Pearl he is prohibited from participating in practices, meetings and any other activities on Tennessee’s SEC game days between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5.

“The suspension from coaching duties has been imposed after a careful review of the facts established during the NCAA’s investigation and reported to the SEC office, Slive said Friday in a statement. I am extremely disappointed in the nature of the violations involving Coach Pearl and the Tennessee men’s basketball program.

“The penalty applied to this circumstance is significant, which is consistent with the directive approved by the SEC membership in 2010 granting the commissioner authority to act in such cases.”

Tennessee plays at Connecticut on Jan. 22, and based on the specifics of this ruling Pearl would be allowed to coach in that game and then go back on suspension.

The NCAA can’t suspend Pearl until the committee on infractions hears the Tennessee case. That may not happen until the spring as the school waits to receive a notice of allegations in a wider investigation that includes football and baseball.

The committee meets quarterly and is set to convene in December, February and then either April or May.

Pearl acknowledged in September that he mislead investigators about photos taken of him and recruit Aaron Craft, when Pearl improperly hosted the prospect at his home in 2008. Tennessee also revealed Pearl and his staff made excessive calls to recruits.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton in September docked Pearl’s pay by $1.5 million over five years and banned him from participating in off-campus recruiting for a year.


Pearl Suspended For 1st 8 SEC Games

ESPN.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive has suspended Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the Volunteers’ first eight conference games as punishment for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

Slive sent a letter Thursday that informed Pearl he is prohibited from participating in practices, meetings and any other activities on Tennessee’s SEC game days between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5.

“The suspension from coaching duties has been imposed after a careful review of the facts established during the NCAA’s investigation and reported to the SEC office, Slive said Friday in a statement. I am extremely disappointed in the nature of the violations involving Coach Pearl and the Tennessee men’s basketball program.

“The penalty applied to this circumstance is significant, which is consistent with the directive approved by the SEC membership in 2010 granting the commissioner authority to act in such cases.”

Tennessee plays at Connecticut on Jan. 22, and based on the specifics of this ruling Pearl would be allowed to coach in that game and then go back on suspension.

The NCAA can’t suspend Pearl until the committee on infractions hears the Tennessee case. That may not happen until the spring as the school waits to receive a notice of allegations in a wider investigation that includes football and baseball.

The committee meets quarterly and is set to convene in December, February and then either April or May.

Pearl acknowledged in September that he mislead investigators about photos taken of him and recruit Aaron Craft, when Pearl improperly hosted the prospect at his home in 2008. Tennessee also revealed Pearl and his staff made excessive calls to recruits.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton in September docked Pearl’s pay by $1.5 million over five years and banned him from participating in off-campus recruiting for a year.






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