Bilas is a chump. Second tier player and second class person. I bet he is OK with Mike Vick playing, but wants Pearl fired. I say shut the hell up.
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas believes Bruce Pearl should have been terminated from his position as Tennessee’s basketball coach.
Bilas pointed to the misleading information Pearl provided to the NCAA during a summer interview about secondary violations committed by him and his staff. Pearl later admitted to the NCAA that he didn’t tell the truth.
Bilas wrote the following:
“We can all agree or disagree, but if I were in charge at Tennessee, I would have dismissed Bruce Pearl. Just on established facts, there is no reasonable justification for his actions and those of his staff. Every coach understands that if he lies to the NCAA in the course of an investigation, he is likely to be fired. And if a player lies to the NCAA, his career is often over. How can we possibly expect it to be different for a coach than a player?”
That’s not necessarily true about the player. Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was suspended by the NCAA last year when he provided misleading information about his relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders. Bryant decided to enter the NFL Draft at the end of the season, but he would have been eligible to return this past September if he had chosen to do so.
Bilas also disagreed with SEC commissioner Mike Slive’s decision to suspend Pearl for the first eight games of SEC play in January. Bilas pointed out that Slive certainly had the power to suspend Pearl, but that it wasn’t the right decision.
“Pearl violated NCAA rules, lied about it and has since admitted it,” Bilas wrote. “But by those same rules, Pearl is entitled to a Notice of Allegations, 90 days to respond, and a hearing. Instead, the SEC hit him with a suspension before a Notice of Allegations was even handed down, short-circuiting and encroaching upon the NCAA process and diminishing the authority of the NCAA.”
How might Slive’s decision affect the NCAA’s ruling on Pearl and Tennessee? That remains unknown, and potential punishment from the NCAA might not come until June.
Some might believe that Bilas is out to get Pearl. That hardly seems to be the case. In his column, which can be read as an ESPN Insider, Bilas points to the outstanding job Pearl has done as UT’s coach.
“There are few that I have seen who are better in preparing a team and breaking down the game,” Bilas wrote. “He is truly a great coach.”