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.