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Bruce Pearl acknowledges he misled NCAA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce

Pearl has acknowledged providing misleading and incorrect

information to the NCAA during a 17-month investigation into

possible recruiting violations.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton is reducing Pearl's

pay by $1.5 million over five years and prohibiting him from

participating in off-campus recruiting for one year.

Hamilton said Friday that Pearl provided the information while

being interviewed in June about allegations of excessive phone

calls made to recruits. Pearl notified officials three weeks later

that he had provided the incorrect information.

The university received a letter from the NCAA on Friday,

notifying the Volunteers of an official investigation into the

entire athletic department, including possible recruiting

violations under former football coach Lane Kiffin.

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