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NCAA comes down hard on Pearl

Any school wanting to hire Bruce Pearl over the next three years must be prepared to face penalties for giving him a job.

Associated Press (2010)

Any school wanting to hire Bruce Pearl over the next three years must be prepared to face penalties for giving him a job.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The NCAA gave former Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl a three-year show-cause penalty on Wednesday.

The show-cause means Pearl is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years and a school would have to convince the NCAA to have that penalty removed if it hired him.

"As these allegations are becoming more and more regular, it's very clear that a head coach is being held responsible for his program," said Britton Banowsky, Conference USA's commissioner and vice chair of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA punished Pearl for lying to investigators about hosting recruits at his home and urging others to do the same. (Former Pearl assistants Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes were given one-year show-cause penalties for their roles in misleading the NCAA.)

Tennessee won't face sanctions beyond those self-imposed for recruiting violations by Pearl and the football program under then-coach Lane Kiffin. It gave itself two years probation and placed recruiting restrictions on current basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and football coach Derek Dooley. Pearl and his staff also were docked pay by the school, and the SEC suspended Pearl for eight games last season.

The NCAA concluded that the recruiting violations committed by Kiffin, who left Tennessee in January 2010 to coach USC, and his staff were minor and did not warrant punishment. They included 16 improper phone calls and impermissible contact between staff interns and recruits. But the committee said it was troubled by the number and nature of the infractions: "From January 2009 through October 2009 the (football) staff committed 12 violations. … Some of the violations received nationwide publicity and brought the football program into public controversy. This is not a record of which to be proud."

Missouri: Athletic director Mike Alden said he stands behind coach Frank Haith — for now. Haith left Miami for Missouri in April. Last week, Yahoo Sports reported a former Miami booster said he paid a recruit $10,000 to attend the school and Haith knew about it. Asked if he supports Haith, Alden said, "We support the NCAA process." The NCAA asked Missouri not to investigate and wait until its own investigation was complete.

Football

Marve to start? Purdue quarterback Rob Henry was diagnosed with a torn right ACL, opening the door for former Plant High star Robert Marve to start. Henry, who was hurt Tuesday, had been listed atop the depth chart. Marve lost the starting job after tearing his left ACL last season. He said he still isn't 100 percent.

Clemson: Coach Dabo Swinney said receiver Joe Craig will return to practice today but could face additional penalties. The freshman was suspended from workouts in June after university police said he fought with a member of the women's track team. No charges were filed.

LSU: Baton Rouge police searched the apartment of starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson in an attempt to locate evidence pertaining to the off-campus fight involving several players that left four people injured. Investigators collected a swab of his DNA and took several brown bags of evidence. A police spokesman said only, "We have gathered enough probable cause to search for information to help either prove or disprove the allegations against Jefferson." Tuesday, police interviewed Jefferson, offensive lineman Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry.

Tennessee: Safety Janzen Jackson was dismissed for undisclosed reasons. The Knoxville News Sentinel and ESPN.com reported he failed multiple failed drug tests.

Texas: Safety Christian Scott was suspended for three games after pleading no contest to a charge of assault following an incident with a woman attempting to repossess his Cadillac.

USC: Marc Tyler, the team's leading rusher last season, practiced for the first time. He was suspended for implying USC pays its players during an interview. He is suspended for the opener.

NCAA comes down hard on Pearl 08/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:12am]

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