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Former Hawk Assistant Pearl to carry baggage to next NCAA job

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Hiring Bruce Pearl to coach a basketball team just got harder and messier for a school.

The NCAA announced Wednesday it had hit the former Tennessee men's basketball coach with a three-year show-cause penalty. What the ruling means is that before Pearl can be hired, a school must tell the NCAA why it wants him and be prepared to face its own penalties for giving him a job.

Former Pearl assistants Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes face the same sanctions, except they were only given one-year penalties.

The sanctions do not include further penalties against Tennessee beyond those self-imposed in response to the investigation. The NCAA concluded that violations committed by former Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin, though troubling, were minor in nature and did not warrant punishment.

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