UT is just waiting to have just cause to fire him. They do not want to end up in an expensive court case like Ohio State did for dimissing a coach to early. The major issues are directed at Pearl and the penalties will be directed at Pearl. UT will get hit, but not hard as some people expect. The actual violations were not that bad. The worst issues are tied to Pearl's lying. If he had just lied, he might have been able to get off easy. No he tried to cover it up first and then came clean when he knew he was nailed. Most Orange blinded fans forget that. He lied to the NCAA, then called the recruits and their parents to have them try and cover up for him, and then he came clean when he knew he would be caught. Sorry - that does not fly. The best that he can hope for is a one year ban. Which means Hamilton will keep him, if Hamilton keeps his job. As a UT grad, I love Pearl as a coach. However, I no longer support him because I cannot support anyone who would ask a kid and his parents to lie for him.
Agreed. But the larger problem seems to be Hamilton. Like USC and Garrett, he seems to communicate (albeit unintentionally) that his priority remains UT's balance sheet rather than compliance. If the NCAA decides that a lax compliance structure on the men's side has become sort of standard -- and Pearl and Kiffin both seemed to flaunt the rules as much as break them -- then they HAVE to hand out serious penalties. Maybe they get some back on appeal with a new regime. I think the USC appeal will be telling on that front.
I know that all this has happened under Hamilton's watch, but please tell me HOW Hamilton is the number one problem?? Did he lie to the NCAA? How could he have kept Pearl from telling a lie? Saying that Hamilton is the problem is just an easy way out. That way everyone can have someone to blame. By no means should we blame the coach who actually lied!! LOL!
Maybe Hamilton should go down with Pearl. But let's not forget who, by his own actions, created the problem here.
Yes, with a short-term focus. Just like Wall Street and the quarterly earnings reports. We have an entire generation of business managers in this country who can't look past their own nose.
I think Athletic Departments need to hire a business manager who reports to the AD and junk this CEO model. I have nothing against CEOs - but while college athletics have become HUGE business, they are MORE than a business. I honestly don't think Hamilton gets that.
I will not argue that Mike Hamilton is an major issue. He has plainly stated that dollars are the only judge of a coach. If the coach wins, puts buts in seats, and sells enough hot dogs and popcorn, then Hamilton turns a blind eye to what happens behind the scene. That is coming back to hurt us. Of course remember - his #1 job is to raise money and make sure that the A.Dept is profitable. Something that he has done extremely well up to this point.