Vols hope to focus on hoops during NIT Tip-Off

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) - Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will gladly focus on
basketball this week after getting hit with SEC sanctions for
violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

The No. 24 Volunteers play in the semifinals of the NIT Season
Tip-off against Virginia Commonwealth at Madison Square Garden on
Wednesday night.

The other semifinal features No. 7 Villanova against UCLA.

Pearl said Tuesday that he takes responsibility for the
violations, which included excessive phone calls to recruits and
inviting recruits and their families to his home for a team cookout
that he knew would be against NCAA rules.

The school already had imposed sanctions when SEC commissioner
Mike Slive suspended Pearl last Friday for the first eight
conference games. The NCAA could still impose additional penalties.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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