Second Chances: Defeating the stigma of the NCAA show-cause
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March 28, 2005: Tennessee hires Bruce Pearl as men’s basketball coach. His staff consists of Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Scott Edgar.
May 25, 2006: Texas A&M assistant Steve Forbes joins Pearl’s staff, replacing Edgar, who left UT to take the head-coaching job at Southeast Missouri State.
Feb. 23, 2008: No. 2-ranked UT wins at No. 1-ranked Memphis, 66-62, catapulting the Vols to their first No. 1 ranking in men’s basketball in school history.
Sept. 20, 2008: Recruits Aaron Craft, Jordan McRae and Josh Selby attend a cookout at Pearl’s house; now-infamous photo of Pearl and Craft taken.
March 26, 2010: UT defeats Ohio State 76-73 in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the first Elite Eight in the program’s history.
June 14, 2010: Pearl and his assistants are interviewed by the NCAA and shown a black-and-white reproduced photo printed off from a fax machine of Pearl and Craft, who is now at Ohio State.
Aug. 5, 2010: Pearl and his assistants meet with the NCAA again, with Pearl admitting to the location of the photo.
Sept. 14, 2010: Pearl is alleged to have committed a bump violation involving incidental contact with a player at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy.
Nov. 19, 2010: SEC commissioner Mike Slive announces Pearl will be suspended the first eight games of league play.
March 18, 2011: Michigan eliminates UT from the NCAA tournament, handing Pearl the most-lopsided loss in his tenure, 75-45. It will ultimately be his final game as the program’s head coach.
March 21, 2011: Pearl, Forbes, Jones and Shay fired by Tennessee. Pearl’s career record is 145-61.
April 13, 2011: Forbes named head coach at Northwest Florida State College. Shay joins him one month later as an assistant coach.
July 6, 2011: Jones named head coach at Alcoa High School.
Aug. 24, 2011: The NCAA announces a three-year show-cause penalty for Pearl based on recruiting violations and “the provision of false and misleading information about them, and the inducement of others to do the same.” Forbes, Jones and Shay all receive one-year show-cause sanctions.
August 30, 2011: Pearl named vice president of marketing for H.T. Hackney Co., a Knoxville-based wholesale grocery supplier.
July 30, 2012: Pearl joins ESPN as an analyst.
Aug. 23, 2012: Show-cause penalty levied on Forbes, Jones and Shay expires.
March 25, 2013: Jones steps down as Alcoa head coach.
July 8, 2013: Forbes named assistant coach at Wichita State, leaves Northwest Florida State with a 62-6 record.
Aug. 23, 2014: Date Pearl’s show-cause will be lifted.