UT board taking NCAA report 'very seriously’

CHATTANOOGA — The University of Tennessee trustees’ vice chairman says the board is taking allegations about athletic department violations “very seriously.”

Vice chairman Jim Murphy during a meeting Friday in Chattanooga told members they can direct any questions to UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.

In the only public mention of the matter at the meeting, Murphy said the board hopes the process is as swift and painless as possible, although he added it’s “not going to be painless.”

The board chairman, Gov. Bill Haslam, told reporters it would be inappropriate for him to comment about the allegations.

The NCAA has notified the university that both basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin committed recruiting violations.

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PeeEllthree writes:

Wtf

RockyTopRampage writes:

in response to PeeEllthree:

Wtf

I second that.

But of course they are taking it seriously. Not newsworthy.

volscantball writes:

Duh

You reckon?

SunshineVol writes:

The pain will come from sitting in your free seats without Pearl as coach.

VolsToTheWall writes:

oh thank God

VolzsFan writes:

Let's see, everyone over there works at the whim of Big Jim. Everyone reports to Big Jim's son. Big Jim gives about $50 million last year. The son is the Governor who is who he is because of Big Jim. Big Jim asked Pearl to publicly support his son. His son was sitting behind Pearl at the Vandy game. Big Jim has told Cheek, Hamilton and the board that Pearl is not going anywhere. Does it really matter what the board thinks? I think not. Case closed. Pearl will be gone soon enough. Why? Because of the ignorant fan base, the ignorant AD and the horrible conference in terms of supporting basketball. He will leave (and I do not blame him) when this is over and he will go to a real sophisticated school and league.

skcoll43#262217 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Let's see, everyone over there works at the whim of Big Jim. Everyone reports to Big Jim's son. Big Jim gives about $50 million last year. The son is the Governor who is who he is because of Big Jim. Big Jim asked Pearl to publicly support his son. His son was sitting behind Pearl at the Vandy game. Big Jim has told Cheek, Hamilton and the board that Pearl is not going anywhere. Does it really matter what the board thinks? I think not. Case closed. Pearl will be gone soon enough. Why? Because of the ignorant fan base, the ignorant AD and the horrible conference in terms of supporting basketball. He will leave (and I do not blame him) when this is over and he will go to a real sophisticated school and league.

Got it all figured out don't you. With a brilliant mind like yours, I can't believe the State Dept. isn't ringing your phone to straighten out the mess in the Middle East. Obama could sure use you to fix our economy as well.

UTByrd writes:

Let's see. CBP lied, bad enough, about the BBQ.
Calhoun on UConn signed and played a player who took $6,000.00 from asst. coach/agent.
Calhoun gets a 3 game suspension.
CBP gets 8 game suspension, loss of 1.5 million, no off campus recruiting for 1 year, plus off campus sanctions and loss of income for involved asst. coaches.

Most articles I've read on other media outlets leads me to believe the NCAA is going to burn CBP some more.

Does anyone else see the blatant hypocracy?
Need we even discuss Calipari?

Go VOLS!!!!!

CrankE writes:

"...swift and painless" !?

Well, it hasn't been swift and it won't be painless. Say, isn't that a song or a TV show or something. Maybe I'm thinking of "slow and clueless." Anyway.

However, when Kiffin gets slammed at USC for his deeds at UT, it's time to tailgate that mother!

VOLDoll writes:

LETS JUST HOPE THAT THEY TAKE IT SERIOUS ENOUGH TO GET RID OF HIS LYING, CHEATIN, NON COACHING ARSE!
...

Laydbakvol writes:

And this is news because???

Rockytop38 writes:

I hope he gets to stay at UT

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'm sorry? I didn't read the article. What was it?
Never mind I'll read it later.

Laydbakvol writes:

It's interesting to hear reporters explain their negative slant on this whole situation by saying they're obligated to report the facts and would be remiss if they were silent. But there's a reason we have the saying "The pen is mightier than the sword". That's because the reporter has wide leeway in the way he presents those facts and which ones he emphasizes. For example: One might find it interesting that CBP still has great support among the fan base despite the current situation. A reporter could look into why that is, maybe citing some of the things he's done for the community, etc. Or he could just report that an ex-coach is "suprised" at all of the support he's getting putting a decidedly negative spin on it. That's all this site seems to be putting out lately. There, I've said it. I feel better already!

DaddyVol writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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HEATH SHULER

pcorange writes:

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Phillip Fulmer. Bleeds orange, class act.

dk writes:

in response to pcorange:

Phillip Fulmer. Bleeds orange, class act.

Then PF could ruin the basketball and baseball programs just like he did the football program.

MusicCityVol writes:

I love Pearl. I just dont see a scenario where we keep him IF a 1 yr suspension is handed down.

http://checkerboardchatter.blogspot.c...

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Regardless of the fallout from the NCAA investigation, I look forward to the days when these dark clouds and sad times have passed on by.

I say that without regard to who the coaches are now, who the AD is, who the coaches are in the future, and who the AD is in the future--and even if there is no change at all.

As a native Tennessean, UT alum and a lifelong UT fan, I'm tired and weary over all the obstacles the past few years. It'll be nice when these days are in the rear-view mirror.

235lbVol writes:

All this over having highschool Jr's over for a BBQ?? Sr's are allowed but not Jr's! I know he lied, but d@mn....Really!

OrangePride writes:

If they take it "seriously" then they will do nothing. If they get to "really seriously" then Coach Pearl is standing in the unemployment line in East Knoxville. If they take it "really, really seriously" then Mike Hamilton joins Bruce. So we will see.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to UTByrd:

Let's see. CBP lied, bad enough, about the BBQ.
Calhoun on UConn signed and played a player who took $6,000.00 from asst. coach/agent.
Calhoun gets a 3 game suspension.
CBP gets 8 game suspension, loss of 1.5 million, no off campus recruiting for 1 year, plus off campus sanctions and loss of income for involved asst. coaches.

Most articles I've read on other media outlets leads me to believe the NCAA is going to burn CBP some more.

Does anyone else see the blatant hypocracy?
Need we even discuss Calipari?

Go VOLS!!!!!

UConn fired that asst. That has meaning to the NCAA. Indiana fired Kelvin Sampson before the NCAA ruled. Minnesota fired Clem Haskins prior to ruling. In most grievous instances, the offender was fired and schools levied their own sanctions and the NCAA took that into consideration. The NCAA may want Pearl fired but they can't. If Ham doesn't fire him in April, he won't do it in June (...July...August...September).

wellswillie#404648 writes:

Of course Tennessee takes it seriously. IMO, We would resolve this with summary disposition if Kiffin was still coach at Tennessee. Maybe we can anyhow... HOPE SO. End of real story. UT Has submitted self-punishment and NCAA decides if we need to do more but punishment already served will be considered. Listing who is on committee is overkill and trying to sell newspapers with negative headlines.

DaddyVol writes:

in response to BigVolinCarolina:

Regardless of the fallout from the NCAA investigation, I look forward to the days when these dark clouds and sad times have passed on by.

I say that without regard to who the coaches are now, who the AD is, who the coaches are in the future, and who the AD is in the future--and even if there is no change at all.

As a native Tennessean, UT alum and a lifelong UT fan, I'm tired and weary over all the obstacles the past few years. It'll be nice when these days are in the rear-view mirror.

Thanks Heath.

Give up that CON-gress position, and you get my vote to be the next AD!

BigVolinCarolina writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

UConn fired that asst. That has meaning to the NCAA. Indiana fired Kelvin Sampson before the NCAA ruled. Minnesota fired Clem Haskins prior to ruling. In most grievous instances, the offender was fired and schools levied their own sanctions and the NCAA took that into consideration. The NCAA may want Pearl fired but they can't. If Ham doesn't fire him in April, he won't do it in June (...July...August...September).

I tell ya', UA, your post was one of the best I've seen on here in awhile (mine included!). It's certainly noteworthy that UConn fired an assistant, while Indiana and Minnesota fired their coach.

If there's merit in the pattern that you have pointed out, then the fact that UT has not fired Pearl does not bode well for Pearl OR the basketball program.

zqvol writes:

If the board has the guts to do the right thing they will be looking for a new AD and a new BB coach by the end of February!

BamaVol writes:

in response to DaddyVol:

Thanks Heath.

Give up that CON-gress position, and you get my vote to be the next AD!

After the way he did Johnny Majors, No Way.

ClassicVol (Inactive) writes:

I'd like to see the Sentinal put this stuff on GVX247 and make the recruiting topics public.

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Fyi Walt, Phil had many players receiving improper benefits under his watch...cars, cash, apartments, trips to Hilton head, etc. Mims, Carter, pickens, Cobb, hayworth and many more. Weed was another entire issue. Leland Taylor? Dude had a drug lab in his dorm. I guess you'll say pf didn't know or it was his AD's fault.

CCLC writes:

in response to PeeEllthree:

Fyi Walt, Phil had many players receiving improper benefits under his watch...cars, cash, apartments, trips to Hilton head, etc. Mims, Carter, pickens, Cobb, hayworth and many more. Weed was another entire issue. Leland Taylor? Dude had a drug lab in his dorm. I guess you'll say pf didn't know or it was his AD's fault.

Have you been keeping up with this? I'm amazed NCCA isn't at Auburn with all the heat they've focused on Tennessee. Just seems they are selective with their enforcement.

www.tigernet.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=946304

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

What a mess! Pearl has brought exciement back to UT BB, but at what cost? You cannot lie to the NCAA and expect the in house sanctions to be the end of it. I think he's a good coach, but don't think he can survive this ordeal.

We need a new AD, don't know enough about the inner workings to make a suggestion, but like the old joke, shoot amoungst us, we need some relief here.

Finally there's Kiffin, have to admit I drank the koolaid when he was hired. Hopefully the football team won't get hit hard due to him. Dooley has shown class and respect since his arrival, I don't know if the NCAA will take that into consideration, but it would be nice if they went after Kiffin directly.

Let's beat Miss St. today, and finish out this season on a high note, may be the last for a while.

GO VOLS!!

kcbigorngX writes:

There should be no offers of the AD job to anyone until Pat Summitt absolutely refuses the call.

She has reached a point in her career where it is the next logical step, and the University is definitely in need of one with her character.

Anyone else's resume is a distant second.

DC_Vol2011 writes:

As a loyal Volunteer fan all of my life, it is appalling to me to see support for Coach Pearl at this juncture. Making a scene at a press conference and crying like a baby is bad enough, and then knowingly breaking rules 4 days later is despicable. Add to that all of the pictures on the web of him with other women, and I'd say we've got a great class act as a head b-ball coach. A good and strong leader and manager of an athletic department, of a board of trustees, would fire him immediately.

Coach Pearl should go immediately. Mike Hamilton should also be held accountable, but there is no reason why Pearl should still be around. It is embarrassing and hypocritical for its leadership to suggest that UT Athletics is full of character when someone the caliber and character of Coach Pearl retains his job. If he remains head coach, this Vol will no longer support him or UT basketball.

The best news in all of this is that we now have Coach Dooley leading our football program. Now there is a man who knows how to build and lead a program we can all be proud of. We must give him time to lay the foundation for what could be the best and brightest years of UT football. I really believe he could be our next coach for 10 or more years, but the fans must realize that this project is not a quick fix. The wins will come, eventually. But he must be given several years to do it right. There is no quick fix on Rocky Top.

vols37 writes:

"Very seriously" my ....... Do you honestly believe anything will change? Do you honestly believe that Jimmy Cheek or anyone with any sense will do the right thing and get rid of Mike Hamilton. Nope. Money talks. Never mind running a competitive, clean program. The powers that be at Tennessee are totally incompetent.

knoxbr27 writes:

The Sampson situation set Indiana bball back 5 years. IU has a passionate fan base. Bloomington is a basketball town. I'm not sure UT could recover in even 5 years if they dump Pearl. I'm not sure how Hamilton will keep his job. On the other hand, I hate the NCAA. It's a corrupt, political sh*t machine. Their rules often defy logic.

knoxbr27 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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When Sampson was fired, the program was gutted. It had nothing to do with Davis. They had to suit up a basketball manager to help fill out the bench in Crean's first season. If Pearl is fired, UT bball will be gutted. Every recruit we have coming in will dump us. Who would stay? Bone,Fields,Goins and Williams are gone after this season anyway (possibly Scotty...Tobias would leave if Pearl is fired). McBee and the walk-ons would most likely stay. UT is not a very attractive job when half the fan base is bandwagon fans that jump ship after a losing streak or sometimes just one loss.

CharlotteVol writes:

in response to ClassicVol:

I'd like to see the Sentinal put this stuff on GVX247 and make the recruiting topics public.

Good idea.....but......none of it is worthy of a subscription fee.....

wufskins writes:

in response to UTByrd:

Let's see. CBP lied, bad enough, about the BBQ.
Calhoun on UConn signed and played a player who took $6,000.00 from asst. coach/agent.
Calhoun gets a 3 game suspension.
CBP gets 8 game suspension, loss of 1.5 million, no off campus recruiting for 1 year, plus off campus sanctions and loss of income for involved asst. coaches.

Most articles I've read on other media outlets leads me to believe the NCAA is going to burn CBP some more.

Does anyone else see the blatant hypocracy?
Need we even discuss Calipari?

Go VOLS!!!!!

Calhoun didn't blatantly lie to the NCAA, cry at the PC, then four days later commit another infraction. Oh, and hypocritical would be ratting out another school only to commit the same offense several yrs later. Clean house UT, and it starts with Hamilton and ends with Pearl.

Colliervol writes:

As far as changes go, I'm good with it either way it happens. If I'm consistent with what I've said about errors and punishment in these programs, I believe everybody gets one chance to redeem themselves because everybody makes mistakes (Not two, three or four). And that includes players and coaches. And make no mistake. BP's error was a giant one. One that put us in the cross-hairs of the NCAA and one that squandered every bit of success and good will that he has built in five years. Personally, I hope he is allowed to stay and that he can atone for what he's done. In my view, it would be a shame to lose the best coach this program has ever seen. But if Jim Haslem and the board decides he needs to go, so be it.

If he is let go, there is one good thing that comes of out of it (in addition to five years of heights we haven't seen in men's basketball). The university has seen what an investment in this program can do. Spend the money and invest in the best and good things will happen. Don't waste money on hiring also-rans like Buzz Peterson, Kevin O'Neill and Wade Houston. Those were the products of a football-focused mentality and should not occur again. We have seen what success in basketball looks like and we ain't accepting mediocrity again.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Let's see, everyone over there works at the whim of Big Jim. Everyone reports to Big Jim's son. Big Jim gives about $50 million last year. The son is the Governor who is who he is because of Big Jim. Big Jim asked Pearl to publicly support his son. His son was sitting behind Pearl at the Vandy game. Big Jim has told Cheek, Hamilton and the board that Pearl is not going anywhere. Does it really matter what the board thinks? I think not. Case closed. Pearl will be gone soon enough. Why? Because of the ignorant fan base, the ignorant AD and the horrible conference in terms of supporting basketball. He will leave (and I do not blame him) when this is over and he will go to a real sophisticated school and league.

When the NCAA gets done with Pearl, you won't have to worry about another school hiring him, that you can count on. Otherwise, GO VOLS

bigwhite12 writes:

Is anybody out there tired of talking bout this? It is what it is. It will be what it comes out to be. Lets support our school and its staff and quit worrying about the stuff we cant control. Are we VOLNATION or not. My goodness. So many fair weathered fans....

bigwhite12 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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I can understand where many people are coming from. But axing Bruce is not going to help the Vols maintain the successes of the basketball program. He will be instantly picked up by any school out there wanting to win. The offense is realistically not "that" bad. I know a rule is a rule, but c'mon. This guy bleeds orange and loves our school. That to me means a "whole" lot. Especially after the Kiffin incident. I think if anybody's head should roll it should be Hamilton. He's done a terrible job at overseeing all athletic depts and compliance. The coaches we have our going to be great in time. Pearl, Dooley, and Summit are winners. I support them all. Just unfortunate. I BLEED ORANGE AND ALWAYS WILL!!! GO VOLS!

NO_DIGGITY writes:

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Actually Pearl inherited Lofton, Jujuan, C.J. Watson, Wingate and Bradshaw from Buzz, they just happended to be perfect for Pearl's system. Buzz had some talent, he just couldn't coach em up like Pearl.

Pearl was kept this year becasue of the timing of the NCAA investigation and the hope that it would not turn into "Showing Cause". Since that Phrase was in the letter, I think Bruce knows he is gone. Also, not having a signed contract is a hint. My guess is after we are eliminated in the first round of the NIT, Pearl will be fired with Cause and the Search will begin. I like Mike Anderson from Missouri, but he just signed a 7 year deal and also turned down 1.5 million a year from Georgia.

JACK8254 writes:

I am reasonalbly sure that Mike Hamilton is a good person- he adopts children, does mission work, etc, etc. I dont know him and I dont have anything against him personally. That said- he has made very poor decisions and the damage to UT's image is severe and long-lasting. When one makes BIG mistakes in ones job, one loses that job. That is the way of the world.

whiskeyman writes:

Goodbye "Hammie". Welcome back Phil! It's been too long, welcome back native Son!

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