Tennessee receives letter of allegations from NCAA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee has told WVLT that the school has received its letter of allegations from the NCAA.

The notice details the infractions committed by the men's basketball and football teams.

It describes in detail impermissible phone calls and visits to recruits made by both programs.

The notice of allegations implicates most of Bruce Pearl's coaching staff in violations of NCAA regulations. The report states that Bruce Pearl, "acted contrary to the principals of ethical conduct when he knowingly engaged in violations of NCAA recruiting legislation."

In regards to football the report focused specifically on Kiffin's time at Tennessee the report alleges that Kiffin failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failed to monitor his coaches and program.

Despite reports made by various media outlets, there are no allegations against the baseball team.

The NCAA has requested a mountain of paperwork form the University to prove that UT maintained some manner of compliance and monitored it coaches and the athletic programs detailed in the report.

Tennessee has canceled basketball practice for today, in effect making Pearl unavailable to the media.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive suspended Pearl for UT's first eight conference games after Pearl misled the NCAA about a barbecue at his house that high school student-athletes attended.

A UT official has told WVLT that the release of the letter to the media is imminent, possibly as early as Wednesday.

Now that Tennessee has received the notice, it has 90 days to respond to the allegations. UT would then likely go in front of the NCAA infractions committee in June.

WVLT has been told the university will not hold a press conference regarding the NCAA's findings.

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  • by Bill Location: Knoxville on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    Pearl made a mistake,he is paying for it,NCAA in cases like this have gone from the death blow to a slap on the wrist.I think the NCAA needs to see that he has paid a heavy price and let us get on with business.This is one of the biggest prices ever handed down.Get em Bruce.
  • by Doug S. Location: Lenoir City on Feb 23, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Clean up the Mess and get rid of the Problem (Pearl), and lets move on!
  • by Kathie Location: Maryville on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    I have been a UT fan for over 30 years. Although I am ashamed that grown, intelligent men cannot observe the rules, I still support the athletics department. I would like to see Mike Hamilton leave as AD and bring back Phillip Fulmer in that position. He has proven his loyalty and his integrity in the way he conducts business. Mr. Hamilton has let these issues get out of hand, and personally I do not think he can fully correct them and still be in charge. Our university will survive this, but we need new direction and leadership. Bruce Pearl will rebound from his mistakes, and will continue to take our basketball program to higher ground. It is just a shame that the atheletes will be the ones to suffer. That their time spent here at UT will be scarred with these scandles. I am not saying that Mike Hamilton has not done some good for our athletics department, but as in any business, the boss is the one that has to bare the bulk of the blame.
  • by Bill Location: Johnson City on Feb 22, 2011 at 10:49 PM
    Mr. Pearl should be summarily fired by UT for his unethical and immoral behavior. The University does NOT need someone like this leading our young men. Breaking a rule is one thing lying about it is quite another. We weree quick to condemn Coach Kiffin why isn't the same standard applied to Pearl?

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