KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Coach Pearl joked that SEC commissioner Mike Slive was going to suspend him for ten games, until he saw Kentucky on the schedule for this Saturday.
With the completion of the Alabama game Pearl's suspension from the SEC was complete and he will be back on the bench when the Vols take on the Wildcats on Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl also announced Monday that freshman guard Jordan McRae has been reinstated to the team. The Midway, Ga., native was placed on indefinite suspension Jan. 22 for violating team conduct rules. Since that time, he has not taken part in any team-related activities.
McRae will participate in UT’s practice Monday afternoon in Knoxville but will not accompany the team to Lexington, Ky., for Tuesday’s game against 18th-ranked Kentucky. He will take part in all team-related activities, including travel, after the Vols return from the Bluegrass State.
McRae has played in nine games this season, averaging 2.0 points in 5.7 minutes per contest.