The Tennessee basketball program picked up a big win on Tuesday night, completing the season sweep of Vanderbilt with a 60-51 win. After the game, though, it was all about the NCAA investigation into the recruiting practices of head coach Bruce Pearl. Tennessee is reportedly set to release the findings to the public on Wednesday, and Pearl may be in hot water because of the results of the investigation.
Pearl's son, Steven Pearl, had six points for the Vols on Tuesday night, but talked of supporting his father, both as a coach and as family (via Wes Rucker on Twitter).
"You've just got to hope for the best, and hope nothing crazy comes out. No matter what, I've got my dad's back. On the court, I'm a player. But off the court, he's my dad, and I'll always be there for my dad."
Cam Tatum spoke of staying focused with all the distractions around the program as the Vols fight for a spot in the postseason. Pearl's suspension, and the pending investigation, have been hanging over the team's head for months now, and though the NCAA released its notice of allegations, any punishment won't come down for months. With the situation out of the team's control, the players appear to be taking a wait and see approach, instead worrying about preparing for the home-stretch this season.