Auburn will not appeal Pearl's show-cause penalty - WRBL

Auburn will not appeal Pearl's show-cause penalty

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AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn University athletics director Jay Jacobs will not appeal new men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl's NCAA show-cause penalty.

The announcement came in a statement from the university.

"I felt strongly that not appealing the show-cause order was the right thing to do, and Coach Pearl wholeheartedly agreed we should not contest it," Jacobs said in the statement. "When I decided to hire Coach Pearl, I was well aware of these restrictions and their ramifications. Coach Pearl and I both respect the process and we will fully honor the show-cause until it expires in August."

Under the penalties of the show-cause, Pearl can have no contact with potential recruits until Aug. 24 of this year.

"When I received my show-cause penalty from the NCAA in August 2011, I chose then not to appeal as it would lessen my position of accountability," Pearl said. "Auburn University, the SEC and the NCAA have given me an opportunity to return to coaching before my show-cause ends and I am grateful. I have confidence in our coaching staff’s ability to present Auburn University and its men’s basketball program until my show-cause ends August 24, 2014."

Pearl's restrictions came in 2011 after it was discovered he lied to NCAA investigators about hosting three recruits at his home for a cookout while at Tennessee.

Jonathan Huskey

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