April 22, 2014
Bruce Pearl and Auburn standing by NCAA's decision (Zach Bland photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn will not appeal the NCAA's show-cause order that prevents new basketball coach Bruce Pearl from recruiting until Aug. 24, Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said Tuesday.
"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 a 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."
The NCAA placed restrictions on Pearl in 2011 following a violation when he was the coach at Tennessee.
"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."
Auburn hired Pearl on March 18th. Pearl has his coaching staff in place, all of whom can recruit.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine