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Once Seen as Virtuous, Pearl Opts to Do Wrong

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He did the right thing, that was Bruce Pearl's mantra. When his peers labeled him a rat and a snitch and ostracized him within his profession for nearly 15 years because he turned in Illinois, Pearl held fast to his strongest defense -- that he did the right thing.

And so to hear a teary-eyed Pearl admit that he did the wrong thing, that he misled NCAA investigators, it was both deliciously ironic and depressingly eye-opening.

This is what we've come to, apparently. Even the one who suffered for his principles has been sucked into the vortex of anything for survival.

I shouldn't be surprised.

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