ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting that former Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl will receive a multiple-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA’s committee on infractions. His three former assistants, Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay, will all receive one-year show-cause penalties. Pearl and his staff went before the infractions committee on June 11th. The NCAA called Pearl and the others to alert them that a news release would come out on Wednesday.
What is a “show-cause penalty”? Glad you asked. According to Wikipedia, it’s an “order saying that a coach involved in major rules violations at a university’s athletic program may not be hired by any other NCAA member institutions without permission from the Infractions Committee for a set period of time.” Further: “If a university seeks to hire such a coach, they must ‘show cause’ as to why they should not be penalized for hiring him. Most schools will not even consider hiring a coach with a show-cause penalty in effect; hence the show-cause order effectively blacklists him from the collegiate coaching ranks for the duration of the penalty, and many coaches who are given such a penalty never coach again, even after the expiration of the penalty. The penalty is intended to follow a coach for violations that he had a role in committing.”
Notable coaches who have received the show-cause penalty in the past include: Todd Bozeman, Clem Haskins, Dave Bliss, and Kelvin Sampson. It is one of the NCAA’s harshest penalties.