GoVolsXtra report offers details of Pearl's NCAA violation

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- The incident about which Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl lied to the NCAA took place in September 2008 and involed three prospects once committed to play for the Vols, GoVolsXtra is reporting.

The report claims that Pearl hosted Aaron Craft, Josh Selby and Jordan McRae at his house during an unofficial visit during the prospects' junior years, an act which is in violation of NCAA policy, which prohibits coaches from having off-campus contact with prospects before their senior year or providing them with food or drink on an unofficial visit.

McRae is the only prospect who signed with Tennessee. He is enrolled as a freshman at UT.

The NCAA allegedly showed Pearl a photo taken of him and Craft at Pearl's house and asked if he knew where the photo had been taken. Pearl said he did not, but later came back to investigators and admitted he knew it had been taken at his house.

"I learned that it's not OK to tell the truth most of the time, but that you have to tell the truth all the time," Pearl said Friday at the press conference where he admitted his indiscretion. "I have no tolerable answer for why I didn't tell the truth the first time, and I take full responsibility for my actions."

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