I am surprised that no one is talking about this. I actually like Bruce Pearl, but he took our primary recruit last year, Tobias Harris. Has to make you wonder whether he would get top recruits if he played by the rules. It must be pretty bad if UT imposed these kind of sanctions before the investigation was done.
As of this writing, Tennessee's surprising news conference announcing self-imposed penalties is nearly finished. We'll have much more about the press conference, the investigation, and the causes therein -- excessive phone calls and providing misleading information to the NCAA among them -- in due time, but for now, here is Tennessee's list of self-imposed penalties for coach Bruce Pearl and his staff. You can read the PDF of UT's press release here. The digest version:
- A $1.5 million reduction in pay for Bruce Pearl over the length of his contract, which expires in 2015. The reduction proceeds progressively; Pearl will give up almost $1.1 million over the next two years, and he will not receive a scheduled retention bonus of $500,000 in 2012.
- A series of pay cuts for Pearl's staff, including assistant coaches Tony Jones, Steve Forbes, and Jason Shay.
- And, in what could be the most important penalty for Tennessee's on-court performance, Pearl will be prohibited from any off campus recruiting activities from Sept. 24, 2010 to Sept. 24, 2011. ................................ http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/15137/tennessee-penalizes-bruce-pearl-staff