Bruce Pearl may never coach in college basketball again and, in an interview on Friday, said he believed the NCAA was making an example out of him. In response to Pearl hosting a recruit at a barbeque at his own home and then lying about it to the NCAA when they investigated, they passed a three-year show-cause penalty down onto him.
A show-cause penalty is the same thing that Kelvin Sampson received when he continuously broke NCAA recruiting rules at both Oklahoma and Indiana. It basically means that Bruce Pearl is not allowed to recruit any players for three years and, if a team wants to hire him, they have to speak directly to the NCAA about why they are hiring him. If a school does hire Pearl, the penalty extends to that school.
This means Bruce Pearl is persona-non-grata for any school that wants to compete in the NCAA.
”These mistakes that were made were made by myself, and I take full responsibility for them,” Pearl said. ”I’m trying to do the very best I can to lead through this adversity, to be an example of what happens when you’re not forthcoming, when you don’t tell the truth all of the time and be acceptable of the consequences.”
Pearl also had some criticisms of the NCAA at the same time. He said the process of handing down punishment takes too long (it has been almost a full year since this started), the NCAA rule book is “too big” and he believes the NCAA does not give anyone credit for being honest and admitting to their mistakes.
”In my case, I believe I should have been given more credit for coming forward and telling the truth,” he said. ”I think I was given little credit for doing that. I would like to see the ability for coaches to be able to come forward in these situations and get the record straight, but obviously the damage that was done was too great.”
He also said he was charged with a major violation when he accidentally crossed paths with a recruit after the investigation began. He said that if the NCAA passes down major violations for accidents that can’t be avoided, it makes the NCAA lose credibility when dealing with real major violations.
The interesting downfall of this entire incident will come when the NCAA decides what to do to Ohio State and Miami. Surely, if Brice Pearl is given a show-cause penalty for his sins, those programs will have to receive sanctions proportionate to their crimes.
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