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Bruce Pearl's dismissal overdue

Updated: March 21, 2011, 5:40 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee is over.

My friends, the University of Tennessee should have acted once Pearl admitted he lied to the NCAA about his role in a barbecue at his house involving a pair of potential recruits. When the school and athletic director Mike Hamilton did not make a move, it left Pearl twisting in the wind.

But Hamilton was also wrong to tell a radio station that his coach may not be back just a few days before the Vols played their opening-round ...

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