Tennessee Vols Coach Fined $2 Million
Am I the only one that hears Eric Cartman in Pearl’s response? The guy was cheating, he was caught cheating, and now he’s busting out with the Cartman response.
I made a mistake, I misinterpreted the rules
Every so often, Southpark hits some serious social issues right on the head.
From my Texas sports blog.
After admitting to misleading the NCAA in an investigation, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will lose 25 percent of his salary — or a total of $2 million — for the remainder of his five-year contract and not be allowed to recruit off-campus for one year.
The investigation, according to sources, involved illegal phone calls and also improper contact with recruits.
”I’ve made some serious mistakes, and for that I’m truly sorry,” a tearful Pearl said during a Friday news conference. ”I provided incorrect and misleading information to the NCAA. I’ve learned some invaluable lessons. After I provided the false and misleading information, subsequently I went back and corrected the record.
The Vols received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA on Friday following an investigation into the program and then released the self-imposed sanctions.
Tennessee now will wait for the NCAA’s ruling on a punishment for the program.
The significant hit for the program will come in the fact that Pearl will not be permitted to engage in any off-campus recruiting for one year — from Sept. 24, 2010 until Sept. 23, 2011.
Not only that, but all three assistant coaches — Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay — will also have their salaries cut by 25 percent for the next year and will have recruiting limitations.