There's an eye (ear?) -opening discussion among Illinois media types about the Pearl and Deon Thomas issue. Apparently, somebody forgot to turn a mic off during the media luncheon and several folks with memories dating back to the early 1990s can be heard discussing the matter. Here's the link to the Real Audio file. Pearl, Booby Knight and others are implicated in what sounds somewhat like conference-wide animosity to Lou Henson's recruiting practices. The first 25 minutes or so comprise the Illinois presser, after that, it's lots of fun.
Update: The audio has been cut down so as to remove the offending discussion. Too bad.