University of Tennessee’s head basketball coach Bruce Pearl will serve an eight-game suspension from SEC basketball games this season.Pearl is banned from practices, meetings, games, and any game-related activities between January 8 and February 5
The suspension comes in the wake of Pearl’s recruiting violations. In 2008, he hosted a then-high school junior at his own home. He also surpassed the NCAA’s limit on phone calls to recruits.
Tennessee had already reduced Pearl’s contract by $1.5M because of the infractions. This punishment comes from SEC commissioner Mike Silve.
It’s a severe penalty, but he’ll probably just coach and tell the NCAA he wasn’t there.
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