Pearl, staff target of NCAA investigation, self-imposed sanctions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- University of Tennessee Athletics Director Mike Hamilton says head basketball coach Bruce Pearl's salary will be reduced by 25 percent, and there will be other recruiting penalties, following news of an NCAA investigation into alleged recruiting violations by the coach and his staff.

The compensation reduction amounts to about $1.5 million over the term of Pearl's existing contract. Pay for his assistants was also reduced by 25 percent.

Pearl is also banned from engaging in off-campus recruiting for one year.

The news conference comes less than a day after reports surfaced involving an NCAA investigation into the men's basketball program.

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  • by Cathy Location: Morristown on Feb 23, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    Bruce Pearl is doing a great job especially wth everything that is going on. He has done nothing that others have not done, there has just been an issue of this. I know if you look deep other coaches have done things to. Yes, Leslie if you don't like the color orange leave!
  • by shelly Location: ktown on Sep 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    Wow Jo, didnt know this was UT country... this is Gods country, you need to get a grip and a life !!! not everyone backs up the criminals and the crooks of ALL athletics at UT. Speak for yourself.you do wrong you need to pay the price. not just a slap on the hand. Bruce Pearl is a smuck, crooked, and a total jerk.... just wait til he gets caught at other things he is doing !!!!!!! Does anything supprise anyone that happens from Ut anymore? its not breaking news its just something that slipped out....
  • by Matt Location: Johnson City on Sep 11, 2010 at 01:58 AM
    Yeah, who wants to watch two beautiful female tennis players when we can see a grown man cry like a baby because he got caught doing something wrong? Good job bringing us the real hard news! This is yet another example of UT's corrupt athletics depts and is hardly anything close to "breaking news."
  • by don Location: kodak on Sep 10, 2010 at 11:31 PM
    I don,t think lying is proper. Is this setting a good example no! Lossing 25% is letting him off for good behavior. sad.
  • by Howard Location: Knoxville on Sep 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM
    UT is dirty, and it shows all over. It has the city of Knoxville bamboozled into thinking it is some kind of cornucopia; the reality is little more than a self-serving Leviathan.
  • by L Location: Knoxville on Sep 10, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    I think that Bruce is a good person. Yes, he may have broken the rules. But he put his heart into the UT basketball program and he may be trying too hard. He admits his fault and take it like a man. So I think that he is the right person to grow UT basketball program. Go Bruce.
  • by Clay Location: newport on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    Wow, breaking news! UT athletics are corrupt! Who knew? Also, more "breaking news" the earth orbits the sun and not the other way around! US Open > man crying at a desk.
  • by David Location: Morristown on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    Yeah move to a US Open friendly city, i.e. any city not so hyper-focused on a university's corrupt athletics departments that they totally obsess over every miniscule detail of said corruption to the point of myopic exclusion of the outside world. So, anywhere not within UT's radius of ignorance basically is ok.
  • by david Location: morristown on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Only UT fanatics could understand why they would pre-empt the US Open (an actual sport) to show some blubbering crybaby defending his corrupt program (and UT men's basketball at that). Wow, UT athletics are corrupt! What a news story that is! Luckily, one can watch the US Open online, which I will do in the future. Why do you people feel a sense of any loyalty to UT when you did not attend the school? I'll never understand that.
  • by K Location: Knoxville on Sep 10, 2010 at 04:31 PM
    Move to a US Open friendly city.
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