March 21, 2011

The End For Bruce Pearl?

By - Kris Fletcher

Bruce Pearl's future as men's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee is still unknown following the Volunteers 75-45 defeat Friday at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA tournament.

UT athletics director Mike Hamilton said at the beginning of last week that Pearl would be evaluated once the season was over. It probably didn't help that it ended with a 30-point shellacking.

However, that didn't stop fans from gathered outside Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville on Sunday to show their support for the embattled coach.

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Pearl admitted he lied to NCAA investigators last summer as they investigated allegations of rules violations by he and his staff. The coach told investigators that he did not know where a photo of a recruit, who was a high school junior at the time, had been taken. However, investigators already knew that the photo was in fact taken at Pearl's home. Hosting a high school junior at an off-campus site is prohibited by NCAA rules.

The Southeastern Conference suspended Pearl for the Volunteers first eight conference games this season due to the rules violations.

Pearl, who has been working without a contract since he admitted he lied to investigators, has led Tennessee to the NCAA tournament in all six of his seasons. The Volunteers had made the tournament only 12 times the previous 34 years before Pearl took the job in 2006. In 2010, he led them to their deepest run ever, when they advanced all the way to the Elite Eight before being knocked off by the Michigan State Spartans, 70-69.

No doubt Pearl has enjoyed a lot of success in his tenure at Tennessee, but will it be enough to save his job in the end? I would expect we'll know the answer to that sooner rather than later.


  1. Good call on writing this one! He got canned the following morning! He's a good coach I think, just wore out his welcome. Kinda like Jeff Fisher.

  2. Yeah, I'm a prophet. Lol I don't think he wore out his welcome really. The whole lying thing is what did him in. If that had never happened, he'd still be the coach. Thanks for checkin' out the site and leavin' a comment.