Bruce Pearl case calls for a suspension

His lie to the NCAA makes it wrong to allow him to coach the Volunteers this season

Originally Published: September 24, 2010
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

I like Bruce Pearl. I like his enthusiasm. I like the fact he doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, the way a lot of big-time coaches do. I like his coaching record at Tennessee, which is 126-46 in five seasons.

But if Pearl coaches college basketball this coming season, the NCAA and the University of Tennessee are officially the biggest jokes in all of sports.

The NCAA hasn't decided what it will do with Pearl, who tearfully admitted at a news conference that he lied to ...

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