KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has fired Bruce Pearl after a season that saw the coach charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators during a probe into recruiting.
In a statement released late Monday night, athletics director Mike Hamilton said Tennessee officials made the decision to relieve Pearl of his duties after additional learning about "additional violations committed on September 14 and in March 2011" by the staff.
Tennessee has agreed to pay Pearl $948,728 worth of salary and benefits as part of his dismissal agreement.
Pearl acknowledged earlier in the day on his Facebook page that he had been fired.
Pearl had been accused of unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators relative to recruiting. Pearl acknowledged last September he had given investigators false information.
Pearl was banned from off-campus recruiting for a year, his salary cut, and voided. The SEC suspended him for 8 SEC games during the regular season. Following Tennessee's loss to Michigan in the NCAA tournament last Friday, Pearl said he wanted to ride out the storm in hopes of keeping his job.
Houston Fancher has been named the interim head coach.
In six seasons, the 51-year-old Pearl led the Volunteers to their first No. 1 ranking and first NCAA tournament regional finals appearance, missing out on a trip to the 2010 Final Four by a single point.
Pearl acknowledged in a tearful press conference on September 10 that he had given investigators false information when asked about a cookout at his home attended by high school juniors.
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