KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bruce Pearl says he knows he is serving as the NCAA's example to other coaches of what not to do when facing investigation.
The former Tennessee basketball coach said Thursday he is glad Tennessee was not further punished for what he and his assistants did and he takes full responsibility for his mistakes.
But Pearl says he is disappointed in the length of his penalty and feels he should have gotten more credit for ultimately admitting he had lied.
The NCAA slapped Pearl with a three-year show-cause penalty. The move makes it harder for Pearl to get another college job because he is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years, and any school wanting to hire him would have to talk to the NCAA about removing that penalty.