Jimmy Collins said he received an apology from Bruce Pearl in New Orleans on Friday dating back to when Pearl accused Collins in the late 1980s of offering money to a high school basketball recruit while Collins was an Illinois assistant.
Collins and Pearl, then an Iowa assistant, were both recruiting Deon Thomas, a highly-touted player out of Chicago. Pearl accused Collins of offering Thomas money and a car. Pearl secretly taped a conversation he had with Thomas and handed it over to the NCAA. Collins was cleared of the charges.