Pell got up and shut the sliding doors, and the air conditioning had begun to bite into the warmth when he sat back down. He said when it was all over, he knew he would never again coach at the college level, "for reasons I won't get into now." He did not, however, say he would never coach again.
He was asked, finally, if the cheating he was "responsible" for was necessary. He looked steadily at his interrogator, and his hard blue eyes relaxed along the edges. He slowly shook his head. "No," he said, "and that's the disgusting part. It wasn't necessary."
One final aside. Eight years ago, when he was an assistant at Clemson under Red Parker, Pell went to Bryant, his old coach at Alabama, to tell him how the wolves were sniping at Parker's heels, undercutting him, and that it looked as if he was going to be offered Parker's job. He asked Bryant what he should do. Bryant told him he ought to "go tell Red Parker what you just told me."
Bryant presumably never knew whether Pell took his suggestion, but it's a moot point. Parker was fired, and Pell got the job. Later, an embittered Parker charged Pell with "knifing" him in the back. He said, "I just hope that he hires some loyal assistants."