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SEC Suspends Bruce Pearl

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive has suspended Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the Volunteers' first eight conference games as punishment for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

Slive sent a letter Thursday that informed Pearl he is prohibited from participating in practices, meetings and any activities related to games between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5.

Pearl acknowledged in September that he mislead investigators about photos taken of him and recruit Aaron Craft, when Pearl improperly hosted the prospect at his home in 2008. Tennessee also revealed Pearl and his staff made excessive calls to recruits.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton in September docked Pearl's pay by $1.5 million over five years and banned him from participating in off-campus recruiting for a year.