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Auburn will not appeal Bruce Pearl’s show-cause penalty

Apr 22, 2014, 2:43 PM EST

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Auburn made one of the biggest splashes of this year’s coaching carousel last month when they hired ex-Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl.

Pearl is an excellent coach, taking Tennessee to a No. 1 ranking and within a possession of the Final Four, but his success was cut short when he was given a three-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA for lying about the infamous 2008 barbecue he hosted at his house.

That show-cause penalty runs out on August 24th, meaning that in order for Pearl to be able to be on the road recruiting during the all-important April and July live periods, he would have to file an appeal with the NCAA.

On Tuesday, the school announced that they would not be filing said appeal.

“I felt strongly that not appealing the show-cause order was the right thing to do, and coach Pearl wholeheartedly agreed we should not contest it,” Tigers AD Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “When I decided to hire coach Pearl, I was well aware of these restrictions and their ramifications. Coach Pearl and I both respect the process and we will fully honor the show-cause until it expires in August.”

“When I received my show-cause penalty from the NCAA in August 2011, I chose then not to appeal as it would lessen my position of accountability,” Pearl added. “Auburn University, the SEC and the NCAA have given me an opportunity to return to coaching before my show-cause ends and I am grateful. I have confidence in our coaching staff’s ability to present Auburn University and its men’s basketball program until my show-cause ends.”

Pearl told SI.com earlier this month that he’s relying on his assistant coaches and his track record as a head coach to do the recruiting for him. His staff has already earned a commitment from highly-rated JuCo transfer Cinmeon Bowers and is one of the final schools on the list for Marshall transfer Kareem Canty. When a prospect is on an official visit, Pearl said he won’t even visit the basketball building.

“Let’s say my phone rings and it’s an AAU coach,” Pearl told SI, “and I’ve got hundreds of them in my phone. A lot of them have called and said hey, congratulations, welcome back. Within the first 10-15 seconds I’m letting them all know that I appreciate their call and their best wishes, but I can’t talk to then until Aug. 24. Talk to [Chuck] Person, talk to [Tony] Jones.”

  1. cranespy - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Terrible hire…..Auburn will rue the day they went out on the limb for this shmuck…..Brucie has a bit of a nasty temper….go back and review the tapes of his studio bantering with Seth G……he can’t stand it when you don’t agree with him or expose him in any way……as Seth often did…..on multiple occasions you could see Bruces jaw set as he leaned forward to argue a point…..eyes blazing …. check it out will see….this guy has anger issues.

    Perhaps the best warning about Bruce and his char-characteristic penchant for dishonesty is when he revealed in The SI feature about him years ago….is he black, is he Jewish….according to Bruce he will be whatever the recruits parents need him to be!

  2. ebrownwareagle - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I’ll take a HOT HEADED WINNER than a MILD MANNERED LOSER ANYDAY!

    WAR DAMN EAGLE

  3. photog645 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Auburn will NOT regret hiring Bruce! Give him a chance and he will build you a nationally ranked winning basketball team . . .

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