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Tennessee fires Bruce Pearl

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the decision

says Tennessee has fired Bruce Pearl after a season that saw the

coach charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA

investigators during a probe into recruiting.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the

university has not announced the firing.

In six seasons, the 51-year-old Pearl led the Volunteers to

their first No. 1 ranking and first NCAA tournament regional finals

appearance, missing out on a trip to the 2010 Final Four by a

single point.

Pearl acknowledged in a tearful press conference on Sept. 10

that he had given investigators false information when asked about

a cookout at his home attended by high school juniors. The NCAA has

since charged the Tennessee basketball and football programs with a

dozen violations.

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