Bruce Pearl disappointed; Tony Jones criticizes Jimmy Cheek

Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

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Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes

Jason Shay

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Tony Jones

Former Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl said Wednesday he's happy for UT after reading the NCAA infractions report, but he's dissatisfied with his three-year show-cause penalty.

"I am pleased and relieved the University of Tennessee received no further penalties," Pearl said. "I accept responsibility for my actions, but I am disappointed with the length of the show-cause penalty."

Pearl, who was fired along with three assistants on March 21, plans to say more today at a press conference at his home.

While Pearl kept a stiff upper lip, former UT associate coach Tony Jones expressed dismay after reading the infractions report.

"The final straw for our coaching staff, according to UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek, was the alleged bump (violation) heard around the world, and it wasn't even in the report and the Committee on Infractions deemed it not to be a violation at all,'' said Jones, who along with Pearl was originally charged with a major violation by the NCAA enforcement staff for incidental contact (known as a bump) with a student-athlete at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy on Sept. 14.

"I'm sure that makes the Vol Nation have a lot of confidence in Chancellor Cheek, who never even bothered to meet with our coaching staff.''

Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes were given a one-year show-cause penalty for not being forthcoming in the investigation.

The bump violation emerged in the NCAA's Letter of Allegations, released on Feb. 23, and was referenced by UT during the firing of Pearl.

In Wednesday's conference call, an NCAA representative said there was insufficient evidence in the charge, and even had it been deemed a violation, it likely would have been secondary.

Still, the charge did its damage, according to Stu Brown, an attorney with the Ice Miller Law Firm in Indianapolis who represented the three assistants.

"It was a Ninja violation; it came in the middle of the night, did it's damage, and left without anyone actually seeing it,'' Brown said.

Jones said he was appalled by Pearl receiving three years for providing false and misleading information to NCAA investigators about a picture of Pearl and then-recruit Aaron Craft taken at Pearl's home during an impermissible contact on Sept. 20, 2008.

"I'm surprised it was three years, because he came back and set the record straight with the committee, and how many other coaches have done that?'' said Jones, who has been hired as Alcoa boys' basketball coach. "You look at the landscape of college athletics, and you see what went on with the football programs at USC, Ohio State, Oregon, North Carolina and now Miami, and it's unfortunate having a kid over to your house for a hamburger gets you three years away from your passion.''

Jones said Pearl intended to set the record straight immediately after the June 14, 2010 NCAA interview, but he couldn't reach former athletic director Mike Hamilton.

"We came back to the office after the interview, and Coach said 'guys, you know what? I think that picture was at my house. I need to call the NCAA back and set the record straight,' '' Jones said. "He called Mike Hamilton, but Hamilton was out of the country on vacation.''

Hamilton didn't return until July, at which point UT contacted the NCAA and requested another interview that was granted on Aug. 4, 2010.

Cheek said at a Nov. 19 press conference that: "Coach Pearl is our coach. 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.''

Hamilton said in January that UT would retain Pearl provided there weren't additional unknown major violations beyond the unethical conduct charge.

Brown said his interpretation of the infractions report convinces him that his clients will be hireable immediately after the upcoming season.

"The findings were all three failed to uphold their obligation of cooperation and honesty," Brown said. "That is lesser than and different than an unethical conduct finding.

"There's not a finding they lied to the NCAA. It was they weren't as forthcoming as they should have been.''

Forbes, now coach at Northwest Florida State College with Shay as an assistant, said the media has not been accurate in their interpretation of a show-cause order.

"Contrary to what has been written in the past about a show-cause penalty, it does not preclude me from coaching at the NCAA level now or in the future,'' Forbes said. "Nor will an NCAA school that wishes to hire me now or in the future be forced to appear in front of the (Committee On Infractions) as long as they agree to abide by the stipulations that are set forth in my show-cause findings, which expire in a year.''

Forbes said there are stipulations within each show-cause that schools who want to hire a coach must abide by.

Brown said in the cases of Forbes, Shay and Jones, the NCAA bylaw reference would preclude them from soliciting recruits but not evaluating them.

"It appears the committee made a conscientious decision that Tony, Steven and Jason have already been punished pretty severely,'' Brown said. "Their restrictions are referenced by NCAA bylaw 13.02.13, which talks about recruiting as a solicitation of prospective student-athletes.

"What's not mentioned or cited in the report is bylaw 13.02.7, which talks about evaluation of student athletes.''

Brown concludes the three former assistants "could perform coaching roles as evaluators next summer at various AAU summer events,'' without going before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

"I would leave it to everyone's own discretion to reference the rule book and draw their own conclusions,'' Brown said.

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FearlessFreep writes:

People see the bump 'violation' for what it was - an 'out' for UT to jettison Pearl and staff in order to save the University's hide with the NCAA.

And who can argue, really? It worked.

But the fact also remains that neither pearl nor any staff members reported the incident to compliance officials. Given the scrutiny they were under at the time, failure to do that basically removed all confidence that they wouldn't do something else that would get the University in more hot water.

Lesson learned: Pearl should have been fired the moment it was revealed he lied to the NCAA. And that message came across loud and clear today.

brod writes:

there is no staff in college athletics that operates within breaking a rule or two along the way. and yes, they all lie as well. this whole ordeal would have been avoided had pearl been honest about the cook-out to begin with. we, the fans of tennessee basketball will now suffer a down period all because of this. i just hope that martin brings us out of this down period very fast.

FeelVol writes:

Hey Griff can we move on now?

wally writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

People see the bump 'violation' for what it was - an 'out' for UT to jettison Pearl and staff in order to save the University's hide with the NCAA.

And who can argue, really? It worked.

But the fact also remains that neither pearl nor any staff members reported the incident to compliance officials. Given the scrutiny they were under at the time, failure to do that basically removed all confidence that they wouldn't do something else that would get the University in more hot water.

Lesson learned: Pearl should have been fired the moment it was revealed he lied to the NCAA. And that message came across loud and clear today.

not only did they not report the bump to the NCAA, they obviously didn't even report it to UT.

FWBVol writes:

The bump violation might not have been mentioned in the report, but even without it there was enough to get Pearl a three-year show cause penalty and the assistants one-year each. Even though the bump wasn't mentioned I still think UT was right to get rid of the previous coaching staff.

maciste54 writes:

Hind sight is 20/20, money talks and BS walks or in this case was shown the door !

mocsandvolsfan writes:

yaaawwwwnnnnn

Couchdummy writes:

in response to FeelVol:

Hey Griff can we move on now?

Amen! Hopefully we can start talking about the current football and BB teams.

eduardo writes:

hope dukie v and all his cronies are whooping it up...You know what makes me sick is that gangsta up in Lexington is getting off scot free. When will the 3rd reich look into his dealings????

VolAlum03ISBACK (Inactive) writes:

Jimmy Cheek is a joke. He acted like a supporter of Pearl and then dumped the guy when it was most beneficial to the University's (i.e. Jimmy Cheek's) image. Pearl screwed up, but his bad acts don't erase Cheek's two-faced, backstabbing administrative approach.

That said, I can't fault Pearl and his staff too much. The violations never gave UT a competitive advantage. NCAA rules governing recruiting aren't just complicated, they are ridiculous. Pearl isn't the bottom-feeder that a lot of you "fans" think he is. He made a mistake, he admitted it, and what was his reward for honest? He got hit with a nuclear bomb.

I still support Coach Pearl. He was dedicated to UTK and its programs. I would think that UT learned it's lesson with Lane "the Mercenary" Kiffin. I would think that it learned the value of loyalty. I would think Jimmy Cheek would be out of a job.

Oh well...go vols.

VolzsFan writes:

Not only has the administration messed up all of UT athletics, but their lack of success in academics begs the question, why are these amateurs allowed to hang around. In the 8 or so years of Hamilton, he messed every sport up as if it was his mandate to do so. Now this Jelly Fish Cheek has me wondering what in the world Haslem is doing allowing these people to break this thing beyond repair.

Let us not forget for those of you that do not remember or never knew. That Saturday, Hamilton told Buzz that he would be retained. When Hammy called Haslem to tell him, Big Jim made the move. He than asked Grunfeld to find a coach. All Hamilton had to do was manage him. That is the job of any AD. Manage the coaches and keep them out of trouble. All coaches everywhere will push the limits but the AD is suppose to help keep them out of trouble. Hamilton was a joke and those that allowed him to do what he did in all sports should turn in their booster badge.

FWBVol writes:

Every time Tony Jones opens his mouth I lose a little more respect for him. I've never met the man, and I understand that he is upset about everything that went down with UT basketball. But he seems to be blaming everyone but himself and the other coaches for the lies the four of them told about the BBQ.

I know coaching Alcoa isn't a DI college job, but he's still coaching basketball. I hope the trips across East Tennessee on yellow school buses helps him appreciate what he had at the DI level and maybe he'll man up and admit he made a mistake.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

People see the bump 'violation' for what it was - an 'out' for UT to jettison Pearl and staff in order to save the University's hide with the NCAA.

And who can argue, really? It worked.

But the fact also remains that neither pearl nor any staff members reported the incident to compliance officials. Given the scrutiny they were under at the time, failure to do that basically removed all confidence that they wouldn't do something else that would get the University in more hot water.

Lesson learned: Pearl should have been fired the moment it was revealed he lied to the NCAA. And that message came across loud and clear today.

Pearl should at least have been removed temporarily from his head coaching position, with an interim coach appointed, until the university could properly investigate and decide what to do with Pearl and the other coaches. And during that investigation/decision period, NO ONE in the AD or administration should have EVER declared Pearl to be our coach of the future, but should have kept their mouths shut until the findings were in. Then they should have fired Pearl for lying to the ncaa - an unforgivable offense - just as they finally - after looking like the keystone kops - got around to doing.

johnnyvol writes:

Well Well Well Oh Tony, don't like how Bruce got treated.To bad you should never turn in Ill for violations and be Dirty yourself cause Karma will Bit your tail off.Love what Bruce did for the VOLS.But he had to go away!!!!!

thevoice writes:

Looks like lying can cost you millions.

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to thevoice:

Looks like lying can cost you millions.

So hopefully Cheeck will get his too. The university will lose millions more from a return to mediocrity in the basketball program.

thevoice writes:

in response to VolAlum03ISBACK:

Jimmy Cheek is a joke. He acted like a supporter of Pearl and then dumped the guy when it was most beneficial to the University's (i.e. Jimmy Cheek's) image. Pearl screwed up, but his bad acts don't erase Cheek's two-faced, backstabbing administrative approach.

That said, I can't fault Pearl and his staff too much. The violations never gave UT a competitive advantage. NCAA rules governing recruiting aren't just complicated, they are ridiculous. Pearl isn't the bottom-feeder that a lot of you "fans" think he is. He made a mistake, he admitted it, and what was his reward for honest? He got hit with a nuclear bomb.

I still support Coach Pearl. He was dedicated to UTK and its programs. I would think that UT learned it's lesson with Lane "the Mercenary" Kiffin. I would think that it learned the value of loyalty. I would think Jimmy Cheek would be out of a job.

Oh well...go vols.

Unfortunately, not all mistakes are justified by a simple admission or apology. Go try premeditated murder and tell the judge/jury/family members, "I did it, but I'm sorry" and see how far that gets ya. Pearl is the grown-up version of the very things that lack in our society: honesty and integrity. Given his position as a role model for kids without a father, Cheek should have dismissed him the day he knew about it. As for Cheek "lying," I recall more details and occurrences surfacing after he showed support, thus forcing him to change his stance.

Just another case of someone trying to undermine ethical conduct and blame someone else (Hamilton and Cheek). If you looked up to Pearl so much, why can't you believe him when he says he takes full responsibility of the mess? Get over it folks.

VolAlum03ISBACK (Inactive) writes:

in response to thevoice:

Unfortunately, not all mistakes are justified by a simple admission or apology. Go try premeditated murder and tell the judge/jury/family members, "I did it, but I'm sorry" and see how far that gets ya. Pearl is the grown-up version of the very things that lack in our society: honesty and integrity. Given his position as a role model for kids without a father, Cheek should have dismissed him the day he knew about it. As for Cheek "lying," I recall more details and occurrences surfacing after he showed support, thus forcing him to change his stance.

Just another case of someone trying to undermine ethical conduct and blame someone else (Hamilton and Cheek). If you looked up to Pearl so much, why can't you believe him when he says he takes full responsibility of the mess? Get over it folks.

I'm sorry, did Pearl commit first degree murder? Maybe he is responsible for the Lockerbie bombing or 9/11. Why stop at those crimes? Why not go for the full monty and draw a correlation between lying about an improper recruiting contact and responsibility for the Holocaust or Rwanda? If you're going to make outrageous comparisons that have no basis in reality, then go big. Don't limit yourself to murder.

How about we make a comparison that's a bit more in line with reality...like say if someone were to get caught stealing gum and then lied to the police. The theft is less serious than the act of lying to an officer or interfering with an investigation. People commit stupid, petty crimes and then compound the damage by lying to the cops all the time. Do they get thrown in jail for the maximum amount of time? Usually...no. If it is the person's first offense, usually probation is in order. The NCAA is just upset because everyone in sports is slowly realizing that its enforcement procedures are ridiculous and that amateurism in college football is going the way of the dinosaurs. Pearl got slammed because the NCAA wants to send an message: "we are still relevant."

And as for Pearl lacking honesty and integrity...HE FREAKING ADMITTED THAT HE LIED TO THE NCAA? Yes, he screwed up, but he admitted to it when more lying would have benefited him. I hope you never screw up, because even if you admit your mistake, you're going to go to jail...FOR MURDER!!!

Oh and what were those other "details and occurrences" that surfaced after Cheek showed support for Pearl? Was it the supposed "bump" violation that occurred in Virginia? The one that wasn't even mentioned in the NCAA's report? The one that was either a 3 minute or 30 second violation that was never substantiated as an actual "bump" violation? Or maybe it was the free tickets given to the mother of a player that Pearl and his staff were not aware of?

Pearl made a mistake. He had the gumption to admit and his willingness to take responsibility for it makes me like him even more.

Also, I never said that Jimmy Cheek was a liar. I said that he's a two-faced opportunist that will stab others in the back whenever it suits his professional purposes.

Kelly8 writes:

Cheek is a joke. But for Jones to sit there and act like Cheek was the issue in this instance is a joke. Hey Tony...good riddance. Cuonzo's the man now.

Yep, Tony. It had nothing to do with Pearl lying...you know, the major violation. It was all because Cheek didn't talk to you liars about the "bump". Get some, Tornadoes. The Vols are moving on.

BobKesling_is_overpaid writes:

Seems like Cheek and the NCAA are a bunch of anti-semites.

lroberts writes:

in response to eduardo:

hope dukie v and all his cronies are whooping it up...You know what makes me sick is that gangsta up in Lexington is getting off scot free. When will the 3rd reich look into his dealings????

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stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to BobKesling_is_overpaid:

Seems like Cheek and the NCAA are a bunch of anti-semites.

LOL. I thought of the same thing but didn't have enough guts to post it.

PHAT_VOL writes:

Mr. Hamilton let things get out of control. Do you ever hear from Kiffen? Not sense he went to work for Pat Haden. Haden has put the muzzle on Kiffen. To bad Mr Hamilton didn't do the same. I think Kiffen saw what Pearl could get away with and so the guide lines were set. Remember theres always more than we know. If Mr Hamilton had been the boss he should have been then maybe all this would never have happened. Now, Mr. teflon Cheek is still with us. Even after saying Coach Pearl would be our coach as documented on Nov. 19. So, knowing all that I don't think anyone deserving of the University of Tennessee Atheltic Directors position wants to work for Mr. Cheek. Mr. Cheek could do us all a favor and just step down.
GO VOLS !!

springtx_vol writes:

Several thoughts go through my mind:

1. Pearl brought all of this on to himself. Even without the lie and correction to the NCAA, he called a high school junior and his father and asked them to lie to cover him. If nothing else, this alone would have gotten him fired if I were the AD.

2. I certainly hope that my boss, when accusations are made against me, gives me the benefit of the doubt until the facts of the events come out. Could Hamilton and Cheek handled it better? Yes, but I don't want them throwing the next coach under the bus immediately only to have things turn out to be nothing. Tough seat to be in.

3. So what if the bump is not mentioned in the final report. Once you have someone commiting a crime, there is no sense in trying them for the jaywalking they did to get to the courthouse. Pearl and crew need to shut up and accept their penalties. All of them lied about the picture; all of them are guilty of allowing the ineligible player to be a Pearl's house; any one of them could have gone to the compliance officer and reported the violation.

4. I think it will be easier to hire an AD now that the NCAA has released the final verdict. I don't think Cheek will have, or has had, any impact on someone wanting to be AD at Tennessee. Any AD that is worth his salt, and that handles things the way they should be handled, has nothing to fear from his boss. Keep your nose clean, keep the bosses nose clean and everything is fine.

flatrock writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Pearl should at least have been removed temporarily from his head coaching position, with an interim coach appointed, until the university could properly investigate and decide what to do with Pearl and the other coaches. And during that investigation/decision period, NO ONE in the AD or administration should have EVER declared Pearl to be our coach of the future, but should have kept their mouths shut until the findings were in. Then they should have fired Pearl for lying to the ncaa - an unforgivable offense - just as they finally - after looking like the keystone kops - got around to doing.

Well stated.

CarbonCopy (Inactive) writes:

in response to BobKesling_is_overpaid:

Seems like Cheek and the NCAA are a bunch of anti-semites.

Mighty big word for a 12 year old

Bloodrunzorange writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Every time Tony Jones opens his mouth I lose a little more respect for him. I've never met the man, and I understand that he is upset about everything that went down with UT basketball. But he seems to be blaming everyone but himself and the other coaches for the lies the four of them told about the BBQ.

I know coaching Alcoa isn't a DI college job, but he's still coaching basketball. I hope the trips across East Tennessee on yellow school buses helps him appreciate what he had at the DI level and maybe he'll man up and admit he made a mistake.

I agree. TJ is bitter. He should face the music and keep his trap shut. I don't disagree about Cheek but Jones should be more professional. People are watching this develop and his "blame" attitude may come back to bite him in the future.
Didn't he do this to himself? GBO!!!

Colliervol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Not only has the administration messed up all of UT athletics, but their lack of success in academics begs the question, why are these amateurs allowed to hang around. In the 8 or so years of Hamilton, he messed every sport up as if it was his mandate to do so. Now this Jelly Fish Cheek has me wondering what in the world Haslem is doing allowing these people to break this thing beyond repair.

Let us not forget for those of you that do not remember or never knew. That Saturday, Hamilton told Buzz that he would be retained. When Hammy called Haslem to tell him, Big Jim made the move. He than asked Grunfeld to find a coach. All Hamilton had to do was manage him. That is the job of any AD. Manage the coaches and keep them out of trouble. All coaches everywhere will push the limits but the AD is suppose to help keep them out of trouble. Hamilton was a joke and those that allowed him to do what he did in all sports should turn in their booster badge.

"Lack of success in academics"? Oh, you mean the fact that the last six incoming freshman classes at UT have set a record for ACT scores and GPA's and it's getting tougher every year to get in up there? (This year's incoming class set another record with an average ACT of 26.7 and an average GPA of 3.85.) UT also on track to be one of the Top 25 Research Universities in the country? Yep, those are pretty good signs of academic failure all right. Please try to do some research before you speak.

As a manager, you can't monitor your employess 24/7. Pearl and Kiffin caused these issues and nobody else. (And that fact was recognized by the NCAA.) Certainly Hamilton made errors but he and Cheek led the response to this sordid mess that was created by Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin alone and they should be thanked for it. The results speak for themselves. No further sanctions. End of discussion.

Southland writes:

in response to CarbonCopy:

Mighty big word for a 12 year old

BobKesling_is_overpaid has to have made one of the stupidest comments I have ever seen on this site. I cant even began to understand how someone could make such a stupid statement

Colliervol writes:

As far as Pearl and Jones go, I believe they would be well served to shut up and do their penance. Nobody else caused the issue (again, recognized by the NCAA Committee in the decision not to punish UT further). It's called taking personal responsibility. Something lacking in today's society.

samvol writes:

who cares that Pearl is disappointed, he should have been banned for life and Jones is just a simple person and a complete joke! Why don’t you keep it real Jones like you are always preaching? anything that comes from either of those pie holes they call mouths are lies!

GerryOP writes:

in response to Colliervol:

"Lack of success in academics"? Oh, you mean the fact that the last six incoming freshman classes at UT have set a record for ACT scores and GPA's and it's getting tougher every year to get in up there? (This year's incoming class set another record with an average ACT of 26.7 and an average GPA of 3.85.) UT also on track to be one of the Top 25 Research Universities in the country? Yep, those are pretty good signs of academic failure all right. Please try to do some research before you speak.

As a manager, you can't monitor your employess 24/7. Pearl and Kiffin caused these issues and nobody else. (And that fact was recognized by the NCAA.) Certainly Hamilton made errors but he and Cheek led the response to this sordid mess that was created by Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin alone and they should be thanked for it. The results speak for themselves. No further sanctions. End of discussion.

Well said.

GerryOP writes:

in response to Colliervol:

As far as Pearl and Jones go, I believe they would be well served to shut up and do their penance. Nobody else caused the issue (again, recognized by the NCAA Committee in the decision not to punish UT further). It's called taking personal responsibility. Something lacking in today's society.

Again ... well said.

lofter writes:

"having a kid over to your house for a hamburger" does not get you three years away from your passion. Lying about it to the NCAA does! As much as I liked Bruce, it was just dumb!

orangehippi writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

People see the bump 'violation' for what it was - an 'out' for UT to jettison Pearl and staff in order to save the University's hide with the NCAA.

And who can argue, really? It worked.

But the fact also remains that neither pearl nor any staff members reported the incident to compliance officials. Given the scrutiny they were under at the time, failure to do that basically removed all confidence that they wouldn't do something else that would get the University in more hot water.

Lesson learned: Pearl should have been fired the moment it was revealed he lied to the NCAA. And that message came across loud and clear today.

You lie,you goodbye!!!

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Tony, this is the time you own it, be quiet and move on. Pearl lied to the NCAA and let us not forget he tried to get a Parent to lie also. Look where you are and where you were. Be bless you're employed, so many aren't. Let it go and move on.

VOLFTBL writes:

Shame on Mr. Cheek and Mr. Hamilton.

JimmyJoe writes:

Pearl Lied,
Jones...he cried,
Shay failed to acknowledge his bride,
The lawyer could've helped but never tried,
Hamilton and Cheek their hands were tied,
They Fired ole Bruce to save their hide,
Cuonzo finds it tuff for the team to guide,
Fans get to watch the program slide,
And everyone is bummed....
.......Because Pearl Lied.

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

Pearl Lied,
Jones...he cried,
Shay failed to acknowledge his bride,
The lawyer could've helped but never tried,
Hamilton and Cheek their hands were tied,
They Fired ole Bruce to save their hide,
Cuonzo finds it tuff for the team to guide,
Fans get to watch the program slide,
And everyone is bummed....
.......Because Pearl Lied.

I almost forgot...Forbes now has a Juco ride...

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Bruce and co. are gone, Hamilton is gone, when is Cheek gonna be gone?

brod writes:

good one jimmyjoe

CrankE writes:

I hope in like manner to Pearl that Cheek will be our chancellor for "many many years."

FWBVol writes:

in response to volman2010:

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Is it the attention or intention of Jimmy Cheek to as you put it down the university?

As a UT alumnus, I don't agree with a lot that Jimmy Cheek has done, but you are off the deep end here. Tony Jones is the only former coach making all these claims about Cheek.

Steve Forbes, who is now the head coach at Northwest Florida State College, accepted his responsibility and admitting to making the mistake and telling the lie. Forbes and Jason Shay are choosing to learn from the mistake and move forward.

Your consiparcy theory about the UT lawyer and Cheek telling these coaches what to do has me looking for little green men somewhere. You say the coaches had no clue or time to think about the matter, so how am I supposed to have confidence in their ability to think under fire when a game is on the line when they are matching wits with a $2 million coach at some other school?

You claim it is a fact that we would be talking about championships if all this hadn't happened, but I disagree. The basketball team was very poorly coached this year. The team had no discipline and was lucky to win as many games as it did.

The bump violation was part of the official notice by the NCAA. It isn't Cheek's fault that it wan't included in the final findings. And again, whether Pearl and his staff were told to lie or not, they did and that's what cost them their jobs.

Cheek didn't hire Lane Kiffin or Todd Raleigh. We just hired one of the top baseball coaches in the country in Dave Serrano and we are going to be OK. Derek Dooley is doing just fine in football too. He inherited a pretty big mess that wasn't of his making. And I think Cuonzo is going to do a nice job in basketball.

Yes, Pat might be gone by the end of this year, but it will be because she can no longer function, not because of Jimmy Cheek.

Cheek might not be doing the job that all of us are hoping in the area of athletics. He might very well be incompetent when dealing with the athletic department, but I doubt he has an agenda as you seem to believe. The athletic department remains the front door to the University for many people. And while there might be weeds behind the fence in the backyard that can't be seen from the street, most people want their front yard looking pretty.

MikeTheTiger writes:

in response to FeelVol:

Hey Griff can we move on now?

You must remember that Griffith has many years invested in kissing up to Pearl and his staff. Either Coach Martin can see through him (which should not be too hard) or Griffith doesn't want to invest in all that chap stick again.

rumaso writes:

Mike did the right thing finally, Cheek on the other hand is the root of the problem that exists at UT with its Athletics programs. He should be relieved of his responsibilities where UT athletics is concerned.

born2ride writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Bruce and co. are gone, Hamilton is gone, when is Cheek gonna be gone?

Get rid of the Gator Head NOW. Cheek will probably hire somebody with a Florida background for the new AD.

IBAVolFan writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Pearl should at least have been removed temporarily from his head coaching position, with an interim coach appointed, until the university could properly investigate and decide what to do with Pearl and the other coaches. And during that investigation/decision period, NO ONE in the AD or administration should have EVER declared Pearl to be our coach of the future, but should have kept their mouths shut until the findings were in. Then they should have fired Pearl for lying to the ncaa - an unforgivable offense - just as they finally - after looking like the keystone kops - got around to doing.

He was removed. He missed half of the SEC season. That should have been enough.

BobKesling_is_overpaid writes:

in response to Southland:

BobKesling_is_overpaid has to have made one of the stupidest comments I have ever seen on this site. I cant even began to understand how someone could make such a stupid statement

Nice grammar...idiot.

BobKesling_is_overpaid writes:

in response to CarbonCopy:

Mighty big word for a 12 year old

CarbonCopy=anti-semite.

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