Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl acknowledged publicly Friday he gave misleading and incorrect information to the NCAA about possible violations during a 17-month investigation of his program.

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Tennessee reduces coach’s pay by $1.5 million over five years: Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl acknowledged publicly Friday he gave misleading and incorrect information to the NCAA about possible violations during a 17-month investigation of his program.

“People make mistakes, and we all make them,” Volunteers athletic director Mike Hamilton said. “I’ve made them. I’ve made plenty.”

Hamilton anticipates the NCAA to levy unethical-conduct charges against Pearl and his staff, and as a pre-emptive punishment is reducing Pearl’s pay by $1.5 million over five years and prohibiting him from participating in off-campus recruiting for a year beginning Sept. 24.

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Pearl provided false information to the NCAA while being interviewed in June about allegations of excessive phone calls made to recruits. Pearl notified officials three weeks later that he had provided the NCAA incorrect information.

“I’ve made some serious mistakes, and for that I’m truly sorry,” Pearl said tearfully at a news conference.

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