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Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 3:42 pm
Posted by Matt Jones


At halftime of yesterday's Kentucky-Louisville game, CBS's Seth Davis sat down with Bruce Pearl to talk about the NCAA investigation that is swirling around the Tennessee program.  Pearl has admitted to the NCAA that he gave false information when confronted with evidence of a relatively minor rules violation committed by he and his staff during a recruiting visit.  Seth confronted Pearl about the issues and asked how he would respond to viewers who believed that he was a liar.  His answer, which can be seen above in the video, in many ways makes him look even worse than he did before the question.

Pearl responded with a classic Bill Clinton "it depends on what the definition of 'is' is" answer and attempted to draw a distinction between not telling the truth and being a liar.  It came off to me as totally disingenuous, and I am actually a huge Bruce Pearl fan.  Rather than just totally accepting responsiblity and acknowledging that his actions were totally unacceptable, Pearl still tries to hold out some hope that his actions can be looked at differently, and detached from the actual Bruce Pearl.  With Bruce, and anyone else for that matter, that is impossible.

The fact is Bruce, based on your actions with the NCAA, you were a liar.  It is up to you to show that you are not a liar going forward.  Drawing distinctions between Bruce Pearl the individual and Bruce Pearl's actions does nothing to change that reality.
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:38 am

Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2011 2:33 pm

Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

CBP gained no advantage in anyway for his bb team and i think this should be considered before leveling a very harsh and unpresetented punishment. He is UT basketball and to suspend for 1-2 years would be akin to a SMU penaltyPlease keep this in perspective and all those self-righteous suggesting such harsh treatment get off your moral high horse and weigh in all the charitable work in the community he has provided.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:26 am

Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

oh my god.  this is so hilarious coming from a ky fan.  you have calipari dude.  someone who has skirted major violations at several schools.  oh my god, i'm still laughing.  ky shame.


Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:14 pm

Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

Good article Matt.  How sad that a coach with Pearl's ability could get his program in such hot water over such a minor thing.  A cookout which was attended by recruits who had already committed, really?  If he was dumb enough to have the cookout and invite those kids, which he knew was a minor violation, why didn't he just admit it and go on?  Likely perceived as a minor oversight by NCAA and probably
nothing becomes of it.  Instead, he lied and told others to lie and it snowballed.  Now this.  Pearl needs to be made an example of over this mess - not the school and not the kids.  It's obviously been a major distraction for the team.  Just hope the UT bball program doesn't suffer too much.  A lesson for all here.   

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2011 1:46 pm

Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

What boils my blood more than anything else in that piece is the fact that he asked the recruits to "just not say anything about it"... it being a known violation.  Whether it was a minor violation or not, Pearl, the father-figure for these 17/18 year old kids who are just learning about how to be a man, is showing these kids how to play by their own rules, not by the rules of their governing body.  If for no other reason, the NCAA should kick him out of coaching for setting such a dismal example to his future players.

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2011 3:22 am

Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

Hey Matt,

I think CBS cut the section of the interview that you are talking about. Nowhere in the youtube clip that you posted does that question come up.

You think CBS knows that it makes Pearl look bad? Do you think they are trying to help him out? I know they sign your paychecks, but it they knowingly edited the most important part of that interview, then there is something majorly wrong here.

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 8:31 pm

Bruce Pearl doesn't put best foot forward

Just another example of the lack of institutional control at Tennessee.  They are an embarassment to the SEC in every way possible.

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