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.