Haslam Endorses Bruce Pearl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam says University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has been adequately punished for giving misleading information to NCAA investigators.
Pearl endorsed the Knoxville mayor during the primary race, and Haslam’s rivals for the Republican nomination criticized the decision to campaign and raise money with the coach from the state’s flagship public university.
Haslam said Pearl called him Friday to tell him that “he’s very, very sorry for what happened.” The mayor said he won’t ask Pearl to rescind his endorsement.
Pearl last week acknowledged publicly that he gave misleading and incorrect information. to the NCAA about possible violations during a 17-month investigation of his program.
Haslam faces Democrat Mike McWherter in this fall’s election.
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