Pearl had two secondary violations at Southern Indiana

Southern Indiana University submitted two secondary violations to the NCAA that involved Bruce Pearl during his nine-year tenure as coach there from 1992-2001.

Neither of the violations were related to recruits being at Pearl's home, as a self-reported violation did in 2004 while Pearl was at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then again two years ago when recruits stopped by his home while on visits to Tennessee.

An NCAA investigation into the UT athletic department involves 97 impermissible recruiting phone calls by the coaching staff over a three-year period and Pearl allowing three juniors on visits to stop by his home on Sept. 20, 2008.

The three prospects, Josh Selby, Aaron Craft and Jordan McRae, were verbally committed to attend UT at that time, but NCAA rules prohibit juniors from off-campus contact with coaching staffs during visits.

Pearl was not forthcoming when asked about the location of a picture taken of him and Craft in his initial interview with the NCAA on June 14. Pearl requested a follow-up interview with the NCAA, conducted on Aug. 5, in which he revealed the picture was taken at his home.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said Pearl could face an unethical conduct violation.

According to documents obtained by the News Sentinel through an open records request, Southern Indiana submitted the secondary violations to the NCAA on June 27, 1995 and on Aug. 29, 1995.

The first violation, which resulted in Pearl receiving a letter of admonishment, involved the value of two senior award rings.

According to NCAA rules, senior awards were not supposed to exceed $200. A receipt showed the two senior rings cost a total of $515.75. Both players reimbursed the school.

The second violation involved two SIU players competing in the "Dust Bowl" pickup basketball tournament in Owensboro, Ky., during their offseason. The players were suspended for a game the following season.

"Yes, we did have those two secondary violations in my nine years there,'' Pearl said. "I remember one was we spent too much on championship rings. That was a good problem to have back then.''

Pearl isn't allowed to comment on the ongoing investigation at UT, which is expected to evolve in December when Tennessee is scheduled to receive a letter of allegations from the NCAA.

UT responded to a Sept. 10 NCAA letter of inquiry by self-imposing severe, unprecedented penalties on the basketball staff, reducing Pearl's salary by $1.5 million over the next five seasons and placing him on a one-year off-campus recruiting ban that began on Sept. 24.

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pvtoe writes:

Who Cares??????

thereturnoftriumph writes:

speaking as a gator this borders on insane. KNS
give it a break.
i once cut the line into the men's room at the daytona 500. it was the beer.
oh yes, can i say first!!!!!

thereturnoftriumph writes:

second?

VolsToTheWall writes:

and dooley was a lawyer, but we don't hold that against him. com'on now kns

thereturnoftriumph writes:

in response to VolsToTheWall:

and dooley was a lawyer, but we don't hold that against him. com'on now kns

neat name, really

BigBadVol writes:

That's it? That's all you got? Wow! Thanks for proving what a character man coach Pearl has been. Give it a rest!

VOLtage writes:

Mike Griffith gets a secondary violation for writing this article.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to VOLtage:

Mike Griffith gets a secondary violation for writing this article.

I consider it a major infraction such that KNS should have to forfeit the right to use his articles for a period of two years with a loss of 5 interns, and Griffith loses 25% of his compensation.

I mean seriously, 2 secondaries in 9 years. That is about as perfect as you can get. Was this supposed to be investigative journalism? Please switch your interest to the volleyball team

lastlap writes:

This is such BS. I don't see why the suckinel don't just hang it up if that's the best they can come up with. Griff you're pathetic!!!

lomas98 writes:

Pearl did less in 9 years than Kiffin did in a few weeks while at TN. This is a ridiculous article.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor got a secondary for licking the cookie plater at Witch Doctor mother in laws birthday party...big whoop them some gooey cookies.
Bones never lie.

bridges#268950 writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

I consider it a major infraction such that KNS should have to forfeit the right to use his articles for a period of two years with a loss of 5 interns, and Griffith loses 25% of his compensation.

I mean seriously, 2 secondaries in 9 years. That is about as perfect as you can get. Was this supposed to be investigative journalism? Please switch your interest to the volleyball team

Amen! I thought our papers was to be on our side. Why keep beating a dead horse, and giving our enemies ammunition. Just shut up and play baskerball. all orange from Milledgeville Tn.

Laydbakvol writes:

Slow news day Mike? Pitiful.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Look, I've been as critical of Pearl lately as anyone, but this kind of nit picking is is just that. I mean - whoop dee doo.

crimsonviper writes:

This article was as lame as Naffy.
Well,almost.
Free The Witch Doctor!

CabanX writes:

Good lord KNS, I spend so much time defending you... but an article on TWO secondary violations from over 12 years ago? This was BARELY news in Evansville when it occurred, and it's certainly not news in Knoxville so long after the fact.

Perhaps rather than writing thinly veiled articles intended to either cause critics to nod their head in agreement at the constant and lack of moral fiber in CBP... or convince fence sitters to join the critics, you could try providing some sort of contrast considering the average reader isn't going to have the remotest idea that 2 secondary violations in 9 years is quite good in comparison to nearly all successful coaches.

A better title would have been, "Pearl only had two secondary violations at Southern Indiana".

veinsoforange writes:

in response to thereturnoftriumph:

speaking as a gator this borders on insane. KNS
give it a break.
i once cut the line into the men's room at the daytona 500. it was the beer.
oh yes, can i say first!!!!!

KNS = Jerry Springer of media!
KNS = Insanity!
KNS = 1st time I ever agree with a Gator!
KNS = you terrible even in FL.
KNS = you terrible everywhere literacy exists!

UTPride writes:

Thats a minute and a half of my life i wont get back... Sheesh

scvols writes:

So the coaches made 30 calls a year during the "do not call" time frame and Bruce had a couple of players to come by the house to hang out. Oh, and none of them players are on our team. Slaps on the hand and don't do it again.... move on.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to lastlap:

This is such BS. I don't see why the suckinel don't just hang it up if that's the best they can come up with. Griff you're pathetic!!!

The Last Lap...
drink beer and play pacman with a hot chick across the table....

gaj619 writes:

The bottom line is Griffith is a nothing and as a nothing he revels in what he perceives as the power to damage or even bring someone down. He therefore wants to write another article about the NCAA investigation but really needs a reason to 'beat the dead horse'. He finds two secondary violations from twelve years ago and uses it as his segue way to this article. Being intellectually challenged he doesn't realize that even the least intelligent of those who post on this site will realize what he did and chastise him for it, but hey it's another article and therefore the time card has been punched.

flatrock writes:

Mike, I am a big fan of your reporting- but this
is the lowest of the low. Good thing you are not
covering UK, the Blue Misters would burn down
your office.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Does this really qualify as investigative journalism? If so, Griff should work for politicians during election years.

chrisw2967 writes:

Mike your pathetic if this is all you can come up with ?
KNS should be put on probation for letting the ones like Griffith and Adams call themselves sports writers.

volfan2002 writes:

Some coaches have two secondary violations in one day. Leave Coach Pearl alone let's move on.

scubadad1 writes:

mg, you should have spent the time writing this article on those voice lessons. that way, you wouldn't sound quite as childish on the radio as you do in the paper. imo.

Jmxvo1 writes:

this is unbelievable

skm writes:

kns getting weird. how is this newsworthy?

VolFanNC writes:

2 total in 9 years. That's a pretty good record. Semms like a pretty clean program

Ironcity writes:

in response to pvtoe:

Who Cares??????

Not me!

TNVol72 writes:

Well, we can always put him on "Double Secret Probation." C'mon.... altogether now, Griffith.... M-I-C-K-E-Y... M-O-U-S-E..... What a joke! You should take up knitting!

jzt writes:

2 in 9 years, Kiffin got 2 a week. This is not news.

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

Good Grief! Dig up his traffic violations as well. This is as silly as it gets. Yes he had some secondary violations at UT and made it worse by not coming forth to the NCAA. UT has imposed penalties on he and his staff. The NCAA may add a few more. That's the story and the end of it as well. Maybe we need Al Davis to comment on KNS too!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say Griff been reading all the grief he has been getting on Volnation for being a "homer". Witch Doctor say sports writers just like athletes need not to read sports boards..Witch Doctor admit we all idiots...
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to back2z1:

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Witch Doctor wish he had picture of the "horror" on Witch Doctor mother in law face.(hotty snotty)..Witch Doctor sometimes just does things for meanness! lol.
Bones never lie.

nocleats writes:

Theory: After Coach Dooley applied his new media policies, which were endorsed by M Hamilton, KNS editors and writers were furious. Also Tenn made it clear that certain writers who did not respect "off the record" and "please wait before releasing this story" rules (D Hooker) were told to stay away for good. It took Dooley, a lawyer, about 4 weeks to give out some false leaks around the athletic dept to find out where the blabber mouths were, and he shut them down! Now GVX is trying to play hardball to get back at what they consider unfair media policies. However its not working, and even rival fans are noticing how petty the local media is being.

Raynoch writes:

Only having two secondary violations in 9 years is actually really good.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to jzt:

2 in 9 years, Kiffin got 2 a week. This is not news.

No kidding, Pearl still trails Kiffin in the secondary violations department in all categories--season, time at Tennessee, career...

Greyfan writes:

in response to Raynoch:

Only having two secondary violations in 9 years is actually really good.

That was my thought. How does reporting an absence of major violations add up to a witch hunt? Seems to me this is not only news, in light of the current investigation which makes past investigations relevant, but also could be classified as good news since there is nothing damning.

Some of you people are a little prickly.

bobbarbilly writes:

Might as well get it out before KNS reports it. I stuck some chewing gum on the bottom of a church pew. Twice.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to bobbarbilly:

Might as well get it out before KNS reports it. I stuck some chewing gum on the bottom of a church pew. Twice.

Witch Doctor pretty sure that a straight ticket to hell with gasoline shorts on.
Bones never lie.
(lol)

RoadTrip writes:

Thanks for the grins, WD. You made my day again.

bobbarbilly writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor pretty sure that a straight ticket to hell with gasoline shorts on.
Bones never lie.
(lol)

Thought so when cleaning lady got gum in hair.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to bobbarbilly:

Thought so when cleaning lady got gum in hair.

Witch Doctor consult missionary's that beat Witch Doctor senseless as youth...Yep straight ticket, gasoline shorts...sorry.(lol.)
Bones never lie.

bobbarbilly writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor consult missionary's that beat Witch Doctor senseless as youth...Yep straight ticket, gasoline shorts...sorry.(lol.)
Bones never lie.

Ouch!!

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

THIS IS A JOKE! No money exchanging hands, and no free hand outs or anything shady. Just some rings, that they earned, and some friendly hellos how are you want to come play on my team visits.

JOKE!!! The NCAA needs to go die in a fire!

Bubbanuts2010 writes:

Is this all you got Griff, I think you need to find another job you suck!!!

PHAT_VOL writes:

SO !!

orangecountyvols writes:

Griff,

When you find something newsworthy to write about, get back with us.

The SEC East is down this year.............so are columns from the KNS. If one of the coaches gets a parking ticket, will that be front page news?

brod writes:

this is getting ridiculous. i once stuck a fart machine in a guy's cube at work and it embarrassed him really bad when i set it off when a girl was in his cube. he had just returned from a leave of absence due to stress. his face turned purple. i thought about telling him i did it, but i didn't.

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