Pearl: NCAA made him example to other coaches

By BETH RUCKER | August 25, 2011 | 1:50 PM EDT

FILE - This March 18, 2011 file photo shows Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl during a college basketball game against Michigan, in Charlotte, N.C. People familiar with the situation say the NCAA is hitting former coach Pearl with a multiyear show-cause penalty, but the Volunteers program will not face additional sanctions beyond what it self-imposed in response to charges of 12 major violations. The show-cause penalty means any school wanting to hire him must go before the NCAA to explain why and could face penalties. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bruce Pearl says he knows he is serving as the NCAA's example to other coaches of what not to do when facing investigation.

The former Tennessee basketball coach said Thursday he is glad Tennessee was not further punished for what he and his assistants did and he takes full responsibility for his mistakes.

But Pearl says he is disappointed in the length of his penalty and feels he should have gotten more credit for ultimately admitting he had lied.

The NCAA slapped Pearl with a three-year show-cause penalty. The move makes it harder for Pearl to get another college job because he is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years, and any school wanting to hire him would have to talk to the NCAA about removing that penalty.