Year of the scandal

As the 2010-11 academic year ends, controversies have mired every major NCAA conference.

Updated: May 22, 2011, 2:07 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the May 30, 2011 "Busted" issue of ESPN The Magazine.

"THE NOISE NEVER STOPS." That was Bruce Pearl's beleaguered declaration to a small handful of friends and reporters as he stood in the tunnel of Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, moments before Tennessee's NCAA Tourney opener against Michigan.

His season began with a tearful admission that he had lied to the NCAA about recruiting violations. University-imposed sanctions, a contract ...

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