KNOXVILLE — Bruce Pearl says he knows the NCAA made an example out of him, doling out a severe penalty to serve notice to other coaches as to what to expect if they don't cooperate during an investigation.
The former Tennessee coach will find it nearly impossible to land a college job any time soon with the three-year show-cause penalty given to him by the NCAA for lying to the enforcement staff during their investigation into recruiting violations.
Pearl said Thursday it was a "very, very heavy price for the mistakes that we've made," but he doesn't plan to appeal the sanction.
The show-cause penalty prohibits Pearl from recruiting during the next three years.
"These mistakes that were made were made by myself, and I take full responsibility for them," Pearl said. "I'm trying to do the very best I can to lead through this adversity, to be an example of what happens when you're not forthcoming."
Alabama's Lacey eligible
Top Alabama basketball signee Trevor Lacey is eligible to play this season. The school said in a statement Thursday that the NCAA Eligibility Center has cleared the two-time Alabama Mr. Basketball for his freshman season.
Lacey is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard. He led Huntsville's Butler High to three state titles. Rivals.com rates him as a five-star recruit and the nation's 24th-best prospect. He averaged 31.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.6 assists as a senior.