Bruce Pearl's First Con: The Scandal That Defined Auburn's New Coach

Auburn has hired ESPN analyst Bruce Pearl, the man who spent his coaching career either narcing on behalf of the NCAA's rules or making a paper hat out of them, to be its future former basketball coach. In 2011, shortly after Pearl had bombed out of Tennessee with a three-year show-cause penalty to his name, Daniel… »3/18/14 2:14pm3/18/14 2:14pm

Bruce Pearl’s First Con, And The World That Created A Monster (Deadspin Classic)

Over 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… »4/02/12 1:19pm4/02/12 1:19pm

Recruit Says Bruce Pearl Sent A Beautiful Girl To Tell Him To Attend Tennessee

Small forward Jordan Adams is one of the many prospects out of Oak Hill Academy, and ESPN has him ranked as the 50th best recruit in the nation. He's going to UCLA in the fall, but they weren't the only ones who were interested: Bruce Pearl, while still at Tennessee, apparently called in the services of one of his top… »12/22/11 4:25pm12/22/11 4:25pm

Bruce Pearl Hosts BBQ To Address NCAA Sanctions For BBQ He Once Hosted

On Wednesday, the NCAA announced that it would penalize former Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl with a three-year show-cause penalty. The decision, which effectively shuts him out of a college coaching job for three years, is a result of infractions Pearl committed during his tenure at UT, which included… »8/26/11 11:30am8/26/11 11:30am

Bruce Pearl's First Con, And The World That Created A Monster

The first time I met Jimmy Collins was in 2004. I was working on a profile of UW-Milwaukee's ascendant basketball coach Bruce Pearl and had come to Chicago to get the other side of the story. Collins was coaching at the University of Illinois-Chicago, but by that point he was much better known as Pearl's foil, a sort… »3/22/11 4:10pm3/22/11 4:10pm