Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Is Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee ending?

Is the Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee nearing an end? In an interview with Knoxville radio station WNML, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton says he isn't sure whether or not Pearl, the subject of an NCAA investigation, will return to coach next season.


"Asked point blank if Pearl will be UT’s coach next season, Hamilton said: "We don’t know the answer today. We’ve done a lot of soul searching about the direction of our program and we’ll continue to do that and we’ll decide after we’re out of the NCAA Tournament what direction it is that we’re going to go next."

Hamilton wasn’t specific as to a timetable on determining Pearl’s future.

"That’ll be a decision we make in the short term or we’ll wait and make it a little bit further down the road," Hamilton said. "But the jury is out on what’s going to happen with that at this point. … He knows that, by the way."


Hamilton also said in the interview that Tennessee  was unaware of Pearl committing a "bump" violation involving a recruit four days after the coach admitted to lying about about improper contacts with recruits at his home in a press conference until the NCAA reported it to the school.



"The NCAA charged that Pearl committed a "bump" violation four days after a tearful press conference announcing he lied to the NCAA about cookout at his home in 2009. Pearl did not report it to UT because he didn’t think it was a violation.

That apparently hasn’t sat well with Hamilton and the UT administration, which learned of the incident from the NCAA.

If the Volunteer's run in the NCAA Tournament is short. Pearl's tenure at Tennessee might end soon after.

(via Mr. SECWNML)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

PEARL IS AN IDIOT , BTW WHAT THE HELL IS HIS SON PLAYING 4 !! R U TELLING ME THAT HE'S DESERVING OF PLAYING TIME , WHEN HE HAS "ZERO OFFENSIVE SKILLS >>

marinesniper85_91 said...

Pearl had success early on. But it wasn't enough for UT fans. So, he ramped things up a bit by recruiting illegally. So, he gets caught, plus he lied to Hamilton. The best thing they can do to Pearl is fire him. A lesson must be learned here. Oh, and fire that use POS Hamilton too. UT has had nothing but trouble since he took the job. Get to steppin' Mikey!! You're done! As for all the rival SEC fans....If you think that your coaches aren't doing the very same things......you are freakin' idiots. They just haven't been caught. See to it that your coaches get the same treatment for cheating.......THE AXE!!! Clean-up the SEC, now!!! Cheaters and liars,get the fuck out!! Especially you, Calipari!! Don't let that asshole ruin Kentucky!!