Slive suspends Bruce Pearl for first 8 SEC games

UT Basketball Head Coach Bruce Pearl, center, and UT Athletic Director Mike Hamilton, right, listen to UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek give a statement on Pearl's eight SEC game suspension on Friday, Nov. 19 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The suspension is a result of Pearl's conduct and recruiting violations that are under investigation by the NCAA.

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UT Basketball Head Coach Bruce Pearl, center, and UT Athletic Director Mike Hamilton, right, listen to UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek give a statement on Pearl's eight SEC game suspension on Friday, Nov. 19 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The suspension is a result of Pearl's conduct and recruiting violations that are under investigation by the NCAA.

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The NCAA case involving the University of Tennessee men's basketball program took another unprecedented downward turn on Friday.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive suspended coach Bruce Pearl for the first eight games of the 2011 conference season as a result of his conduct related to recruiting violations under investigation.

Slive said in a teleconference with reporters that he considered suspending Pearl for the entire SEC season.

"I determined that there may well have been enough to suspend coach Pearl for the entire conference season,'' Slive said. "But the fact that he owned up to what he had done, owned up to the underlying violations, I felt that half of the conference season was an appropriate penalty.''

The directive mandates Pearl not be present in the playing facility two hours prior to the scheduled tip-off until one hour following the conclusion of games from which he's suspended. UT associate head coach Tony Jones will direct the Vols Jan. 8-Feb. 5.

Pearl said he understands the suspension and appreciates UT's continued support.

"I think that these penalties are directed at me, and directed at me as a result of things I've done," Pearl said. "I'm still very appreciative of the support I've received from the university, particularly (athletic director) Mike Hamilton and (Chancellor) Jimmy Cheek. I know I have disappointed them, but they have stood by me.

"When you don't play by the rules, these are the things that can happen.''

It's the first time the SEC office has taken steps to suspend a coach, a power granted to Slive by virtue of a new bylaw in the SEC Constitution that was unanimously approved during the league's spring meetings in Destin, Fla., in June.

Pearl admitted during a Sept. 10 press conference, when UT first announced it had received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA, that he misled investigators during a June 14 interview about the whereabouts of a picture taken of him and then-recruit Aaron Craft.

The picture, taken at Pearl's house on Sept. 20, 2008, served as proof of an NCAA violation. Craft was a junior at that time and therefore not allowed to have off-campus contact with Pearl during a visit.

Pearl requested a second interview with the NCAA, and on Aug. 5, he admitted that Craft (now at Ohio State) was indeed at his house along with former UT commitment Josh Selby (now at Kansas) and UT freshman Jordan McRae.

UT had already served Pearl and the basketball program with unprecedented self-imposed sanctions.

Pearl's salary has been reduced $1.5 million over the next five years - $500,000 this season - and his assistant coaches' salaries have been reduced by 25 percent.

Further, Pearl and his assistants have been serving an off-campus recruiting ban that began Sept. 24. Pearl, along with assistant Steve Forbes, was suspended for a year. Jones was suspended nine months, and assistant coach Jason Shay is serving a three-month suspension.

"I want to make something clear: In my mind, the university has imposed very significant penalties and in some cases unprecedented penalties," Slive said. "... the conference penalty is separate and distinct from the university's actions. The facts of this case are the basis for the penalty, but I'm assuming it will send a message."

Slive informed Hamilton at the beginning of October that he was considering imposing more penalties on the basketball program and followed up with a letter dated Nov. 3.

Hamilton responded with a Nov. 9 letter outlining actions UT had taken, explaining he had reviewed "precedent involving dishonesty by student-athletes, including the case of Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State University, who provided false information to the NCAA, admitted it and was suspended from playing in games for a season."

Hamilton pointed out in the letter that suspending Pearl from coaching for a year would "unduly harm the current student-athletes," and that "the suspension from recruiting may prove to have a longer-term impact on Coach Pearl than a suspension from competition."

Hamilton said he was disappointed in the severity of Slive's additional punishment.

"I think the SEC was trying to make a stand that we're going to try to attack these issues aggressively," Hamilton said. "I would think there are coaches in America sitting up straight in their chairs thinking about these implications."

Cheek reiterated that the school is squarely behind Pearl coaching the team into the future.

"Coach Pearl is our coach," Cheek said. "He's going to be our coach for many, many years. We're going to get through this adversity and we're going to be stronger as a result of it."

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teedub writes:

Wouldn't you like to see this type of stance from Slive toward Auburn and the Camburgler? Ha!

Futurecoach16 writes:

As a side note, Selby now has been suspended for 9 games and has to repay $5000+ in benefits. Sounds like that's the type of guy that Calipari would love to get. However, glad he didn't end up coming to UT. That would have completely destroyed the UT basketball program.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I personally wonder what it's like to make mistakes...

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Meanwhile, when asked about why the conference had taken no action on the Cam Newton matter, when it has now been admitted that Cecil Newton and his agent were asking $180,000.00 for Cam to sign, Commissioner Slive reminded everyone that he had suspended Bruce Pearl. When asked about the free hotel rooms provided to South Carolina players, Slive again pointed out that he had suspended Bruce Pearl. When asked what he was going to do about the shoddy officiating in the SEC, Slive replied, "Haven't you been listening? I suspended Bruce Pearl."

baldingalum writes:

Slive: "... the conference penalty is separate and distinct from the university's actions. The facts of this case are the basis for the penalty."

If the NCAA uses the same methodology in determining its punishment it will be very, very bad for Pearl and Tennessee.

Volencheaters writes:

in response to Futurecoach16:

As a side note, Selby now has been suspended for 9 games and has to repay $5000+ in benefits. Sounds like that's the type of guy that Calipari would love to get. However, glad he didn't end up coming to UT. That would have completely destroyed the UT basketball program.

Sounds like a guy Calipari would love to get. are you serious? Hello pot this is kettle. He orginally was going to play for bruce. Cal backed off a long long time before he committed. Instead of looking at the real situation you want to blame everything on cal when you have enough dirty laundry of your own son.

cwbytruckers writes:

The way i look at it. There are to many people chiming in on what should and shouldnt be done. Lets just remember. We are a family at UT. Lets pull together as fans. Lets pull together as a community. And most of all lets come together as a family. We will get through this and we will be stronger on the other side because of this. GO BIG ORANGE. Love you Bruce. We got your back in this one.

CrankE writes:

Always Tennessee. Right on marinevol

Pearl screwed it here and screwed us. When I saw Hammy saying that the Neyland statue was the cherry on top of the stadium renovations, I took that to mean that UT was now greenlight to fire Hamilton. I mean, since the stadium renovation is done.

Think the NCAA will want to one-up Slime? Does a woodchuck chuck wood?

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to Volencheaters:

Sounds like a guy Calipari would love to get. are you serious? Hello pot this is kettle. He orginally was going to play for bruce. Cal backed off a long long time before he committed. Instead of looking at the real situation you want to blame everything on cal when you have enough dirty laundry of your own son.

I realize this. Hint why I said "as a side note". I know that UT is in hot water. That's why I said having Selby here would've completely destroyed the program. However, I also realize that Calipari signed a kid that received $33,000 more than necessary. The reference fits perfectly.

By the way, if you're gonna put a spin on a word as your screen name, you should make sure you spell as much of the real word correctly. "Volenteer" is definitely not right, so why would you put "Volencheaters"?

volscantball writes:

Vols can't ball and their coach can't coach. Too funny.

tovolny writes:

Slive, you are holding him down while Ken., Aub., Fla., and Ala. beat him up. This makes you (Slive) look like a sleeze. CONTROL and OUT-of CONTROL are not the same thing. I am officially beginning the "SLIVE the SLEEZE DEMISE" at this time. You are practicing FAVORITISM and not providing an even playing field for all schools. You are not doing your job. Your favoritism and official conspiring is forcing your least liked schools to compensate. Compensate to compete...what a motto you have created for yourself. Say, have you heard anything about Auburn maybe paying a player to compete? When are you going to make your heroic appearance there...the night of the BCS championship game? SLEEZY SLIVY...what a legacy.

Snapshot writes:

in response to Futurecoach16:

I realize this. Hint why I said "as a side note". I know that UT is in hot water. That's why I said having Selby here would've completely destroyed the program. However, I also realize that Calipari signed a kid that received $33,000 more than necessary. The reference fits perfectly.

By the way, if you're gonna put a spin on a word as your screen name, you should make sure you spell as much of the real word correctly. "Volenteer" is definitely not right, so why would you put "Volencheaters"?

Futurecoach16, that is way to complicated for his simple mind to comprehend.

everydayisorange writes:

in response to volscantball:

Vols can't ball and their coach can't coach. Too funny.

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OwensboroVol writes:

If the University had any guts it would call an SEC meeting and tell the remainder of the schools that either Slive goes or We go. This idiot has no idea of what he is doing. The Football officiating crews are the most inept of any conference in the country. They are just pitiful and have got that way since Slive arrived. He says its the NCAA's job to determine punishments and then he goes against his own word and does this. Guys this was just a BBQ. Look at all of the other things which occurred at other schools and no word at all from the SEC. Slive makes me sick to my stomach.

RickyHite writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If the University had any guts it would call an SEC meeting and tell the remainder of the schools that either Slive goes or We go. This idiot has no idea of what he is doing. The Football officiating crews are the most inept of any conference in the country. They are just pitiful and have got that way since Slive arrived. He says its the NCAA's job to determine punishments and then he goes against his own word and does this. Guys this was just a BBQ. Look at all of the other things which occurred at other schools and no word at all from the SEC. Slive makes me sick to my stomach.

yeah sec we are ticked off . how dare you punish our coach for lying to you .just because he asked a bunch of kids and their parents to lie too??so what ?? what proof do you got huh ?? oh you got pictures?? well those are fake !!! oh he admitted it on national tv?? two words for ya.... Stunt Double!!!!!! oh you have hundres of pieces of evidence?? ok we need johnny cochran!~!!! thats it sec we are taking our stuff and we are outta here right now!!! how dare you do this to us just because our coach went against every thing we see as ethical and professional dont mean you can just come in here like you own the place and enforce these rules!!!! we are going to the alantic sun youll see .. we will make you pay BLAAAAAWWWWAAAAAA

volsfannsc writes:

Bruce is reaping the discipline for which he deserves. I really like CBP and hope he has learned from this. I don't think the punishment UT served him was too great for the offense. I personally don't feel the SEC punishment was to great, and I expect the NCAA to 'pile on'. All deserved. You have been entrusted to be a leader in developing young men as well as being a coach. Slive has every right to discipline those in his conference. My grief with Slive right now is where has that discipline been for other violations on other campuses? If you're going to play BIG BOSS, then do it across the board. Right now it looks as those Slive is taking a cheap shot at Bruce, and is afraid to do any investigating/policing whatsoever in the Cam Newton debacle. How about Fla's disclosure of a students academic record? To me, that's HUGE! The list goes on and on- but so far we are the only ones to have been deemed to set the example. Thanks Mike! Grow some balls for a change.

zqvol writes:

in response to baldingalum:

Slive: "... the conference penalty is separate and distinct from the university's actions. The facts of this case are the basis for the penalty."

If the NCAA uses the same methodology in determining its punishment it will be very, very bad for Pearl and Tennessee.

I am glad to see that someone else sees the light. This is going to get ugly before it gets better.

zqvol writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If the University had any guts it would call an SEC meeting and tell the remainder of the schools that either Slive goes or We go. This idiot has no idea of what he is doing. The Football officiating crews are the most inept of any conference in the country. They are just pitiful and have got that way since Slive arrived. He says its the NCAA's job to determine punishments and then he goes against his own word and does this. Guys this was just a BBQ. Look at all of the other things which occurred at other schools and no word at all from the SEC. Slive makes me sick to my stomach.

You miss the point. This has nothing to do with the barbecue or the recruits at Pearls house and EVERYTHING to do with the fact that Pearl admitted lying to the NCAA.

Don't let the facts cloud your judgment.

If the conference does this what do you think the NCAA is going to do? - 3 years probation with loss of 10 scholarships over 3 years, 3 year post season ban, ban Pearl from coaching (any contact at all) for a year.

Hamilton should have fired him when he found out about the mess, now the whole school looks bad.

This has nothing to do with the barbecue and everything to do with lying. No other coach in the SEC has EVER admitted lying to the NCAA or the conference in the course of an investigation. This is a first so there is nothing to compare it to.

easleychuck writes:

in response to ROAD_FOREMAN_OF_ENGINES:

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Perspective ??? What has safety issues have to do with having a junior recruit at your home and lying about it ????

DarthVol writes:

Gettin' pretty friggin ridiculous if you ask me.

I just with our government policed itself and administered the same heavy handed punishment that the SEC and NCAA did. Illegal use of phones and lying gets you 25 percent paycut, a suspension, recruiting limitations for a year and whatever the ncaa still gets to come up with.

"Thank You, Sir. May I have another?" - Chip Diller

elmoe writes:

This makes me very sad. How can Bruce Pearl stay?
It's a tragedy he is still here. What a joke the program has become. There is not enough orange
paint in Tennessee to cover this.

LittleBlock writes:

in response to jmr68ut:

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Since UT leaders have kept Bill Lockett as a lecturer in ethics and communication...then it's only consistent for UT leaders to urge the public to support Bruce Pearl.

By the way -- Coach Pearl always likes it when his players make a steal.

This is a great chance to plug in a temporary coach who could teach that special skill.

He's available...and he's already on the UT payroll!

https://www.cci.utk.edu/user/114

huntined#565710 writes:

I would hate to be one of those 8 teams we will play without our Coach..If they win they will always think yeah but they didn't have their Coach but if they lose...Wow they beat us and they did it without their Coach.. This will be a great time for Jones and company to show why they are at TENN.

collegegrad writes:

Why would they keep Bill Lockett as a lecturer on ethics after he was nearly disbarred? Poor judgment UT. If they want to remove their black eye, they should fire Bruce Pearl and name an interim head coach w/a search for a replacement. Then, if Pearl can't get another coaching job at any other university, then his career would be over and he could start a new career. Let's see, he could be a pizza delivery guy for Dominos Pizza, grill cook for McDonald's or any other fast food restaurant, dishwasher for shoney's, bagger or stock person for a local Grocery Store, door greeter at Wal-Mart, or as a Bell hop at a local Howard Johnson He could also work on assembly line at a factory or as a stock person for a warehouse. These same jobs could be available for Bill Lockett as well.

TommyJack writes:

Make every effort to keep BP. Slive deflecting attention from where his real problems are. Bruce is a good man. That is all.

chbradshaw writes:

Slive really had a stressful week balancing the Cam Newton cover-up by the SEC office and the spiteful suspension of Pearl.

I like Bruce but was disappointed in what the did. However, because of ex-CUSA and Memphis State flunkie Slive, I am now behind Pearl more than ever.

allntl1#565211 writes:

in response to Volencheaters:

Sounds like a guy Calipari would love to get. are you serious? Hello pot this is kettle. He orginally was going to play for bruce. Cal backed off a long long time before he committed. Instead of looking at the real situation you want to blame everything on cal when you have enough dirty laundry of your own son.

UMASS, MemphEs
No cheEting there.
DEd I spell everythEng OK genEous.

stratocaster54 writes:

in response to ROAD_FOREMAN_OF_ENGINES:

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That is of course only applicable if any road foreman or ANY road worker actually ever did anything, particularly work!

Also, I thought the words "federal" and "lie" were synonymous anyway.

8ball writes:

in response to collegegrad:

Why would they keep Bill Lockett as a lecturer on ethics after he was nearly disbarred? Poor judgment UT. If they want to remove their black eye, they should fire Bruce Pearl and name an interim head coach w/a search for a replacement. Then, if Pearl can't get another coaching job at any other university, then his career would be over and he could start a new career. Let's see, he could be a pizza delivery guy for Dominos Pizza, grill cook for McDonald's or any other fast food restaurant, dishwasher for shoney's, bagger or stock person for a local Grocery Store, door greeter at Wal-Mart, or as a Bell hop at a local Howard Johnson He could also work on assembly line at a factory or as a stock person for a warehouse. These same jobs could be available for Bill Lockett as well.

Your name says you are a college grad if so dont be no stupid... I believe we give killers robbers & many others second changes..

CourthouseWag writes:

Pearl has changed Tennessee basketball. The Vols are a major player, consistently ranked, tops in attendance, getting top recruits, the list goes on. Hamilton and others at UT know it.

Like the husband who cheated, Hamilton and UT have to decide if Pearl's cheating is worthy of a divorce. They've clearly decided it's not.

I like Pearl and hope he stays as our coach. The punishment will come. Deal with it and move on.

ChatBleu writes:

in response to everydayisorange:

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You bubble-headed bumpkin. Can't you even banter intelligently without cursing? That sounds like something a pre-pube would say. I bet your head whistles in a cross-wind.

ChatBleu writes:

in response to Volencheaters:

Sounds like a guy Calipari would love to get. are you serious? Hello pot this is kettle. He orginally was going to play for bruce. Cal backed off a long long time before he committed. Instead of looking at the real situation you want to blame everything on cal when you have enough dirty laundry of your own son.

I think Calipari's name has been in more of these posts than Pearl's. Go figure. I guess because Pearl and UT are getting fried the Vol fans have to blame someone other than the guy that's responsible for this mess.

silentmajority writes:

in response to 02champs#209256:

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Oh,au contraire, o2champ, but there is something else.

If pearl is not going to be allowed to coach half the games, then perhaps he should not be allowed to collect the half of his salary attached to those uncoached games. That way, he would still get $750 K for $50K worth of coaching.

I noticed that hamilton is glowering in the right half of the accompanying picture. What's his beef? Shouldn't he be given something to REALLY glower about?

Like forfeiture of half his pay too?

tennrich1 writes:

What's really sad is NO other team can say anything really. It's why I try not to criticize other programs too much. Because, just hang around for a year or two. Your team more than likely will be right there as well. I know Coach Cal. He is as slick as ice and knows he is perceived as dirty. But his whole game is..."insulate and dont get caught." Not trying to throw gas on the fire... that's just fact. And furthermore, Kentucky knew that. But recruiting took center stage. Now they just need a X and O man to win with 'em!!!

I know it sounds like I'm justifying what CBP did. Not the case however. He did wrong and in my opinion he has suffer great damage already.

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to ChatBleu:

I think Calipari's name has been in more of these posts than Pearl's. Go figure. I guess because Pearl and UT are getting fried the Vol fans have to blame someone other than the guy that's responsible for this mess.

Where has someone blamed Calipari for what Pearl did? No one has. However, it does seem suspicious about what a big deal Slive has made over Pearl for a barbecue while Newton gets to continue playing, even though he (indirectly, perhaps) was trying to receive 6 figures to play somewhere. I'm not happy about what Pearl did, but I, like almost every Vol fan on here, am willing to accept whatever punishment is given and move on.

For a 3rd time, I mentioned Selby as being a guy that Calipari would want because of the circumstances at Kentucky. If Calipari recruited/signed one guy that was paid, what's wrong with saying that he'd like a kid like Selby? Nothing. Yes, Pearl recruited Selby, but it was a good thing he didn't come here.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to zqvol:

You miss the point. This has nothing to do with the barbecue or the recruits at Pearls house and EVERYTHING to do with the fact that Pearl admitted lying to the NCAA.

Don't let the facts cloud your judgment.

If the conference does this what do you think the NCAA is going to do? - 3 years probation with loss of 10 scholarships over 3 years, 3 year post season ban, ban Pearl from coaching (any contact at all) for a year.

Hamilton should have fired him when he found out about the mess, now the whole school looks bad.

This has nothing to do with the barbecue and everything to do with lying. No other coach in the SEC has EVER admitted lying to the NCAA or the conference in the course of an investigation. This is a first so there is nothing to compare it to.

The very facts you quoted are what should put this to bed. Most who know agree this is a huge amount of discipline. Slive himself said because CBP ADMITTED(KEY WORD) that he was untruthful would change the penalties greatly. I appreciate your wanting the facts, but any good lawyer must use them properly.

Kasey writes:

in response to UofTNFan:

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Are you nuts? Pearl is replaceable just like anyone else. He knew the rules, intentionally broke them, and then tried to get athletes to lie to protect him. He should be gone. He has no morals or integrity. Neither does Hamilton or he wouldn't put up with this B.S.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Here's a kleenex for catscratch, elmoe, mrpearl, etc, because I'm sure you're upset that Bruce will NOT get fired as head coach at UT! And so what about the "worst loss ever in CBP history"; explain how that helped you in the NCAA tournament, smart guy!!

topgun writes:

This is an obviously serious situation and it's too bad that KNS prefers a "stupid bowl" of trolls on this site that prevents an intelligent discussion of the issues. I am glad that Pearl is our coach and I hope he endures all of the punishments that are, and WILL BE, directed at him. I feel badly for all of the players that were looking forward to a great follow-up season to last year--but this turmoil will affect them in a negative way.

Pearl, like no other, has elevated the BB program beyond anyone's greatest expectations. This one transgression should NOT force the VOLS BB program back to the cellars of the SEC.

AND,if the NFL AND Philly Eagles fans can idolize an animal KILLER and a person who has subjected animals to unspeakable cruelities, just because he can throw the old pigskin around--Pearl's lie, where the only thing killed and mulilated was his career, seems to be entirely forgivable by the VOL nation. OH yeah, I know, Vick "paid" for his senseless inhumanity, blah, blah--BUT, tell that to all the annimals he destroyed!!!

AND, the trolls are guilty of lying as much as they proclaim that Pearl is. Hiding behind their keyboards, using fake VOL names, they profess "shock" and "dismay" that a university coach would actually "lie" to the NCAA. For the KY and Memphis trollers, Ole Cal left the Memphis program in shambles, barely beating the NCAA posse out of town. PUL---EESE!! Spare us your specious indignities.

Regarding the Slime factor and the SEC, it's too bad that UT has not had a strong adminstration or an AD to deal with the SEC. So, UT is seriously handicapped when dealing with the SEC, NCAA, etc. for now. Bad for Pearl--bad for UT!! Hope that the new Gov. will help out here. AND, he just might!!

I will add, IF Pearl does go, then Hammy should go too. In fact, if Pearl ekes out a stay-of-execution and is allowed to stay at UT--Hammy should go anyway. If Pearl IS fired by Hammy, then UT fans should riot in the streets demanding that Hammy go. Maybe, burn a mattress or two!!

GOVOLS!! Beat the 'dores and in BB, WIN the SEC!!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If the University had any guts it would call an SEC meeting and tell the remainder of the schools that either Slive goes or We go. This idiot has no idea of what he is doing. The Football officiating crews are the most inept of any conference in the country. They are just pitiful and have got that way since Slive arrived. He says its the NCAA's job to determine punishments and then he goes against his own word and does this. Guys this was just a BBQ. Look at all of the other things which occurred at other schools and no word at all from the SEC. Slive makes me sick to my stomach.

Owen
Can't agree with you enough. Last year I thought that Slive was on a vendetta against UT. Some of the things he did about the Kitten was just dumb and many coaches in the SEC got a free pass for worse things, (Steve for years). Not that think a little joshing is wrong, because I don't. But what about Slive supporting of the poor Officiating in favor of Fl and Al. all the Schools were complaining while while Slive had his head A-Hole deep in a J-raft. I do believe that Slive's resentment goes back to the 98 game with Sy. He is a control freak and hates UT. Bruce's viol's are petty compared to many both in and outside of the SEC. Slive should go.

dvol writes:

in response to teedub:

Wouldn't you like to see this type of stance from Slive toward Auburn and the Camburgler? Ha!

Slive should suspend Cam. There is enough evidence out there for him to do it before the Bama game. But, he won't cause Kiffin had it right He's a gutless human being who only picks and chooses the ones he wants to pick on. The SEC as a whole is dirty and this reflects not only on the schools of the SEC, But also it's comissioner.

Razzle writes:

in response to topgun:

This is an obviously serious situation and it's too bad that KNS prefers a "stupid bowl" of trolls on this site that prevents an intelligent discussion of the issues. I am glad that Pearl is our coach and I hope he endures all of the punishments that are, and WILL BE, directed at him. I feel badly for all of the players that were looking forward to a great follow-up season to last year--but this turmoil will affect them in a negative way.

Pearl, like no other, has elevated the BB program beyond anyone's greatest expectations. This one transgression should NOT force the VOLS BB program back to the cellars of the SEC.

AND,if the NFL AND Philly Eagles fans can idolize an animal KILLER and a person who has subjected animals to unspeakable cruelities, just because he can throw the old pigskin around--Pearl's lie, where the only thing killed and mulilated was his career, seems to be entirely forgivable by the VOL nation. OH yeah, I know, Vick "paid" for his senseless inhumanity, blah, blah--BUT, tell that to all the annimals he destroyed!!!

AND, the trolls are guilty of lying as much as they proclaim that Pearl is. Hiding behind their keyboards, using fake VOL names, they profess "shock" and "dismay" that a university coach would actually "lie" to the NCAA. For the KY and Memphis trollers, Ole Cal left the Memphis program in shambles, barely beating the NCAA posse out of town. PUL---EESE!! Spare us your specious indignities.

Regarding the Slime factor and the SEC, it's too bad that UT has not had a strong adminstration or an AD to deal with the SEC. So, UT is seriously handicapped when dealing with the SEC, NCAA, etc. for now. Bad for Pearl--bad for UT!! Hope that the new Gov. will help out here. AND, he just might!!

I will add, IF Pearl does go, then Hammy should go too. In fact, if Pearl ekes out a stay-of-execution and is allowed to stay at UT--Hammy should go anyway. If Pearl IS fired by Hammy, then UT fans should riot in the streets demanding that Hammy go. Maybe, burn a mattress or two!!

GOVOLS!! Beat the 'dores and in BB, WIN the SEC!!

Thanks for telling it like it is. I agree 100%.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to collegegrad:

Why would they keep Bill Lockett as a lecturer on ethics after he was nearly disbarred? Poor judgment UT. If they want to remove their black eye, they should fire Bruce Pearl and name an interim head coach w/a search for a replacement. Then, if Pearl can't get another coaching job at any other university, then his career would be over and he could start a new career. Let's see, he could be a pizza delivery guy for Dominos Pizza, grill cook for McDonald's or any other fast food restaurant, dishwasher for shoney's, bagger or stock person for a local Grocery Store, door greeter at Wal-Mart, or as a Bell hop at a local Howard Johnson He could also work on assembly line at a factory or as a stock person for a warehouse. These same jobs could be available for Bill Lockett as well.

you really need some new material idiot.

Bruce Pearl should have been fired, however, because him still being here will cost the program dearly when the NCAA brings the hammer down

FWBVol writes:

in response to topgun:

This is an obviously serious situation and it's too bad that KNS prefers a "stupid bowl" of trolls on this site that prevents an intelligent discussion of the issues. I am glad that Pearl is our coach and I hope he endures all of the punishments that are, and WILL BE, directed at him. I feel badly for all of the players that were looking forward to a great follow-up season to last year--but this turmoil will affect them in a negative way.

Pearl, like no other, has elevated the BB program beyond anyone's greatest expectations. This one transgression should NOT force the VOLS BB program back to the cellars of the SEC.

AND,if the NFL AND Philly Eagles fans can idolize an animal KILLER and a person who has subjected animals to unspeakable cruelities, just because he can throw the old pigskin around--Pearl's lie, where the only thing killed and mulilated was his career, seems to be entirely forgivable by the VOL nation. OH yeah, I know, Vick "paid" for his senseless inhumanity, blah, blah--BUT, tell that to all the annimals he destroyed!!!

AND, the trolls are guilty of lying as much as they proclaim that Pearl is. Hiding behind their keyboards, using fake VOL names, they profess "shock" and "dismay" that a university coach would actually "lie" to the NCAA. For the KY and Memphis trollers, Ole Cal left the Memphis program in shambles, barely beating the NCAA posse out of town. PUL---EESE!! Spare us your specious indignities.

Regarding the Slime factor and the SEC, it's too bad that UT has not had a strong adminstration or an AD to deal with the SEC. So, UT is seriously handicapped when dealing with the SEC, NCAA, etc. for now. Bad for Pearl--bad for UT!! Hope that the new Gov. will help out here. AND, he just might!!

I will add, IF Pearl does go, then Hammy should go too. In fact, if Pearl ekes out a stay-of-execution and is allowed to stay at UT--Hammy should go anyway. If Pearl IS fired by Hammy, then UT fans should riot in the streets demanding that Hammy go. Maybe, burn a mattress or two!!

GOVOLS!! Beat the 'dores and in BB, WIN the SEC!!

Yes, Michael Vick was a part of a dog fighting ring, but to compare it to Pearl's situation is like comparing apples and oranges.

Pearl was hired to lead young men and help them mature into well-rounded adults. It will be hard for Pearl to tell his players to do the right thing when he has been caught lying.

I appreciate the fact that you acknowledge Pearl has done wrong, but it was not just one transgression. He first broke the rules and then lied about breaking the rules.

It's sort of like getting caught doing 10 miles an hour over the speed limit on I-40. If you admit to the officer you were speeding you might get off with a warning instead of a ticket.

Pearl was caught breaking the rules, but instead of owning up to it right away he lied and now the officers involved (the NCAA and SEC) are looking for other violations and throwing the book at him.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Nope! The worst losses for Pearl I believe were in the NCAAs. Same as Ky's. Losing to Mich. St though was a little more acceptable.

twovols#669523 writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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How typical of you bamer trolls---you don't know how to spell and you cannot get the beam out of your own eye for looking at the mote in another's eye. Your midget coach Saban two or three years ago--" I am not going to Alabama, I will not coach Alabama, I am not leaving Miami"!What a liar he turned out to be! When will he be fired?

everydayisorange writes:

in response to ChatBleu:

You bubble-headed bumpkin. Can't you even banter intelligently without cursing? That sounds like something a pre-pube would say. I bet your head whistles in a cross-wind.

I can talk or chat without cursing, but I've been doing it so long it has become part of my vocabulary! Sorry if I offended you! My wife of 30+ years says I have no brain, so maybe it does whistle! lol! GBO!!!

jryevols#222657 writes:

From The Daily Reveille - posted on internet

Players from Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia are all under NCAA investigation. ... "It is time to reexamine the NCAA rules that relate to college coaches and players," Slive said.

"The current NCAA rules are as much a part of the problem as they are the solution," Slive said. "

Sorry to be tough on you Mike Hamilton and Bruce Pearl ,but it is time to stand up for the University of Tennessee and not just accept these penalties as given out by Slive.

Slime Ball Slive is using the great University of Tennessee as a scape-goat to take pressure off his inability to " make the right " calls honestly and evenly about all our SEC schools.

He states in the same article " I should have suspended Bruce for the entire season " then do it low life. You have taken Bruce out of enough games that we will loose an opportunity for the NCAA.

Let me remind you all what happened to the " face of adversity" last season.

The suspension of Bruce for eigth games by Slime Ball Slieve needs to be incestigated as well by the NCAA.

Sadly enough all we can do as Tennessee fans is get pissed off , blow steam , and watch and wait. It is time for the " true " blood officials to stand up for our University and quit looking at other as if we deserve more penalities......

I believe that the NCAA should strip UT of all awards every won , make all donations by boosters be refunded , take former players names off street signs , take the torch away from our statue , take Pat's name off the court and replace with Slime Ball Slieve , all sports teams should only use walk-ons , walk-on coaches , and return the glome-dome from the World's Fair......... that still may not be enough. If this were Florida , Alabama , or Kentucky Mr.Slime Ball , you would be asking Teebow what you should do.

Stand up Bruce and Mike and quit taking it with a bar of soap

jryevols#222657 writes:

in response to topgun:

This is an obviously serious situation and it's too bad that KNS prefers a "stupid bowl" of trolls on this site that prevents an intelligent discussion of the issues. I am glad that Pearl is our coach and I hope he endures all of the punishments that are, and WILL BE, directed at him. I feel badly for all of the players that were looking forward to a great follow-up season to last year--but this turmoil will affect them in a negative way.

Pearl, like no other, has elevated the BB program beyond anyone's greatest expectations. This one transgression should NOT force the VOLS BB program back to the cellars of the SEC.

AND,if the NFL AND Philly Eagles fans can idolize an animal KILLER and a person who has subjected animals to unspeakable cruelities, just because he can throw the old pigskin around--Pearl's lie, where the only thing killed and mulilated was his career, seems to be entirely forgivable by the VOL nation. OH yeah, I know, Vick "paid" for his senseless inhumanity, blah, blah--BUT, tell that to all the annimals he destroyed!!!

AND, the trolls are guilty of lying as much as they proclaim that Pearl is. Hiding behind their keyboards, using fake VOL names, they profess "shock" and "dismay" that a university coach would actually "lie" to the NCAA. For the KY and Memphis trollers, Ole Cal left the Memphis program in shambles, barely beating the NCAA posse out of town. PUL---EESE!! Spare us your specious indignities.

Regarding the Slime factor and the SEC, it's too bad that UT has not had a strong adminstration or an AD to deal with the SEC. So, UT is seriously handicapped when dealing with the SEC, NCAA, etc. for now. Bad for Pearl--bad for UT!! Hope that the new Gov. will help out here. AND, he just might!!

I will add, IF Pearl does go, then Hammy should go too. In fact, if Pearl ekes out a stay-of-execution and is allowed to stay at UT--Hammy should go anyway. If Pearl IS fired by Hammy, then UT fans should riot in the streets demanding that Hammy go. Maybe, burn a mattress or two!!

GOVOLS!! Beat the 'dores and in BB, WIN the SEC!!

Awesome article: I say we should put Slime Ball Slieve in one of the " dog pits " with Bobby Knight. Winner gets a date with Lou Holtz

topgun writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Yes, Michael Vick was a part of a dog fighting ring, but to compare it to Pearl's situation is like comparing apples and oranges.

Pearl was hired to lead young men and help them mature into well-rounded adults. It will be hard for Pearl to tell his players to do the right thing when he has been caught lying.

I appreciate the fact that you acknowledge Pearl has done wrong, but it was not just one transgression. He first broke the rules and then lied about breaking the rules.

It's sort of like getting caught doing 10 miles an hour over the speed limit on I-40. If you admit to the officer you were speeding you might get off with a warning instead of a ticket.

Pearl was caught breaking the rules, but instead of owning up to it right away he lied and now the officers involved (the NCAA and SEC) are looking for other violations and throwing the book at him.

FWB,

I appreciate the serious nature of your response and respect your opinion--but do have a slightly different take on the depth of Pearl's situation.If you are saying that he is about the only coach that has ever had a recruiting violation and/or fibbed to the NCAA,--I doubt that to be the case. Pearl IS guilty of a serious lack of judgement and deserves to be punished. He illegally entertained a recruit, and misrepresented it to the NCAA. I acknowledged that, stating that this is a SERIOUS situation. But, me,being in a lynch mob, dragging Pearl to the nearest available NCAA or SEC hanging tree--NOPE--Ain't gonna buy that!!!

AND, am not convinced that Pearl's primary job is to, "help them (young men) mature into well rounded adults." Haven't read the job description, but I doubt that any coach's contract is based on the "subjective term--mature" adults participating in the BB program. Graduation rates--yes. Maturity--no.

Sure, a coach is a siginicant factor in player's development, but probably NOT the most important one. Parents, peers, friends, religion,etc., all come to mind... AND, most of us never had a college coach, so are we doomed, by that measure, to roam the world as "less than mature adults??"

I question that Pearl's effectiveness as a role model/mentor to his team is forever diminished. Short term--yes, but long term?? Maybe, maybe not. Pearl is a great BB coach and has the inate ability to motivate people like very few coaches on the planet. He WILL use his as an example to his players and PERHAPS the lesson of a second chance will improve his ability to motivate them to play better, cope with adversity, etc., etc. Who knows?? You don't. I don't!!

Bottom line--the lie was Pearl's only serious violation. Visiting/contact with a recruit out-of-season is secondary--AND, practically ever coach, at every university, in every sport, has made secondary violations--except Pat Summitt. All of us have broken the law--ever just slowed down at a STOP sign or pushed it up to 56 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone?? Ever told the fat lady she looked "really good" in her new spandex shorts?? All lies, more or less. Is all this criminal activity setting a good example for our family/friends/kids??

Lastly, regarding the animal killer--if newspaper and TV accounts are accurate, Vick and his cronies carried out their atrocities over a long period of time--inflicting every possible horrible pain and anguish to defenseless creatures. God-awful stuff that TV would not show the pictures of--unless X rated. I mentioned all that in light of getting a second chance.

With all respect, what Pearl did was simply, a non-criminal VIOLATION of A NCAA RULE!! What Vick did was viciously, criminally--BREAKING THE LAW!! HUGE, tremendous difference!!

Having said all of that let's both agree and hope all of this is settled soon and the VOLS win the SEC and go deep into the NCAA tourney. Cheers!

GOVOLS!!

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