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Bruce Pearl protected by contract

Updated: September 17, 2010, 9:26 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Tennessee cannot terminate coach Bruce Pearl for cause without paying him until there is an NCAA "finding" and, even then, it has to be determined Pearl knowingly engaged in conduct that was a "significant" NCAA violation.

A review of Pearl's contract by an attorney familiar with these types of cases showed the specific termination clauses that protect Pearl despite his admission he misled NCAA investigators while they were pursuing allegations of recruiting violations. The contract ...

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