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Bruce Pearl hit with multiyear penalty

By: AP
By: AP

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The NCAA has hit former Tennessee men's
basketball coach Bruce Pearl with a multiyear show-cause penalty,
but the Volunteers program will not face additional sanctions
beyond what it self-imposed in response to charges of 12 major
violations, people familiar with the situation said.
The show-cause penalty means any school wanting to hire him must
go before the NCAA to explain why and could face penalties.
Former assistants Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes were
slapped with one-year show-cause penalties, a person told The
Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the
school had not announced the NCAA's decision. A conference call was
scheduled by the NCAA for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Vols'
case.
The dozen charges against Tennessee were made by the NCAA in
February after nearly two years of investigating Pearl, football
coach Lane Kiffin and their staffs. Both coaches were accused of
recruiting violations, and Pearl was charged with unethical conduct
after he acknowledged in September lying to NCAA investigators
about a cookout he hosted at his home attended by recruits.
Tennessee docked the salaries of Pearl and his staff and limited
their recruiting, and the Southeastern Conference suspended Pearl
for eight conference games. The entire staff was fired in March at
the end of the 2010-11 season.
Kiffin, who left Tennessee in January 2010 to coach Southern
California, was accused of failing to promote an atmosphere of
compliance and to monitor his staff's activities. ESPN reported the
NCAA had not sanctioned him.
Tennessee imposed a two-year probation on itself and additional
recruiting restrictions on the basketball and football programs,
and athletics director Mike Hamilton quit in June, days before he
and university officials met with the NCAA's infractions committee.
School officials told the NCAA they agreed with most of the
allegations but asked for leniency at the meeting because they
considered several of the violations to be secondary instead of
major ones.
Pearl is considering an offer to coach the NBA Development
League's Texas Legends. Jones now is a high school basketball
coach, and Forbes and Shay are coaching at a Florida junior
college.


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