Tennessee, coach Bruce Pearl start season under NCAA cloud

Tennessee’s mens basketball team will begin the season under NCAA investigations of violations from head coach Bruce Pearl and his staff.

Though Pearl did eventually come clean to investigators, Center for Law and Sports director Rick Karcher thinks his early lies might mean the NCAA could come down hard on the Vols coach.

via USA Today:

The possibility looms that the NCAA could come down harder on a coach. “I would say (Pearl’s) lying is worse (than Bryant lying),” says Rick Karcher, law professor and director of the center for law and sports for Florida Coastal School of Law. “(Pearl) is a head coach responsible for rules compliance. In Pearl’s case, not only did he lie, he committed intentional rules violations.”