NCAA Basketball

Report: SEC Suspends Tennessee Head Coach Bruce Pearl

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According to ESPN, Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl has been suspended for the first eight SEC games for violating NCAA rules.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive has suspended Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the Volunteers’ first eight conference games as punishment for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

Slive sent a letter Thursday that informed Pearl he is prohibited from participating in practices, meetings and any other activities on Tennessee’s SEC game days between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5.

“The suspension from coaching duties has been imposed after a careful review of the facts established during the NCAA’s investigation and reported to the SEC office,” Slive said Friday in a statement. “I am extremely disappointed in the nature of the violations involving Coach Pearl and the Tennessee men’s basketball program.

“The penalty applied to this circumstance is significant, which is consistent with the directive approved by the SEC membership in 2010 granting the commissioner authority to act in such cases.”

Tennessee said associate head coach Tony Jones would lead the Vols in Pearl’s absence.

Courtesy of ESPN

This is SEC commissioner Mike Slive laying down the law. You don’t host BBQ’s with recruits, you don’t lie about pictures of yourself with those recruits at the BBQ’s, and you don’t walk around barechested painted orange.

"I don't care about your stinkin' suspension. I'm barechested and all painted up."

The ninth game on Tennessee’s SEC schedule happens to be at Kentucky on February 8. Also, in a strange twist, Pearl will be allowed to coach the Connecticut game on January 21, which is smack dab in the middle of his SEC suspension.

The NCAA has yet to rule on these violations, but I’m sure they’ll drop some kind of hammer, as well. If they really want to punish Pearl, they’ll FREE ENES!