Twelve-member committee will decide punishment for UT

They'll fly or drive a combined 8,600 miles to Indianapolis in June to ultimately settle on a punishment for the University of Tennessee's football and basketball programs, which are accused of a combined 12 major violations in a recently acquired Notice of Allegations.

The 12-member panel of the NCAA Committee on Infractions features a lawyer from Malibu, Calif., a former George W. Bush-appointed U.S. attorney, two conference commissioners, one of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols' court-appointed attorneys, two former standout women's basketball players, four law professors and only one person with direct SEC ties.

Hundreds of years of experience in law and athletic administration will be on the other side of the table when UT administrators, men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, the school's team of lawyers and others will present their case on June 10 and 11. Though UT desires it, a summary disposition was all but ruled out by NCAA Vice President of Enforcement Julie Roe Lach in a letter to UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek.

The people who will peruse those documents with scrupulous, diverse and experienced eyes:

Britton Banowsky Commissioner, Conference USA

The successor to current SEC commissioner Mike Slive at Conference USA in 2002, Banowsky has more than 20 years of experience as a college administrator. A licensed attorney in Texas, he serves as a member of a number of NCAA committees, including Collegiate Commissioners Association and Bowl Championship Series Properties, LLC. Banowsky spent six years with the Big 12, serving as Associate Commissioner and General Counsel. He graduated from Oklahoma, where he picked up both a business and law degree.

John S. Black: Senior Partner at Polsinelli and Shughart

Based in Kansas City, Mo., Black has 35 years of experience as a lawyer and "helps not-for-profit organizations, many of them sports-related, anticipate opportunities, implement strong procedures for effective governance, rights protection and risk minimization," according to his online biography. Along with his work as an attorney, Black serves as general counsel for the National Federation of State High School Associations and serves as an amateur sports law adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.

Missy Conboy: Senior Deputy Director of Athletics, Notre Dame

A 23-year veteran of the Notre Dame athletic department, Conboy was recently promoted to her current position after serving as a deputy athletic director since 2004. A Buffalo, N.Y., native, Conboy played on the Fighting Irish women's basketball team 1978-82. She received her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1985. Conboy was previously a member of the NCAA's Legislative Review Committee and served as chair for her final two years. She also has served as a four-year member of the NCAA Interpretations Committee.

Roscoe C. Howard Jr.: Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP

Howard has experience in "handling investigative matters initiated by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and local state law enforcement agencies," according to his online biography. Based in Washington D.C., Howard also provides advice on corporate compliance and ethics issues. Before he went into private practice in 2004, Howard was appointed as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2001-04 by President George W. Bush. Howard has served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and was appointed as U.S. Attorney while at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Eleanor Myers: Professor of Law, Temple University School of Law

A University of Pennsylvania graduate, Myers was appointed Temple's faculty athletics representative in 2006. She specializes in legal ethics and professional responsibility, according to a Temple Times article. Before moving to Temple full time in 1993, Myers held posts at Penn and Stanford and also handled securities and anti-trust class-action litigation for a Philadelphia law firm.

James O'Fallon: Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon School of Law

Oregon's faculty athletics representative, O'Fallon has worked all over the country. He started his career with a clerkship in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, held a fellowship at Harvard and moved on to law schools in Richmond and Detroit. The author of numerous scholarly articles, O'Fallon focuses on "constitutional history and theory and legal philosophy."

Gregory Sankey: Associate Commissioner, SEC

The SEC's director of compliance, Sankey has been with the conference since 2002. An Auburn, N.Y., native, Sankey was formerly the commissioner of the Southland Conference. He has been the point man on a number of compliance issues that have constantly reared their head in recent years. He is the only member of the 12-person panel with SEC ties.

Dennis Thomas: Commissioner, Mid-Eastern Conference

Entering his 10th year with the MEAC, Thomas serves as the chair of the Committee on Infractions. A 1974 graduate of Alcorn State University, a 1975 graduate of the University of Louisiana Monroe (master's) and a 1984 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (doctorate), Thomas also is member of the NCAA Division I Leadership Council and the NCAA I-FCS Governance Committee. He formerly served as the athletics director at Hampton University and was the head football coach at South Carolina State in the 80s.

Rodney Uphoff: Professor of Law, University of Missouri

A Wisconsin graduate, Uphoff has been a faculty member at UM since 2001 and also has served as the associate dean of academic affairs for three years. Before be became a law professor, Uphoff was a public defender in Wisconsin. He was one of four attorneys appointed to represent Okahoma City bomber Terry Nichols in Oklahoma state court. Nichols was convicted of murdering 160 people in the 1995 terrorist attack and is currently serving a life sentence in prison.

Julie Roe Lach: Vice President of Enforcement, NCAA

Formerly college sports' governing body's Director of Enforcement, Lach just recently took over as the Vice President of Enforcement. Lach has been involved with the NCAA since 1998, when she became a student-athlete reinstatement representative while playing basketball at Division II Millikin University. She moved up to director of student-athlete reinstatement in 1999 and director of enforcement in 2004.

Shep Cooper: Director of the Committee on Infractions, NCAA

Cooper has been the point man on investigations for a while now, as his name typically appears at the tops of letters most coaches dread seeing. He is the nephew of John Cooper, one of the originators of the jump shot, and works from the NCAA's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Brian P Halloran: Halloran Law Office

Bio incomplete.

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jryevols#222657 writes:

Andrew....you have way too much time on your hands. If there is someone else that takes the time to read this as I have , than that is two too many. It makes no difference is they were all Notre Dane priest at this point. The media distroyed what ever chances we had of getting a spanking instead of a good ole azzzz whipping. At least we still have Pat and the Lady Vols.

BleedN_OrangE writes:

lol.....wow....unbelievable...very intimmidating..not looking good for the home team...if i was pearl i'd be prepared to juss say yes mam and yes sir..how high would u like for me to jump and which ledge would be the most appropriate to jump from

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

Yep, cannot wait to go back to the pre-Bruce days of total basketball irrelevance.

but, hey, we will have our vol pride in never making the ncaa's.

volsfannsc writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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They obviously don't mind play for pay deals.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

Yep, cannot wait to go back to the pre-Bruce days of total basketball irrelevance.

but, hey, we will have our vol pride in never making the ncaa's.

Yeah you idiots that want to win at all costs make me puke. The integrity of our University has been tarnished. Bruce hasn't won any championship yet, and sure as heck ain't gonna this year.

Mule_Days_King writes:

Geez. All the pizzers and moaners can't wait for Pearl to be canned and get a new HC. Then they will feign support for him until that HC doesn't return their phone calls, signs a "thug", doesn't kiss their azzes, etc.
I want Pearl to resign for what he did.
Some of you panty-waste moaners want him gone for who he is because of some seemingly personal vendetta. What miserable people some of you must be.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Wow. Sounds more ominous than the U S Supreme court. Are we on trial for murder or over cooking the hot dogs?

jowemedo writes:

I'm not saying these 12 can't be fair and impartial but it seems to me that the NCAA should want to refrain from any appearance of that possibility. Having folks on this panel currently employed by any other university just doesn't seem right to me.

iowavol writes:

Agree with Brett for the most part - except I don't want Bruce gone. If Bruce was guilty of fixing grades, or providing extra benefits like 200,000 for a player, or some of things Calhoun or Pitino or having a long history of signing thugs, I'd say enough. But that is not his track record. His record is being straight up, signing the right kids, developing young men and making tough decisions like kicking your star off the team when the crime is egregious enough. I've seen him speak a couple of times at benefits and I believe him to be a good ambassador of our school. This is an embarrassment no doubt, but one we can recover from if...

For allowing (...you can come if want...) 2 recruits on unofficial visits to his backyard to hang out with the team and eat a hamburger and have a glass of lemonade.. is this really a firing crime? I think most in the profession would like to see this not a violation - think about it, you didn't wine and dine them, you didn't do anything special for their visit. The NCAA needs to really look at what are they trying to enforce.

For excessive contact with recruits, someone suggested that the number of 1 minutes calls - the lowest level recordable, could have been 5 second and no contact - would have dropped the total contacts below the allowable number. I suggest that contacting a player too many times is barely a misdemeanor.

For lying/misleading investigators is another thing all together and serious. For coming clean on your own about misleading those investigators is worth something. Some will say it would be better for Pearl if never came clean and stuck to his story. I say, good for Pearl for clearing his conscience and telling the truth - it definitely comes with a cost - 8 game suspension and $1.5 million dollars.

The penalty has been paid.

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Well precious, one defended a lying killer of women and children in ok city. Now he's basically prosecuting a lying griller. How's that for your morals and ethics? This entire thing is jacked up and typical of backwards asz thinking in this country.

dvols writes:

and ESPN and CBS....lets don't forget....

IBleedOrange71 writes:

in response to iowavol:

Agree with Brett for the most part - except I don't want Bruce gone. If Bruce was guilty of fixing grades, or providing extra benefits like 200,000 for a player, or some of things Calhoun or Pitino or having a long history of signing thugs, I'd say enough. But that is not his track record. His record is being straight up, signing the right kids, developing young men and making tough decisions like kicking your star off the team when the crime is egregious enough. I've seen him speak a couple of times at benefits and I believe him to be a good ambassador of our school. This is an embarrassment no doubt, but one we can recover from if...

For allowing (...you can come if want...) 2 recruits on unofficial visits to his backyard to hang out with the team and eat a hamburger and have a glass of lemonade.. is this really a firing crime? I think most in the profession would like to see this not a violation - think about it, you didn't wine and dine them, you didn't do anything special for their visit. The NCAA needs to really look at what are they trying to enforce.

For excessive contact with recruits, someone suggested that the number of 1 minutes calls - the lowest level recordable, could have been 5 second and no contact - would have dropped the total contacts below the allowable number. I suggest that contacting a player too many times is barely a misdemeanor.

For lying/misleading investigators is another thing all together and serious. For coming clean on your own about misleading those investigators is worth something. Some will say it would be better for Pearl if never came clean and stuck to his story. I say, good for Pearl for clearing his conscience and telling the truth - it definitely comes with a cost - 8 game suspension and $1.5 million dollars.

The penalty has been paid.

Very well said Iowavol...very well said!

CCLC writes:

in response to PeeEllthree:

Well precious, one defended a lying killer of women and children in ok city. Now he's basically prosecuting a lying griller. How's that for your morals and ethics? This entire thing is jacked up and typical of backwards asz thinking in this country.

I.C'mon man. This is still the US of A and we are all entitled to adequate representation. Attorneys are charged with working judiciously to defend their clients no matter what their personal thoughts may be. McVeigh found guilty on all 11 Federal indictments. Appeal went to Supreme Court. Denied. One could say it was denied in part because there were no errors by his defense team. Stay of execution request was denied as well. May God have mercy on his soul.
II. It was the calling the recruits and their parents to lie for him that is going to bring the axe down on him and the UT basketball program. That you cannot cover up by claiming ignorance. You asked for someone else to help you cover up your dung pile. Once the punishment is handed down, Hamilton and Pearl will both be shown the door.
That is unfortunate for these two men and for the University of Tennessee and vicariously the SEC. Having to endure "Pantygate" and the subsequent embarrassment of having to terminate an AD and former player certainly gives me reason to empathize with Vols. I suppose it might only matter to some if "its your ox getting gored." Personally I don't take any joy from it.

CCLC writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Wow. Sounds more ominous than the U S Supreme court. Are we on trial for murder or over cooking the hot dogs?

Neither. Pearl is being brought to heel for calling his players, recruits, and their parents and asking them to deceive the NCAA in order to avoid punishment and repercussions for his actions. That is a character flaw that many of us share to some degree. However, committing further "fouls" while already under NCAA scrutiny shows considerable arrogance and lack of sound judgment. Pearle's prior penchant for getting in these situations doesn't help I'm sure. Being associated with Lame only makes it worst.
just sayin'

BillyVol writes:

I want my money back. LOL

orangegrass writes:

Pearl is going to the gallows. They will make an example out of him. Hamilton will return to Knoxville to pack his bags too. Kiffin will be dismissed at USC because his new AD is sick of this behavior. All is well in the world. USC bounces back quickly and UT continues to tread water in the pool of mediocrity.

orangeinbama writes:

I know opinions are a dime a dozen..And Im usually wrong but... one way or another Pearl and Hamilton will be gone at end of year. I do not question the fact Pearl is a good coach. I do question Hamiltons AD performance. To avoid major if not severe penalities, the University Prez/trustees have no choice but to clean house before the hearings. Sad day for Vol Nation....

CCLC writes:

in response to dirtdobber01:

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I wondered where you were coming from with the "LMAO" point. Mine wasn't meant to be funny. No problem though. I always enjoy OCV posts. He's a great Vol and worthy SEC fan.
just sayin'

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Does anyone remember the scandal with the NCAA administrators several years ago when they were receiving either interest free or very low interest home mortgages from the bank that handled the NCAA funds? I never did hear the outcome of that investigation. I believe there was considerable lying being done there. Lying may not be the RIGHT thing to do any situation but it is done at every level of life from the pulpits of our country to the legislative chamers to the court rooms to the school rooms to the board rooms to the bedrooms of this country. I have lied and in some way everyone of us has lied. Lying is one thing, being stupid is another. When you are in the spotlight of every news gathering agency in the country and have developed a tremendous following of supporters who praise your every move it behooves you to do your very best to not provide fodder for those who report on you or oppose you as fans of a different school. We usually forgive those we love for lying and take to task those we are not so fond of who have likewise lied. Bruce either stays or goes and I am fine with either. I give him credit for the present success of this basketball team and also hold him accountable for the poor play this team has esperienced this season in losing so many close games.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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You can't be a lawyer without being liar and cheater.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

Yeah you idiots that want to win at all costs make me puke. The integrity of our University has been tarnished. Bruce hasn't won any championship yet, and sure as heck ain't gonna this year.

Wrong.

AlcoVOLic writes:

Okay, take a serious look at things with CBP, the cookout can't be viewed as a big deal. Think about UConn taking recruits to ESPN on their official visits (anyone know the punishment?) and now Pearl giving a recruit some hot dogs at his house. As a recruit, I would definitely be more swayed by the opportunity to all over SportsCenter than all-you-can-eat Oscar Meyers (though some Ball Parks could be a game changer)
Yes, lying to the NCAA is a big deal, and there will be additional punishments for that, but Slive did Pearl a huge favor by slapping him with a harsh 8-game suspension (ref. UConn again, same crime, 3-game suspension). I think Slive had a sit-down with Pearl where he confessed everything, Slive picked his jaw up off the floor, then braced Pearl for a serous beating while decrying "this is for your own good".
I sure hope we keep Pearl around for many more years, and he takes this situation as a lesson learned. Not too often you can have a fireball like him who can coach be so committed to a school, snd I think he's more committed than ever since his reputation is now so tarnished across the league.

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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From what I read most were attorneys. How do you think they make a living? Will probably embrace Pearl and grant a full pardon. LOL. GO VOLS!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to CCLC:

I.C'mon man. This is still the US of A and we are all entitled to adequate representation. Attorneys are charged with working judiciously to defend their clients no matter what their personal thoughts may be. McVeigh found guilty on all 11 Federal indictments. Appeal went to Supreme Court. Denied. One could say it was denied in part because there were no errors by his defense team. Stay of execution request was denied as well. May God have mercy on his soul.
II. It was the calling the recruits and their parents to lie for him that is going to bring the axe down on him and the UT basketball program. That you cannot cover up by claiming ignorance. You asked for someone else to help you cover up your dung pile. Once the punishment is handed down, Hamilton and Pearl will both be shown the door.
That is unfortunate for these two men and for the University of Tennessee and vicariously the SEC. Having to endure "Pantygate" and the subsequent embarrassment of having to terminate an AD and former player certainly gives me reason to empathize with Vols. I suppose it might only matter to some if "its your ox getting gored." Personally I don't take any joy from it.

Agree. For some odd reason UT fans can't get it through their heads. It isn't the BBQ that he's getting smashed for. And if the BBQ wasn't a big deal, why did he go to great lengths to cover it up? And people keep commenting on hot dogs and hamburgers. I'm betting a multi millionare trying to impress recruits and their parents went a bit further than hot dogs. I'd say he at least gave them prime rib, LOL. Look at how everyone trashes Kiffin, yet look at how that worship Pearl. Look how they trash Fulmer, look how they worship Bruce. Not only does Bruce get what he deserves, there is a certain percentage of this fanbase that deserves it as well.

tennrich1 writes:

These opinions range from high and outside to low and inside...Its funny for me to read because actually NO ONE knows how this will turn out....So opine on thar me boys....and have fun doing it...see you at the other end of the tunnel...

SummerfieldVol writes:

Seems to me all you moaners and groaners answers to any problem is to fire someone. Well what goes around will come around. You are late for work, late for coming back from lunch, made a mistake on a report or just told a lie to your boss about something he ask you. YOU ARE FIRED. I don't think anyone would like to live or work under these conditions. Everybody makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. So back off the lets just fire everone involved.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to AlcoVOLic:

Okay, take a serious look at things with CBP, the cookout can't be viewed as a big deal. Think about UConn taking recruits to ESPN on their official visits (anyone know the punishment?) and now Pearl giving a recruit some hot dogs at his house. As a recruit, I would definitely be more swayed by the opportunity to all over SportsCenter than all-you-can-eat Oscar Meyers (though some Ball Parks could be a game changer)
Yes, lying to the NCAA is a big deal, and there will be additional punishments for that, but Slive did Pearl a huge favor by slapping him with a harsh 8-game suspension (ref. UConn again, same crime, 3-game suspension). I think Slive had a sit-down with Pearl where he confessed everything, Slive picked his jaw up off the floor, then braced Pearl for a serous beating while decrying "this is for your own good".
I sure hope we keep Pearl around for many more years, and he takes this situation as a lesson learned. Not too often you can have a fireball like him who can coach be so committed to a school, snd I think he's more committed than ever since his reputation is now so tarnished across the league.

I would put in my vote for Hebrew National hot dogs--and NOT because of CBP's religion/ethnicity--but otherwise I agree with your post.

Bigger_Al writes:

Alternates for the COI:

Linda Bensel Myers - Bitter Anti-Sports Self-styled-Intellectual
"Tuscaloosa John" Adams - Hack Reporter
Gerry Dinardo - Coach that couldn't beat UT
Tommy Gallion - Rogue Alabama Lawyer
Thad Matta - OSU coach, Photo sharer
Al Matthews - Hack Referee
John Calipari - NCAA rogue who swears he tells the truth
Al From Dadeville - Pro-Tide Tree poisoner
Buzz Peterson - Lost big with team Pearl took to #2 seed
Jimmy Collins - Ex-Illinois Assistant Coach
GoVolsExtra Trolls - Anti-UT Dorks that have no lives

Who am I missing?

bigwhite12 writes:

Here's the deal. Everyone keeps calling for CBP's job. Why? He's a great motivator and coach. He obviously is truly remorseful for what he has done. If anyone needs to be looked at more closely it's the bs bylaws and so called "rules" of the NCAA. Im a huge UT fan. But what happened to AJ Green at GA was just complete and utter phooey. He sold his own jersey for a little extra college spending cash and had to sit out five games. Are you kidding me? Pearl has a cookout at his house and now all this? It seems like the NCAA has made it so hard for these coaches and administrators as well as these 18-22 yr old kids to even walk down the street without some freaking idiotic sanctions. I say let all recruiting practices besides monetary payments "go"!! As long as nothing of that relevance comes about it would be interesting to watch. Phone call this, phone call that....mamby pamby bs. Cmon. Lets play ball.

hikerdude writes:

Wonder what Mr Haslam thinks?

jryevols#222657 writes:

Remember Bobby Knight's comment to the NCAA committee. He was pulling his chair out to sit down and it just flew out across the gym at the official. A Vanderbilt mascott beats the phooey out of student and everyone just laughs. There are thousands of incidents that take place each year , but let someone from Tennessee miss the urinal at a game and the NCAA IS ALL OVER IT.
When your Daddy was standing there with a switch or belt , didn't you say " I didn't do it " In my eyes Bruce made a mistake and ask to be forgiven. I forgive him and see him for the man he is....ask yourself...is he so different than me ? Would you quickly lie at work to save your job....be honest...can you????????/

Again all you perfect slayers....go get a rock

CCLC writes:

in response to bigwhite12:

Here's the deal. Everyone keeps calling for CBP's job. Why? He's a great motivator and coach. He obviously is truly remorseful for what he has done. If anyone needs to be looked at more closely it's the bs bylaws and so called "rules" of the NCAA. Im a huge UT fan. But what happened to AJ Green at GA was just complete and utter phooey. He sold his own jersey for a little extra college spending cash and had to sit out five games. Are you kidding me? Pearl has a cookout at his house and now all this? It seems like the NCAA has made it so hard for these coaches and administrators as well as these 18-22 yr old kids to even walk down the street without some freaking idiotic sanctions. I say let all recruiting practices besides monetary payments "go"!! As long as nothing of that relevance comes about it would be interesting to watch. Phone call this, phone call that....mamby pamby bs. Cmon. Lets play ball.

And yet the "Buckeye Five" get to slide.

kennypowers writes:

Was the attendance of the cookout by the recruits illegal because of the time period in which it took place? Don't mean to ask a stupid question, just curious.

thevoice writes:

I'm a UT alumnus. Can I be on the committee?

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to orangegrass:

Pearl is going to the gallows. They will make an example out of him. Hamilton will return to Knoxville to pack his bags too. Kiffin will be dismissed at USC because his new AD is sick of this behavior. All is well in the world. USC bounces back quickly and UT continues to tread water in the pool of mediocrity.

Yawn......your attempt at trolling was more boring than your social life. If your gonna troll, troll hard idiot. When you can't even succeed in riling up people, it means you are either

A. stupid
B. boring

It's probably a mix.

AHoffman writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Wonder what Mr Haslam thinks?

In the end, that is all that matters at UT anyway.

yankintenn#395643 writes:

99% of UT fans LOVED Lane until the day he left. If he was still here, y'all would still be defending him. U know I am right!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I would put in my vote for Hebrew National hot dogs--and NOT because of CBP's religion/ethnicity--but otherwise I agree with your post.

That's funny. My brother-in-law recently got the account to do Hebrew National's advertising. He was all excited because it was a huge account. I told him he has his work cut out for him cuz I've never heard of them.

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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B, double e, double r you in, beerrun...b double e, double r u n, beerrun. All you need is a 10 or a 5, a pair of keys and a sober driver, b double e double r you n, beerrun.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to yankintenn#395643:

99% of UT fans LOVED Lane until the day he left. If he was still here, y'all would still be defending him. U know I am right!

Yep. "Us" vs "them" mentality. Maybe not 99%, though.

bigwhite12 writes:

"99% of UT fans LOVED Lane until the day he left. If he was still here, y'all would still be defending him. U know I am right!"

I loved Charlie Sheen before I knew he was a porn popping drunk....and....troll away...

VolQB writes:

The media is trying to stir up a stoning. Nashville is reporting over and over the need for post-season ban. Does anybody know if Bama's media created a drive-by when Bama's entire athletic department participated in a school book sale scam? Widespread player fraud for cash.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to PeeEllthree:

Well precious, one defended a lying killer of women and children in ok city. Now he's basically prosecuting a lying griller. How's that for your morals and ethics? This entire thing is jacked up and typical of backwards asz thinking in this country.

The lawyer was a court appointed attorney...which means he pretty much HAD to defend Nichols. i normally agree with you on stuff, but not in this case. I'm no lawyer myself, but I'm pretty sure in order to remove yourself from defending someone, you have to prove that you can't provide effective counsel.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to jryevols#222657:

Andrew....you have way too much time on your hands. If there is someone else that takes the time to read this as I have , than that is two too many. It makes no difference is they were all Notre Dane priest at this point. The media distroyed what ever chances we had of getting a spanking instead of a good ole azzzz whipping. At least we still have Pat and the Lady Vols.

J57
I took the time to read all of this very careful. Maybe it is just me but this looks very much as an example case. I am aware that there are many issues that appear that UT program monitory is poor But I have to wonder if someone needs to be an example to show that the NCAA is looking. Phone calls are a dime a doz at every college and illegal contact such as a Bar-Q party is not uncommon do not compare to a father trying to sell his son's talent or to a Program paying rent , Etc to players and their families. Pac 10 style. So Pearl lied, that happens on every investigation the NCAA conducts. Just my thoughts

AC_84 writes:

in response to iowavol:

Agree with Brett for the most part - except I don't want Bruce gone. If Bruce was guilty of fixing grades, or providing extra benefits like 200,000 for a player, or some of things Calhoun or Pitino or having a long history of signing thugs, I'd say enough. But that is not his track record. His record is being straight up, signing the right kids, developing young men and making tough decisions like kicking your star off the team when the crime is egregious enough. I've seen him speak a couple of times at benefits and I believe him to be a good ambassador of our school. This is an embarrassment no doubt, but one we can recover from if...

For allowing (...you can come if want...) 2 recruits on unofficial visits to his backyard to hang out with the team and eat a hamburger and have a glass of lemonade.. is this really a firing crime? I think most in the profession would like to see this not a violation - think about it, you didn't wine and dine them, you didn't do anything special for their visit. The NCAA needs to really look at what are they trying to enforce.

For excessive contact with recruits, someone suggested that the number of 1 minutes calls - the lowest level recordable, could have been 5 second and no contact - would have dropped the total contacts below the allowable number. I suggest that contacting a player too many times is barely a misdemeanor.

For lying/misleading investigators is another thing all together and serious. For coming clean on your own about misleading those investigators is worth something. Some will say it would be better for Pearl if never came clean and stuck to his story. I say, good for Pearl for clearing his conscience and telling the truth - it definitely comes with a cost - 8 game suspension and $1.5 million dollars.

The penalty has been paid.

Agree 100%

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

MaMa
I once heard Daddy define an attorney. He stated He wasn't kicking their need nor their intent to preserve personal rights. But in truth they were just professional liars. They are much like a debate club, it's not what is right or wrong it is can you get your way. These twelve are all Lawers.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to iowavol:

Agree with Brett for the most part - except I don't want Bruce gone. If Bruce was guilty of fixing grades, or providing extra benefits like 200,000 for a player, or some of things Calhoun or Pitino or having a long history of signing thugs, I'd say enough. But that is not his track record. His record is being straight up, signing the right kids, developing young men and making tough decisions like kicking your star off the team when the crime is egregious enough. I've seen him speak a couple of times at benefits and I believe him to be a good ambassador of our school. This is an embarrassment no doubt, but one we can recover from if...

For allowing (...you can come if want...) 2 recruits on unofficial visits to his backyard to hang out with the team and eat a hamburger and have a glass of lemonade.. is this really a firing crime? I think most in the profession would like to see this not a violation - think about it, you didn't wine and dine them, you didn't do anything special for their visit. The NCAA needs to really look at what are they trying to enforce.

For excessive contact with recruits, someone suggested that the number of 1 minutes calls - the lowest level recordable, could have been 5 second and no contact - would have dropped the total contacts below the allowable number. I suggest that contacting a player too many times is barely a misdemeanor.

For lying/misleading investigators is another thing all together and serious. For coming clean on your own about misleading those investigators is worth something. Some will say it would be better for Pearl if never came clean and stuck to his story. I say, good for Pearl for clearing his conscience and telling the truth - it definitely comes with a cost - 8 game suspension and $1.5 million dollars.

The penalty has been paid.

The reason I think Coach Pearl should (and will) resign is for the future of the program.
If he remains until after the final decision is made, likely late July-early August, and he is handed a two year ban, he will have to be fired. We would then be looking for a coach 8-9 weeks out from the beginning of the regular season. There would be no way to get a coach at that junction.
I hate that Coach has put himself and the University in this position. We owe him a debt of graditude for bringing the program back from obscurity. HE owes it to us to correct this in an honorable way.
And cue the Pearl haters (aka jilted stalkers)....

budd#207344 writes:

KNS,
I usually support your paper and its reporting. But I continue to see your entire staff refer to the violations alleged by the NCAA as "major". In fact, they do not even seem to be able to agree on the number of them. I have seen 12, 24, & 26. When I do a word search for the use of "major" in the document provided by this website I found 0(Zero) instances of the use of that word. Please provide me with the information of why these are "major" violations or ask your staff to quit using the term. They are violations but terming them "major" when the NCAA does not seems to indicate a journalistic lean toward TMZ or rags at the checkout counter.

AlcoVOLic writes:

in response to budd#207344:

KNS,
I usually support your paper and its reporting. But I continue to see your entire staff refer to the violations alleged by the NCAA as "major". In fact, they do not even seem to be able to agree on the number of them. I have seen 12, 24, & 26. When I do a word search for the use of "major" in the document provided by this website I found 0(Zero) instances of the use of that word. Please provide me with the information of why these are "major" violations or ask your staff to quit using the term. They are violations but terming them "major" when the NCAA does not seems to indicate a journalistic lean toward TMZ or rags at the checkout counter.

You can't word search a scanned .pdf file

pcorange writes:

Is there any question left that Mike Hamilton needs to be shown the door? In 17 years of PF football, we were never in trouble. PF should be the AD. He'd get the job done with class.

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