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What punishment?

Lots of lapdoggery these past few days lauding the NCAA for punishing Bruce Pearl, not Tennessee, for trangressions committed by the now-departed basketball coach.

Yeah, well ... it's great he's essentially been made unemployable by college basketball for the next few years. But of course, the NCAA did the same thing to Kelvin Sampson -- who used the smackdown as a springboard to a couple of cushy assistant's jobs in the NBA. In the last year, his name came up as a possible head coach for two different franchises, the Cavaliers and Clippers.

And Pearl?

Last I heard, the Texas Legends of the NBA Developmental League were prepared to make him the highest paid coach in D-League history. And when the NCAA handed down its three-year show-cause edict, Pearl, in a spectacularly in-your-face move, held a press conference at his home to address his punishment -- where, yes, he served barbecue.

A backyard cookout attended illegally by a Tennessse recruit, remember, is what got Pearl in hot water to begin with.

But, yes, the NCAA sure showed him.

Ben Smith's blog.