Pearl deserves some slack?? Why? He's well known as a liar and opportunist from way back. Let us not forget that Bruce Pearl, as an assistant to Tom Davis at Iowa, illegally recorded a phone conversation of a player, Dion Thomas, both Iowa and Illinois were recruiting, talked jive to him for an hour, then turned the tape over to the NCAA in a futile attempt to have Illinois sanctioned by the NCAA. He worked in conjunction with Bob Knight, Digger Phelps and Gene Keady. One of Keady's star recruit at the time, Cuonzo Martin, later admitted to lying to the NCAA's investigative committee regarding his recruitment by Illinois, at the behest of Keady. Point? Pearl has been a cheater since he entered the coaching realm and has been involved with the best cheaters of all. Pearl knows full well the gangsters he recruits are just that and they show it by their actions and their words. Pearl couldn't care less except for the fact it may jeapordize his job, but Tennessee has shown no inclination to rid the university of what is becoming a rule rather than exception. If he keeps winning, they'll keep him without any qualms.