Sorry if I missed this story in one of the threads, but it appears the reason Pearl confessed lying to the NCAA was that they had a picture in their possession that shows recruits at his house during an unofficial visit. Originally, he lied about it but then fessed up...Some quotes from the below article after the jump
Those who were inclined to roll their eyes at Pearl's tearful apology last Friday surely found satisfaction in the revelation earlier this week that an incriminating picture -- not his "conscience," as he initially claimed -- compelled him to tell the truth about recruiting violations after initially misleading NCAA investigators.
and on the self imposed penalties:
It's a significant penalty to self-impose, no doubt.
But by not implementing the sanctions until Sept. 24, Tennessee's punishment appears disingenuous, perhaps giving the NCAA additional fodder for a hard whack once all the allegations are put on paper.
Sept. 24, after all, was not picked out of thin air. If Tennessee really wanted to show seriousness about its penalty, it would have pulled the coaches off the road immediately after receiving the letter of inquiry. Instead, athletic director Mike Hamilton gave his coaches two weeks to save their 2011 recruiting efforts and lay the groundwork for 2012 prospects.