BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Southeastern Conference Commissioner
Mike Slive says it was difficult to watch longtime acquaintance
Bruce Pearl get fired as Tennessee's men's basketball coach.
Slive said Monday he had "very different conversations" with
Pearl before and after the coach's firing on March 21, more than
six months after Tennessee revealed the coach was facing an
unethical conduct charge from the NCAA for lying during a
The commissioner spoke at the regional meeting of the Associated
Press Sports Editors.
Slive wouldn't address the ongoing investigation at Tennessee.
Asked about the NCAA's investigation into the recruitment of
former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Slive says he has not heard
anything indicating that the governing body has closed the case.
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