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University Of Tennessee Men’s Basketball Hit By NCAA Venom

I hate to make light of this bit of misfortune but after reading the report that the University of Tennessee put out this afternoon in regards to self imposed penalties placed on the school’s basketball program, it looks like phone calls made by Bruce Pearl and his staff to recruits might be the world’s most expensive phone calls ever. The calls and lying about them ever happening to NCAA officials will cost Coach Pearl $1.5 Million over the next five years of his current contract which is through 2015, in addition to costing his staff 25% of their income over the next year.

During a press conference on Friday afternoon Pearl acknowledged lying to NCAA Officials during a 17 month investigation which many believe was initially opened to look into the recruiting practices of the football team.

Pearl said in his written statement to the press “I’ve made some serious mistakes, and for that I’m truly sorry,”  “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.”

“I learned that it’s not OK to tell the truth most of the time, but you’ve got to tell the truth all of the time,” he said in tears.

This incident only adds to a laundry list of bad publicity for the SEC program, who in recent months has had a number of student athletes arrested on numerous charges including but not limited to weapons and drug charges. In addition to announcing their self imposed penalties the school also aknowledged that they have received an official notifiaction of investigation into the schools entire athletic department from the NCAA. Tennessee’s self imposed penalties  is a growing trend among NCAA programs being investigated for violations, hoping to get ahead of the committees tough punishment and lengthy inquiries.

Below Is A Complete Listing Of The University Of Tennessee Men’s Basketball Self Imposed Penalties:

Head coach Bruce Pearl‘s compensation will be reduced by $1.5 million compared with what he was scheduled to earn over the remainder of his contract, which expires June 30, 2015. Pearl’s retention bonus of $500,000, originally due to be paid in November 2012, will be deferred until June 2015.

a. Coach Pearl’s compensation for the period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 will be reduced by $500,000

b. Coach Pearl’s compensation for the period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 will be reduced by $600,000

c. Coach Pearl’s compensation for the period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 will be reduced by $200,000. In addition, Coach Pearl is currently scheduled to receive a retention bonus of $500,000 on November 30, 2012. He will not receive the retention bonus until June 2015.

d. Coach Pearl’s compensation for the period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 will be reduced by $100,000.

e.  Coach Pearl’s compensation for the period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 will be reduced by $100,000

– Pearl will not be permitted to engage in any off-campus recruiting for a period of one year, beginning on Sept. 24 and concluding on Sept. 23, 2011.

– Assistant coaches Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay will receive a 25 percent salary reduction beginning on Oct. 1, 2010.

– Forbes will not be permitted to engage in any off-campus recruiting for one year, from Sept. 24 through Sept. 23, 2011.

– Jones will not be permitted to engage in any off-campus recruiting for nine months, from Sept. 24 through June 23, 2011.

– Shay will not be permitted to engage in any off-campus recruiting for three months, from Sept. 24 through Dec. 23, 2010.

– The coaching staff is required to attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar in June 2010.

– The coaching staff was not allowed to make recruiting telephone calls for a 7-day period from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14.

– The number of official visits during the 2010-2011 recruiting calendar will be reduced 33 percent, from 12 to nine.

– The number of recruiting opportunities off-campus during the 2010-11 recruiting calendar will be reduced 20 percent from 130 to 104.

– No official or unofficial visits by basketball recruits to campus will be allowed during the weekends of Sept. 17-18 (Florida home football game weekend) or Sept. 24-25 (UAB home football game weekend).

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September 11, 2010 - Posted by | Adonis Thomas, Coaches, High School Recruiting, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, USC

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