According to ESPN sources, ex-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl is going to receive a multiple-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA committee on infractions for unethical conduct after he acknowledged covering up a cookout with players at house. What does a "show-cause penalty" mean you may ask?

A show-cause penalty means a school wanting to hire a coach serving that penalty must appear before the NCAA committee on infractions to explain why it wants to do so.

If the school chooses to go ahead with the hire, it would have to agree to any possible additional penalties the committee might want to levy.

Traditionally, schools have stayed away from a coach on a show-cause penalty. But the NCAA has no jurisdiction to force a member school to hire or fire a coach.
The sources also said Pearl's three former assistants -- Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay -- will receive one-year show-cause penalties.
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