Bruce Pearl’s First Con, And The World That Created A Monster (Deadspin Classic)Daniel Libit4/02/12 1:19pmFiled to: College BasketballBruce PearlDeon thomasBruce pearl documentsIllinois Fighting IlliniIowa HawkeyesTennessee VolunteersJimmy collinsDeon thomas documentsNcaaMike Slive1EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOver the weekend, one long-running college basketball feud came to a quiet and friendly conclusion: Jimmy Collins, a former Illinois assistant, finally received an apology from Bruce Pearl, the disgraced former Tennessee coach. As an Iowa assistant in 1989, Pearl had accused Collins of offering money and a Chevy Blazer to a prized recruit. On Friday, according to ESPNChicago.com, Pearl approached Collins in New Orleans, apologized, and explained that "he was young and didn't understand things." Daniel Libit recently revisited the saga for us, unearthing some little-seen documents to tell the story of Pearl's first con. Originally published March 22, 2011.