Vols coach Bruce Pearl returns from SEC suspension

Vols coach Bruce Pearl returns from SEC suspension


KNOXVILLE (AP) - Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl is back after his eight-game suspension from Southeastern Conference play. He still feels more punishment awaits on the horizon as the
Volunteers' play No. 18 Kentucky and No. 17 Florida this week.

Though Pearl, who was suspended for misleading the NCAA in an ongoing probe into recruiting, has had plenty of success at Florida's O'Connell Center, he hasn't won at Kentucky's Rupp Arena since 75-67 victory on Feb. 7, 2006, against a Tubby Smith-coached Wildcats team.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has his own worries with the Wilcats (16-6, 4-4), who have a .500 record halfway through the SEC season for the first time since 1990. Kentucky has lost its last
two SEC games, Calipari's first losing streak since Memphis' 2004-05 season.

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