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So Tennessee Volunteers’ basketball coach Bruce Pearl has seen fit to lie to NCAA investigators concerning recruitment violations and a slew of other actions that may garner the SEC school a number of violations that could well lead to severe actions being meted out by collegiate athletics’ highest governing body. What I find somewhat strange about this all is the mere fact that the conference itself doesn’t monitor the actions of the athletic programs under its tenure. You’d have thought that would be something that the SEC would seek to monitor judiciously ? But instead it is now left in the hands of the NCAA to deal with a matter that at the end of the day the message sent will either be one, where they will punish the school with impunity or merely give them a slap on the wrist.
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Furthermore in the case of Pearl it is highly unlikely that he’ll be punished unless the AD Mike Hamilton chooses to either suspend the coach or if the charges are deemed to serious enough that they will choose to fire him. And given what we tend to know with coaches that have brought about a winning program and esteem to a school we do tend to find that the school will more often than not choose to take a soft approach to the allegations and any punishment that they might seek to mete out.
Courtesy of USA Today
By Tim Gardner & Erick Smith
We knew Bruce Pearl was in hot water over the NCAA probe looking into his Tennessee basketball program.
It appears the coach is aware, too, that more fallout may lie ahead.
Pearl spoke with Luke Winn of SI.com after speaking at a coaching clinic this weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., and his words offer a glimpse into his worries moving forward.
“We did what we felt like we needed to do, to take steps proactively to penalize ourselves. I think the penalties were unprecedented in some scope. But we made mistakes. We provided false and misleading information to the NCAA.
“I should be made an example of, and I am — I’m embarrassed. But I hope that the things we did don’t rise to the level of termination, because we run a clean program. We got investigated in a lot of areas.”
Pearl’s lies to the NCAA came back to bite him in more ways than one. For starters, it brought out this response from Jimmy Collins, a former assistant coach at Illinois whom Pearl turned in to the NCAA nearly 20 years ago.
After that episode, Pearl was knocked by many in the coaching community for his actions.
“As a result of what I went through before, I had a responsibility to run a clean program and do it the right way,” he said to SI.com. “I’ve been doing this for 28 years. And I wished I could’ve not run afoul of the rules my whole career. So obviously, I’m disappointed in myself.”
Tennessee expects to receive a letter of allegations from the NCAA by the end of the year — and Pearl’s future on the sidelines in Knoxville will strongly depend on the severity of the allegations levied.
So, yes, Pearl will be sweating it out for several months. Now the question is will it affect his current Vols team, which should be able to contend with Kentucky and Florida in the SEC East.
Bruce Pearl for his part has yet to issue a public statement as to what the the allegations are about and the impending investigation. Why is it that more often than not when an athlete falls afoul of a transgression they tend to the ones who become a pariah and then the school is punished . But rarely is it that a coach whose failings are questioned when they come to the fore. I mean Pete Carroll flees like a thief in the night from USC when under his watch the most flagrant of violations took place at the school. All of which took place under the alleged watchful eye of then Athletic Director Mike Garrett who would then step down from the position rather than being pushed out the door. Former Trojans’ basketball coach Tim Floyd whose pleading of ignorance when handed over cash to O J Mayo and his subsequent riposte that his actions were above board is was as ludicrous and asinine to say the very least. Clearly there’s something wrong with these coaches and their undoubted self righteous actions.
University of Florida (Gators) football coach Urban Meyer is either that gullible or he knows exactly how rife his team is literally filled with a bunch of violent buffoons. Players on this team have now been arrested and charged with misdemeanors to far more serious allegations ranging from possession of narcotics, DUI, sexual battery , theft and also in amongst that , are allegations of academic fraud. Meyer chooses to placate himself from all of this by stating that he runs a clean program and that his responsibilities is simply being a football coach. Perhaps I’m mistaken but his responsibilities go far beyond that ? After all he goes into the homes of these players to recruit them by speaking to a parent or parents and implores them to send their child the his school , where he assures them that they’ll be able to get a good education. Now we know that much of this is all hogwash as the real reason this is all being done to intensify the prestige and success of the school. Rarely does a coach show any real interest in that of the students under his tenure. I personally would like to know what the graduation rate is amongst the student athlete body of the university?
Prior to the 2010 NCAA Basketball Championships Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated that he’d like to see it where a criteria is set where the teams qualifying for the tournament must have graduation of rate of not less than 48% amongst its student athlete body. Not excessively high but when looked at and measured against the schools who participated in the tournament more than 75% of the schools involved would not have met that the threshold called for by the Education Secretary. If that’s not enough of a shock to most then consider the production line that collegiate athletics has become and the lengths that schools are now going to, merely to have repeated success at whatever cost possible. Collegiate athletics is no longer about the student athlete gaining an education and becoming a model citizen. In essence it is now a multi-billion dollar business where the few reap the rewards and those at the lower rungs of the ladder are left to fend for themselves once they’ve been of service to that establishment.
It is easy to suggest that many of these athletes will profit financially beyond their wildest dreams once they enter into the professional market place of either the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL , it all becomes about how much money that they will be able garner that first initial contract for. But that tends to only happens to those considered to be amongst the elite within their chosen athletic endeavor. And when one considers the tens of millions of dollars that the programs garner and you have to wonder the lengths that the coaches and schools are prepared to go to make sure that there’s continued success and the money keeps rolling in. Unfortunately for the student athletes the resources at their disposal isn’t what you would commonly expect especially when compliance officers , athletic directors and in some cases faculty members choose to turn a blind eye. And yes one could opine to the fact that the student should be responsible for their own actions and that they owe it to the educational establishment to make the best possible of the opportunities made available to them.
The coaches for their part bask in the glory and acclaim while they lead their respective teams to success. Now when I hear the likes of Nick Saban talk about the agents who hover around a school’s program and the fact that they feast off the athletes as if it’s vulture eating off the carcass of a dead animal. I’ve got to ask myself who the hell is Saban kidding and is he actually listening to what he’s saying ? Here’s a guy who simply doesn’t know how to be honest if it were his last day on earth ! One simply has to recall his actions when he was a coach of the Miami Dolphins . When asked at the time whether not it was his intention to remain with the Dolphins after it’d been speculated that he was about to abruptly leave the organization. Saban simply stated to the convened press that he would honor his contract but as well know that wasn’t to be, as he walked away from the team without offering statement to then owner H D Wayne Huizenga .
Jumping back to his old stomping ground Saban has found success with Alabama,having led the team to their most recent national championship and where they’re now heavily favored to repeat again as SEC and national champions. Disingenuous or not clearly, some of the collegiate coaches think that they’re above reproach but I find it somewhat superfluous that the NCAA would always seek to punish only a school when a coach knowingly places that school in a precarious position, whereby they can lose not only scholarships but also to an extent the esteem of the school. If you don’t believe that to be the case then simply look at the fall from grace of USC ? If honesty had been shown by the parties there , who knew full what was going on , then surely what transpired could have have been abated ! Obviously not, because no one there thought that they could be caught and the asinine notion that the school and certain principals were without fault clearly shows how far that school was prepared to go.
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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the allegations concerning Bruce Pearl and that statements attributed to Urban Meyer that he runs a clean football program ? Is he simply being naive or is it because he’s had undoubted success and feels that he can get a free pass ? And in the case of Saban are his actions that of a person whose statements are valid ? If agents as he puts it should be corralled then why not the boosters who surreptitiously do a number of questionable things that the coaches and faculties would tend to turn a blind eye to ? Clearly there’s an argument to be made where their actions can be just as questionable as that of an out of control athlete or agent ? Chime in with a comment as you see fit and thanks once again for the continued support as it’s always appreciated !
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