The NCAA's due process rules are important rules. I know SEC commissioner Mike Slive had every right to hit Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl with an eight-game suspension because of his violations and the coordinated lying to the NCAA over them. The SEC presidents gave Slive that power to stem some of the league's cheating issues.
But just because Slive had the right to suspend Pearl does not make it the right thing to do. Pearl violated NCAA rules, lied about it and has since admitted it. But by those same rules, Pearl is entitled to a Notice of Allegations, 90 days to respond, and a hearing. Instead, the SEC hit him with a suspension before a Notice of Allegations was even handed down, short-circuiting and encroaching upon the NCAA process and diminishing the authority of the NCAA.
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Jay Bilas provides expert color commentary from courtside on college basketball games and serves as a studio analyst and as the co-host of ESPN's popular studio shows "College GameDay" and "College Gamenight." He also writes for ESPN.com and contributes numerous reports for "SportsCenter." Since 2003, Bilas has provided in-depth player scouting and analysis for ESPN's coverage of the NBA draft.