By Ryan Baker

CHICAGO (CBS) — Bruce Pearl has made it to college basketball’s biggest stage, leading Auburn to its first-ever Final Four.

To still-bitter Illini fans, Pearl is the poster boy for the seedy underbelly of the sport.

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30 years ago retired UIC head coach Jimmy Collins was Lou Henson’s top recruiter at Illinois.

Pearl was an assistant at Iowa.

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During a secretly recorded phone conversation, Pearl coerced Simeon high school star Deon Thomas to say that Collins offered him cash and a car to come to Champaign.

It lead to a costly NCAA Investigation for the Illini, but Collins was eventually cleared of the false accusation.

Ironically, Pearl was later fired at Tennessee for breaking the rules.

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Ryan Baker sat down with Coach Collins to see if he continues to hold a grudge.