Bruce Pearl facing show-cause penalty
Bruce Pearl is facing a multi-year show-cause penalty should the former basketball coach at Tennessee want to return to the college game, ESPN.com reported Tuesday night.
The report cited multiple sources with knowledge of the findings by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. Pearl is expected to face a three-year penalty, according to the report.
Any school wishing to hire a coach under a show-cause penalty must appear before the committee and give its reasons why it wants to hire that coach. If the school plans to hire that coach, it could be subjected to additional penalties from the NCAA.
According to the website, the committee’s report will be announced Wednesday after Tennessee officials saw it Tuesday. The committee also will give one-year show-cause penalties to former UT assistants Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay, the report said.
Pearl admitted he did not disclose all of the players who attended a cookout at his house. Among them was Aaron Craft, who was in high school at the time
The coach initially was docked $1.5 million in salary and given bans of one year in off-campus recruiting and eight games in the SEC. He ultimately was fired March 21.
Pearl currently is contemplating a $500,000 offer to coach the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, where the show-cause ban would not be applied.