- Scott Powers, Reporter
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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.
Bruce Pearl has apologized to Jimmy Collins for an incident in the 1980s.