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Slive said he nor any member representing the SEC tried to influence UT’s decision to ultimately fire Pearl.
“The employment relationship of a coach and athletic administrator is in the sole purview of the institution,” he said. “It is not something that a conference has any authority over or gets involved in.”
[Slive] ... said he had “two very different conversations” with the former UT men’s basketball coach before and after his March dismissal. Asked if he still had a good relationship with Pearl, Slive smiled.
“Mine is,” Slive said.