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Bruce Pearl’s Termination Letter

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Bruce Pearl

While it’s being reported that Bruce Pearl will be coaching the 2010/11 season without a contract, and to inform him of their decision, the University of Tennessee’s athletic department drafted a termination letter for Pearl, and it’s a pretty damning piece.

It’s clear to his superiors that Pearl knowingly committed various violations by inviting recruits to his home, while trying to initiate a cover-up of the his activities. The letter (PDF), written by Mike Hamilton, Tennessee’s AD, takes Pearl to task in such a manner, it’s honestly surprising he’s still the coach of the basketball team:

On September 20, 2008, you knowingly violated NCAA rules by hosting, at your house during a team cookout, three prospective students-athletes making unofficial visits and their families. At your house, you admitted to the unofficial visitors and their families that their presence at your house was a violation of the NCAA rules…


Your conduct failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the men’s basketball program and conveyed the wrong message to prospective a student-athlete and his family about your stance…

There’s more:

Prior to and after your interview on June 14, you interfered with and failed to protect the integrity of the NCAA’s investigation by calling the father of the prospective-student athlete who had been at your home… At the very least, your calls to the father created the appearance that you were trying to influence the father’s statements to the NCAA.

Still going:

During your June 14 NCAA interview, the NCAA enforcement staff showed you a photograph off you and a prospective student-athlete in the kitchen in your home and you were asked whether you recognized where the photograph was taken. You specifically denied that the photograph was taken at your home, which is false and misleading because you subsequently admitted to the NCAA (on August 5) and to Chancellor Cheek and me (on multiple occasions, including September 7) that you knew the photograph had been taken in your home.

They are on a serious roll:

Based on the facts described above, Chancellor Cheek and I have determined that you engaged in gross misconduct, including dishonesty and other acts involving intolerable behavior. As a result, the University is terminating your Employment Agreement for Adequate Cause… The effective date of the termination of your Employment Agreement is October 8, 2010 (“Effective Date”). On the Effective Date, you will become an employee at-will with no definite term of employment and will remain an employee at-will until the University enters into a new employment agreement with you.

So yeah, why did Tennessee retain Pearl again? Sure, he’s had success in Knoxville, but the letter is incredibly damning. So much so, in fact, if Pearl were to be fired, it’s hard seeing him getting another college coaching job for the foreseeable future. All things considered, Pearl should be counting his blessings. It would also be wise for Pearl to keep his nose completely clean, unless, of course, he’s actively trying to get fired.

Lane Kiffin Moshes With Jonathan Crompton

Oh yes, there’s no escaping the excitement when the Tennessee Volunteers beat the Vanderbilt Commodores, especially if your name is Lane Kiffin and you have the inconsistent Jonathan Crompton as your quarterback. Not knowing which Crompton will show up is what makes these wins so exciting, evidently, especially when the good Crompton appears. You never know, Kiffin could be excited because he found out the charges against Janzen Jackson would be dropped.

Next up for the Volunteers is another chance to get excited when they face the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday. Tennessee hasn’t lost to the Wildcats since 1984 and the winner will tie the Georgia Bulldogs for second place in the SEC East with a 4-4 record.

If good Crompton makes the trip, the Volunteers will have every opportunity to continue their celebratory moshing. But first, they’ll have to get past Randall Cobb and the chip of recruiting snubs he’s carrying on his shoulder. Cobb played his high school football in the shadow of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium and was not recruited by the Volunteers, a decision that looks like a big mistake (Cobb is among the league-leaders in touchdowns [non-throwing] and all-purpose yards).

Pearlz N The Hood

Bruce Pearl

Bruce Pearl gets mad love in the hood, as well as the state of Tennessee. Although, that love apparently dries out when Pearl is making jokes about a group of people known for white robes and hoods; a group founded in Tennessee. What happened was Pearl was talking about who difficult it can be to mesh the different personalities on his team because his players are from different areas. Some are from inner-city area — the hood — while others are from rural areas, or, places that have people who wear hoods. Now, to me, this is a harmless way of saying his team is diverse in a racial sense and getting these players to bond in a team chemistry environment isn’t necessarily easy.

However, because Pearl used the word “hood,” the content of his message has been completely disregarded.

After the jump including the video of Pearl >>

Lane Kiffin’s Kind Eyes Won’t Save Him

I’m digging the idea of Lane Kiffin using a coach’s puppy dog eyes look to convince people to change banking preferences. I’m guessing these are the same eyes that helped him land someone of Layla’s stature. Unfortunately, I don’t think that kind of sad, “trust me” look is going to help much against the Florida Gators tomorrow afternoon. While Florida coach Urban Meyer says the offseason kerfuffle with Kiffin and Tennessee is in the past, one wonders if Tim Tebow and Brandon Spike, et al, feel the same way.

The line makers, who have installed Tennessee as a 29.5-point underdog, don’t think much of the Volunteers’ chances.

Granted, the SEC’s version of UT has the defensive talent — led by Eric Berry — to make the Florida/Tennessee game a respectable one. Tennessee’s offense, on the other hand, does not. If Jonathan Crompton repeats the performance he had against UCLA, being put up for sale might be the least of his worries. He might have to deal with being relegated to the bench.

For Sale: Jonathan Crompton

Fans can be a brutal bunch, especially if you fail in spectacular fashion in front of 100,000-plus people. If you are quarterback of a SEC powerhouse school, provided you are winning, you can overcome just about any social obstacle, whether it’s self-inflicted or otherwise. If, however, your team loses and you play a direct part in said loss, fans can turn on you as if you’ve walked into their house, slapped their mother, de-virginized their sister, crapped on the floor and kicked their dog.

Just ask Tennessee Volunteers quarterback, Jonathan Crompton.

How much would you pay for Jonathan Crompton? After the jump >>

Tennessee Volunteers Keep On Swinging

Eric Berry

Following Lane Kiffin’s “we’re creating interest” lead, the Tennessee Volunteers haven’t been shy with the self/team-promotion as we get closer and closer to college football season. Whether it’s promoting safety Eric Berry for the Heisman with billboards, or posing with orange Lamborghinis for the upcoming team poster, the Volunteers have it covered.

Volunteers and exotic cars after the jump >>

The Josh Selby Hubbub

So a stud basketball player decommits from a team he pledged his eligibility to when he was 16 and reopens the recruiting process. All-in-all, it’s just another day in the world of college basketball recruiting, where the fates of millionaire coaches are decided by the whims of athletically-gifted children. Why is it, then, when John Calipari’s name is mentioned, everybody assumes there’s something underhanded going on?

More on the Josh Selby fallout after the jump >>

Bruce Pearl is No Longer Available

Bruce Pearl
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Sorry ladies, but it looks like one of the more charismatic coaches in America is no longer a bachelor. That’s right, Bruce “Boat Trip” Pearl announced his engagement to Brandy Miller, the lady who appeared with Pearl in our infamous “Ladies Love Bruce Pearl” post. While most of us thought the lady in the image in question was just another Pearl conquest, apparently, the Tennessee coach had other plans.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is the end of all the “I Want to Date Layla Kiffin” fun.