Terrelle Pryor’s escape from the burning building that is the Ohio State football program straight onto an ESPN set is firmly esconced in the long, illustrious history of unintentionally comedic ESPN programming decisions.
But while Pryor was deified by ESPN mere hours after the extra-beneficiary torched future OSU football fortunes, the same can’t be said for another notorious NCAA arsonist: former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Read more…
After his Tennessee Volunteers were destroyed by Michigan in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Charlotte Friday, Vols Coach Bruce Pearl was asked by a reporter if he thought he’d return next season as Tennessee coach considering the NCAA sanctions the school will likely soon face thanks to his egregious NCAA - and ethical - violations.
In response, Pearl said:
I think our program is on very solid footing. We’ve got to go before the committee of infractions in June and it’s going to be difficult.
We made mistakes and we’re going to try to be accountable for those mistakes.
My goal and my desire is to be the basketball coach of Tennessee.
As everyone knows, the first rule of the NCAA is admitting you have a problem. Read more…
Meyer ripped the NCAA from every possible angle, intimating that outlaw coaches have taken over the profession while the coaches who run clean programs are forced to be “politically correct” as they suffer a “competitive disadvantage” in silence.
Meyer also noted that he himself assembled recommendations for NCAA rules enforcement last year and sent out his plan to various college athletics administrators. Recommendations that apparently fell on deaf ears - at least from the NCAA rule enforcement perspective.
Along with the audio from 1070 The Fan below, I’ve transcribed the follow excerpted comments from Meyer’s interview with Dakich below:
Less than a month ago when discussing his future at Tennessee with Seth Davis of CBS Sports, Vols hoops coach Bruce Pearl painted a dire picture of what could ultimately amount to his demise at the school.
Seth Davis of CBS reports today via Twitter that Tennessee hoops coach Bruce Pearl is seriously considering playing “some” of the players who were arrested on drugs, alcohol and weapons charges yesterday as early as the team’s next game on Wednesday:
No matter what Bruce Pearl does in his coaching career, to me he’s always going to be the guy who, as an administrative assistant to Tom Davis at Boston College, once wore the Eagles mascot costume during a game. That says all you need to know about Brucie — he’ll don any persona, no matter how unusual or degrading, in order to get ahead.
That includes Catskills insult comic, apparently. Appearing at a TVA charity fundraiser on Thursday morning, the Tennessee men’s basketball coach made a comment so inappropriate that it set off the auditorium’s automatic sprinkler system. At least that’s what I heard. Bruce, Bruce, Bruce. When will you learn? (Answer unclear). Read more…
Two years ago, it was pretty good to be Ramar Smith. He was an all-SEC freshman who helped lead Tennessee to the Sweet 16, averaging nearly 11 points per game for the season. But then it all went wrong. Smith’s role diminished as a sophomore, then he was kicked off the team following the season for violating a variety of rules, including the school’s substance-abuse policy.
So, did Smith get past whatever problems cost him his college career? Well, it’s looking like the answer is a pretty resounding “no.” Smith was arrested early on Thursday for his participation in a home invasion on Monday. Seems that he and another man went to an apartment to buy some pot, and decided it would be a good idea to steal some guns and cash (and, oh yeah, the drugs too). Apparently, Smith’s attempts to break back into basketball in Poland and Germany weren’t working out too well.