UT could release Notice of Allegations from NCAA as early as Wednesday

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.

Mike Hamilton, former University of Tennessee athletic director.

Mike Hamilton, former University of Tennessee athletic director.

NASHVILLE — The University of Tennessee could receive a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA as early as Wednesday, the News Sentinel has learned.

Two sources in the UT athletic department, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, said Tuesday night the university has been notified that the letter of allegations will arrive this week.

The letter will serve notice of the NCAA enforcement staff’s investigation into the men’s basketball, football and baseball programs, outlining purported major violations.

UT will have 90 days to respond to the letter in writing.

From there, the case will go before the NCAA committee on infractions.

“We’ve been pretty consistent that when we get a final document we’ll release it as quickly as possible,” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a text message Tuesday night. “(That’s) still the case.’’

Hamilton has said in recent interviews that UT’s appearance before the committee on infractions could come in June or August.

Based on NCAA case precedent, it appears the men’s basketball team will be placed on probation and could lose one or more scholarships in addition to the severe, unprecedented self-imposed penalties they are already serving.

Hamilton has also said there’s a possibility UT could appeal whatever penalties the NCAA doles out.

Hamilton said it’s UT intention to keep men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl on staff even if the NCAA imposes a one-year suspension.

Hamilton said when the Vols received their letter of inquiry on Sept. 10 that he expected Pearl to be charged with unethical conduct.

“It’s our intention to keep him,’’ Hamilton said on Feb. 16. “Unless there’s something (severe violation) out there we’re unaware of.’’

UT’s self-imposed sanctions on Pearl included terminating his contract and having him work under a Letter of Appointment, in addition to stripping him of $1.5 million in salary over the next five years and banning him from off-campus recruiting for a year.

In November, SEC commissioner Mike Slive took action against Pearl with an eight-game league suspension that Pearl completed earlier this month.

FoxSports.com reported Tuesday night that its sources said UT’s assistant basketball coaches — who have had their salaries reduced by 25 percent and dealt with recruiting suspensions — will not be charged with unethical conduct.

According to the report, they will be charged with “not upholding high standards of sportsmanship.”

Based on UT’s NCAA-related documentation received through public records requests, the News Sentinel reported in November that the men’s basketball team will face multiple major violations.

They involve:

* Pearl knowingly committed a violation by bringing recruits to his home on Sept. 20, 2008. By NCAA interpretation, any violation can be considered major if a coach/administrator knowingly commits it.

* Pearl faces an unethical conduct violation for misleading investigators in a June 14 interview concerning a photo taken of him and a recruit on Sept. 20, 2008. He also falsely certified in writing (on Sept. 8, 2009) that he had properly reported any previous violations to the appropriate UT compliance administration.

* UT submitted 97 impermissible phone calls over the course of four different self-reports. The NCAA often groups multiple violations of impermissible calls/contact into one major violation, as was the case in the recently concluded investigation with Chattanooga. This could fall under “failure to create an atmosphere of compliance,’’ in NCAA lingo.

* By talking with his assistants and the father of a recruit involved in the investigation before and/or after his June 14 interview, Pearl failed to protect the integrity of the NCAA investigation, as suggested in a Sept. 9 notification letter.

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mhsvol writes:

Based on reports given by ESPN at the Vandy/UT game, the notice has already been received and Pearl has been cited for unethical conduct, with lesser charges for the assistant coaches. Is the KNS once again asleep at the wheel? It really is pitiful when the national media trumps the local media on a story this important.

CCLC writes:

No comment.

mhsvol writes:

in response to CCLC:

No comment.

Then why post?

shipperman#280095 writes:

I have always defended Mike Hamilton, but if he fights to keep this self serving liar, I hope they both get fired. I am sorry, but the University's image has suffered enough, CLEAN HOUSE

orangeman1 writes:

A scholy and probation and I say keep Pearl, but a year suspension will really hurt the program imo, and it would be better to move forward from all this. Why would we want to hear about him being suspended for a year and his unethical conduct every game for the year he's gone? Then have to hear about it for most of the year when he returns. All that on top of having to hear about it all year this year. Thats just too much negative publicity and not the way I want the University portrayed.

Now what about football? Any news on the violations or penalties?

seadaddy writes:

in response to CCLC:

No comment.

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SIMSVOL writes:

Keep Pearl. He's by far the best thing to happen to Vols basketball in years. He's worth it - period.

huntined#565710 writes:

No Matter who the Coach is with this team they will not win much because THEY JUST CAN'T SHOOT PERIOD!!!

Colliervol writes:

Not sure if it's comparable or not but the NCAA only docked Jim Calhoun the first three league games next season for UConn and I think hit them with one scholarship for three seasons. I thought theirs were pretty serious charges too and Calhoun never came clean. Not sure what to make of that but it is interesting. We shall see if they play favorites or not or if Pearl and UT will be sacrificial lambs.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

Keep Pearl. He's by far the best thing to happen to Vols basketball in years. He's worth it - period.

No, the unethical behavior is not worth it. hard for kids to look up to a liar and a cheat

pkaplan (staff) writes:

in response to mhsvol:

Based on reports given by ESPN at the Vandy/UT game, the notice has already been received and Pearl has been cited for unethical conduct, with lesser charges for the assistant coaches. Is the KNS once again asleep at the wheel? It really is pitiful when the national media trumps the local media on a story this important.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said no letter has been received.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to pkaplan:

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said no letter has been received.

Pearl lied, what makes you think Hamilton wouldn't?

spoolingup writes:

Sounds like this isn't going to come down too well for the University. Coach Pearl has done a lot to get the basketball program back on the winning path. However, this type of activity is not what we want to be about at UT. Mike Hamilton's only saving grace was the Pearl hire....until now. With the debacle that was Kiffin and the way he dismissed Coach Fulmer from the program, coupled with the baseball investigation.....to coin a phrase "It's time". Not saying it wasn't time for a change in the football program, but the way it was executed was disgraceful. I'm thinking Condredge Holloway might look pretty good in Hamilton's office.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Don't think it will hurt to lose a scholly anyway. We can't recruit very good players it seems. I am still a Pearl supporter, but have been very disappointed with lack of effort, lack of teaching fundamentals, etc. Things really need to improve dramatically.

If he is suspended a yr., I am not so sure we should keep Pearl.

shipperman#280095 writes:

Via another news source in K-Town:

A source close to the University of Tennessee has told WVLT that the school has received its letter of allegations from the NCAA.

The notice details the infractions committed by the men's basketball and football teams.

Despite reports made by various media outlets, WVLT has been told there are no allegations against the baseball team.

The serious charge of unethical conduct is expected to be handed down to basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

lomas98 writes:

in response to pkaplan:

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said no letter has been received.

That's no surprise since the NCAA is announcing it will release it's findings tomorrow.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Not sure if it's comparable or not but the NCAA only docked Jim Calhoun the first three league games next season for UConn and I think hit them with one scholarship for three seasons. I thought theirs were pretty serious charges too and Calhoun never came clean. Not sure what to make of that but it is interesting. We shall see if they play favorites or not or if Pearl and UT will be sacrificial lambs.

UT will be the lamb. With Kiffin, baseball,and Pearl, I'm afraid it's going to be really bad! I sure hope I'm wrong, I really do.

As for the previous comment, I would like to see CH take over for MH. GBO!

CCLC writes:

in response to seadaddy:

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Hello Sir!
Pop was on Johnson Island. 1951. He said to tell you it was only 6000 feet long then and that they refueled B-48 jet-bombers there on the way to the Philippines. He said those were real pilots. Apparently they dredged Johnson Island later and made it 3 miles long. He remembers them burning Agent Orange there too. Said he scuba dived with some navy men off of Okinawa too. ;-) Wishes you well.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

I've been wrong before (and not ashamed to admit it!), but my gut tells me the NCAA is gonna stick it to us. There's no way we can "gauge" what will happen to us based upon the penalty handed down to UConn today.

UConn flagrantly broke some major NCAA rules, but they'll treat UT much differently due to the fact that Pearl lied to investigators.

seadaddy writes:

in response to CCLC:

Hello Sir!
Pop was on Johnson Island. 1951. He said to tell you it was only 6000 feet long then and that they refueled B-48 jet-bombers there on the way to the Philippines. He said those were real pilots. Apparently they dredged Johnson Island later and made it 3 miles long. He remembers them burning Agent Orange there too. Said he scuba dived with some navy men off of Okinawa too. ;-) Wishes you well.

Big 10-4

VOLKING writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

No, the unethical behavior is not worth it. hard for kids to look up to a liar and a cheat

I don't think any Vol fans would care if you just pulled for another team. Can we fire fans or posters? Fire Shipperman!!!

flafan2001 writes:

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Vol4Life03 writes:

man big win tonight i hope we keep pearl i really dont thank we could find another coach as good as him and after we get past all this phooey he will recruit well and we will be a final four team in the next couple years so i say GO VOLS KEEP PEARL

seadaddy writes:

Nice win Vols,way to go Big Orange!

dvols writes:

vandy.........

seadaddy writes:

in response to CCLC:

Hello Sir!
Pop was on Johnson Island. 1951. He said to tell you it was only 6000 feet long then and that they refueled B-48 jet-bombers there on the way to the Philippines. He said those were real pilots. Apparently they dredged Johnson Island later and made it 3 miles long. He remembers them burning Agent Orange there too. Said he scuba dived with some navy men off of Okinawa too. ;-) Wishes you well.

CCLC,
I guess I had better watch that old salty talk,the KNS Shore Patrol (police) are out and about. :)
So don't be messing with no old E-9! :)

smyrnavol writes:

by the way georgecantstandya we sweep! need a broom my man?

tennrich1 writes:

in response to flafan2001:

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I'm sure that's what Florida wants...I would too if I'm Billy Donovan....finally, finally wins a couple against Bruce...

JBruce writes:

How can Hamilton keep his job when his men's basketball, football and baseball program are all under investigation, and the NCAA starts using words like "lack of institutional control"? No matter what the University decides to do with Pearl; Hammy's got to go!

CCLC writes:

in response to seadaddy:

CCLC,
I guess I had better watch that old salty talk,the KNS Shore Patrol (police) are out and about. :)
So don't be messing with no old E-9! :)

Now that is ironic. Oh well congrats on the Victory.

Laydbakvol writes:

I'm a Vol supporter and will back CBP no matter what comes down (unless we haven't been told everything). The NCAA as an organization is as hypocritical and self- righteous as they come. They fatten their wallets at student-athletes' expense, will rush through their judicial decisions when it suits their purpose, and will treat the same offenses differently depending on who you are and what effect it will have on college sports. Lying is wrong anytime it happens and it happens every hour of everyday in sports, business, politics and at home. Most lies go unnoticed and unreported. Pearl admitted his and has been subjected to unprecedented penalties with probably more to come. Those who keep calling him a 'Liar' and keep calling for his job seem to live in their own little bubble and probably are among those poor fools who grew up thinking that life was fair.

thevoice writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

Keep Pearl. He's by far the best thing to happen to Vols basketball in years. He's worth it - period.

If your "best thing..." includes issuing a national black eye to the University, lying to the NCAA, and setting a lousy, selfish example to kids who are in the midst of their most vulnerable, easily persuaded, and formative years, then all UT alumni ask you to exit with him.

Volz4ever writes:

in response to flafan2001:

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While knowing that UF fans or FU, wichever one you prefer, only get on here to get a rise out of Vol fans, I'm confident ol' Urban had lost control of his players with police incidents. I think the death penalty should be recommended for you or at least chemical castration at the very least. On another note, great win by the Vols tonight. Love to see them beat the Nashville Yacht and Polo Club. GBO

everydayisorange writes:

in response to thevoice:

If your "best thing..." includes issuing a national black eye to the University, lying to the NCAA, and setting a lousy, selfish example to kids who are in the midst of their most vulnerable, easily persuaded, and formative years, then all UT alumni ask you to exit with him.

Consider the alternative.A blackeye from a team that can't compete.Who would you replace him with and were would the money come from?Consider all aspects before commenting.

Volz4ever writes:

Funny how everyone wants to bash CBP. Did he make a mistake by lying to investigators? ABSOLUTELY!! You so called fans would rather have someone like Buzz here and losing every game than have CBP. When you win after being so terrible obviously the NCAA is going to start sticking their nose in your business. The majority of you think the next John Wooden is going to be knocking down our door for his job. We need to be looking for a new AD not a new coach. Jerry Green is the only coach we have had since Mears that could win and he had a team full of thugs too. Get off your high horse CBP haters and support our team, if you're not going to cheer for him and his team go cheer for Tiger High or Vandy. I promise you nobody will miss your negative comments.

Laydbakvol writes:

in response to thevoice:

If your "best thing..." includes issuing a national black eye to the University, lying to the NCAA, and setting a lousy, selfish example to kids who are in the midst of their most vulnerable, easily persuaded, and formative years, then all UT alumni ask you to exit with him.

Sometimes kids who are in the midst of their most vulnerable, easily persuaded, and formative years need a lesson on how to act when they've made a mistake, since the odds are that, unlike you, they will make one at some point in their lives. Do you really think that they haven't benefited from CBP coming clean and having to answer the same questions about his mistakes week in and week out? I think he's probably been able to use the situation in more ways than one to instruct his team about life's lessons. Or are you suggesting that he's continuing to set a "lousy, selfish example" even after UT and the SEC have punished him. If he has then I agree; Fire him! If not then I would say, Get a life, Go home and leave the man alone!

dma38256#264746 writes:

in response to Laydbakvol:

I'm a Vol supporter and will back CBP no matter what comes down (unless we haven't been told everything). The NCAA as an organization is as hypocritical and self- righteous as they come. They fatten their wallets at student-athletes' expense, will rush through their judicial decisions when it suits their purpose, and will treat the same offenses differently depending on who you are and what effect it will have on college sports. Lying is wrong anytime it happens and it happens every hour of everyday in sports, business, politics and at home. Most lies go unnoticed and unreported. Pearl admitted his and has been subjected to unprecedented penalties with probably more to come. Those who keep calling him a 'Liar' and keep calling for his job seem to live in their own little bubble and probably are among those poor fools who grew up thinking that life was fair.

Great post. Count me in with all that.

roobomb writes:

in response to JBruce:

How can Hamilton keep his job when his men's basketball, football and baseball program are all under investigation, and the NCAA starts using words like "lack of institutional control"? No matter what the University decides to do with Pearl; Hammy's got to go!

Can you or anyone else show me where the NCAA has used the term "lack of institutional control" about UT? What's that? You can't? Oh, that's right, you can't, because they've not used it! Please get your facts straight! Just because ESPN mentions the phrase doesn't mean the NCAA will go there.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to flafan2001:

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I think you took a wrong turn somewhere and typed in the wrong team blog. Get lost Gator!

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to JBruce:

How can Hamilton keep his job when his men's basketball, football and baseball program are all under investigation, and the NCAA starts using words like "lack of institutional control"? No matter what the University decides to do with Pearl; Hammy's got to go!

Raises too much money. Will not let bean counter go. Wait and see.

walt23tn writes:

in response to thevoice:

If your "best thing..." includes issuing a national black eye to the University, lying to the NCAA, and setting a lousy, selfish example to kids who are in the midst of their most vulnerable, easily persuaded, and formative years, then all UT alumni ask you to exit with him.

Wow, the voice speaks for all UT alumni!? Kids are vulnerable and easily persuaded in this perfect world, and the corruptive university has taken advantage of this. The national black eye has came with armed robbery at gas stations, smoking weed and concealing guns with altered serial numbers,and hiring Kiffin. What Pearl has done was wrong, but if he is fired then the university has really hurt themselves. He put us on the map, and from looking at the past, an elite head coach probably isn't viewing us as his dream job. Take the hit, and keep Pearl's feet to the fire in the future. Voice, you are delirious with visions of grandeur. Whatever.

Brentwoodvol writes:

in response to thevoice:

If your "best thing..." includes issuing a national black eye to the University, lying to the NCAA, and setting a lousy, selfish example to kids who are in the midst of their most vulnerable, easily persuaded, and formative years, then all UT alumni ask you to exit with him.

Not sure what alumni you are talking about, but you are not "thevoice" you think you are. Most I know say keep him!!!

lguy (Inactive) writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

Pearl lied, what makes you think Hamilton wouldn't?

Maybe nothing but you can't just report whatever you think may be true. You have to confirm it. Do you understand now?

OwensboroVol writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

I have always defended Mike Hamilton, but if he fights to keep this self serving liar, I hope they both get fired. I am sorry, but the University's image has suffered enough, CLEAN HOUSE

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone! I just bet that you have went your whole life without telling one lie. It must be great being all perfect. I'm afraid that fans like you are the ones who destroy the University's image. I'd bet that your not even a UT graduate, just a want-a-be.

govols2104 writes:

As a "kid" at the University of Tennessee I fully support CBP. He has done nothing but get the students involved in men's basketball. And that's what it's supposed to be about right? the students? It's ridiculous how so many of you think that we are so easily influenced. Bruce Pearl is an asset to the university. Everyone has told a lie or two in their lives, maybe not as big as this one, but we all have. Whatever the NCAA does, I'm sure someone will have something to say no matter what. As for Hamilton, I wouldn't mind seeing him go. He IS good at the whole money thing so maybe they should set him up with financial aid and get some of us who don't play sports and aren't incredibly smart some help in the $$$ department.

wpeebles writes:

I think that the NCAA wields too much power and that they are out of control. Bruce Pearl is a good coach and should be here for a long time.

99gator writes:

in response to orangeman1:

A scholy and probation and I say keep Pearl, but a year suspension will really hurt the program imo, and it would be better to move forward from all this. Why would we want to hear about him being suspended for a year and his unethical conduct every game for the year he's gone? Then have to hear about it for most of the year when he returns. All that on top of having to hear about it all year this year. Thats just too much negative publicity and not the way I want the University portrayed.

Now what about football? Any news on the violations or penalties?

don't forget baseball.

how does hamilton have a job?

rocky_topper writes:

Those who want rid of BP, do you even actually attend the games or are you one of those sofa cats who will watch the game (or parts) if your TV remote lands you on the correct station that is playing it? Those who contribute the least ALWAYS have the least to lose!

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to VOLKING:

I don't think any Vol fans would care if you just pulled for another team. Can we fire fans or posters? Fire Shipperman!!!

I am a VOLS fan all the way, but according to your logic it is ok for a grown coach to call a high schooler and his parents and ask them to support his lie. That is the part that is unforgiveable for a man who is supposed to set a good example

iowavol writes:

in response to BigVolinCarolina:

I've been wrong before (and not ashamed to admit it!), but my gut tells me the NCAA is gonna stick it to us. There's no way we can "gauge" what will happen to us based upon the penalty handed down to UConn today.

UConn flagrantly broke some major NCAA rules, but they'll treat UT much differently due to the fact that Pearl lied to investigators.

"...they will treat UT differently...Pearl lied..." And Calhoun didn't? As someone said earlier, Calhoun has never come clean. Pearl has. Pearl made a mistake, a big one no doubt, but he has come clean and he has/is paying a big price. He deserves our loyalty. The guy who needs to go is Hamilton - and take his pal John Adams with him. I'd much rather see Phil Fulmer as AD than MH.

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