At a Sept. 10, 2010, press conference in which he admitted to lying to NCAA investigators about possible rules violations by the Tennessee basketball program, a teary-eyed Bruce Pearl said:
“I hold the University of Tennessee, its students, faculty, staff and our fans in the highest regard and the highest esteem.
“I’ve made some serious mistakes and for that I’m truly sorry. I’ve learned some invaluable lessons
“I’ve put my heart and soul into this program, and I will not let you down again.”
Today the NCAA released its official notice of allegations to the University of Tennessee and the public.
Buried in the laundry list of alleged violations perpetrated by Pearl and his staff, the NCAA noted the following:
It is alleged that on or about September 14, 2010, head men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and associate men’s head basketball coach Tony Jones made an in-person, off-campus contact with prospective student-athlete Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, Georgia) during Adams’ junior year in high school.
NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states: “Off-campus recruiting contacts shall not be made with an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school.”
Four days after Pearl apologized for lying to NCAA investigators while tearfully telling Tennessee fans,”I will not let you down again,” he committed what is a clear NCAA violation.
There seems to be a pattern developing here.