Tennessee Volunteers coach Bruce Pearl cited by NCAA for unethical conduct


The University of yesterday received a Notice of Allegations from the regarding the school’s men’s basketball and programs.

This Notice results from a 22-month investigation by the and the University of in response to reports of alleged violations reported by the University and from external sources. The University and its Athletics Department have cooperated fully with the in this matter, and the receipt of the Notice of Allegations signifies the end of the initial review and fact-finding period.

While an examination into potential rules violations by the University of baseball program was referenced in the initial Letter of Inquiry from the NCAA, there are no alleged violations by the baseball program listed in this Notice.

The Notice contains the following allegations of violation of rules against the men’s basketball program:

  • Impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes resulting from a cumulative total of 96 impermissible phone calls over a 24-month period (Aug. 1, 2007 through July 29, 2009).
  • By the head men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl: impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes during an unofficial visit, acting contrary to the principles of ethical conduct, failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of all assistant coaches within the men’s basketball program.
  • By the head men’s basketball coach and associate head coach: impermissible contact with a prospective student-athlete at his high school.
  • By the three members of the men’s basketball assistant coaching staff: failure to furnish full and complete information relevant to the investigation.

contacts with prospective student-athletes and their relatives in order to ensure compliance with telephone contact legislation (from Aug. 1, 2007 – July 29, 2009).

The University has a deadline of May 21, 2011 to formulate and submit a response to this Notice of Allegations to the NCAA. It is anticipated that the University’s appearance before the Committee on Infractions will be during the committee’s meeting on June 10-11, 2011.

Because the University and Athletic Department are now in the response phase of this process, there will be no further public comments regarding this matter by any University official until this process is complete.

NCAA Letter to Chancellor Jimmy Cheek Get Acrobat Reader 
NCAA Notice of Allegations Get Acrobat Reader 
Statement from Chancellor Jimmy Cheek Get Acrobat Reader 
Statement from Athletics Director Mike Hamilton Get Acrobat Reader 
Statement from Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl Get Acrobat Reader