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Fresh off of receiving a three-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA for recruiting violations, former Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl has decided to join a wholesale grocery distributor as their VP of marketing. If you’re wondering if this sounds like the beginning of a very good sports redemption arc, that’s because it does.
Disgraced former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl told Dan Patrick Friday his reputation is so tarnished, he wouldn’t even hire himself.
At one point today, the following five stories appeared in succession on ESPN.com’s “Headlines” sidebar: a legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach has early onset dementia, a Tennessee Titans receiver met with Roger Goodell to discuss his numerous arrests, the Tennessee Titans still haven’t reached a deal with their star running back, a star Tennessee Volunteers safety was booted from the team because of drugs, and a former men’s basketball coach was penalized by the NCAA for recruiting violations while at Tennessee. Can we just give this poor state a break, already?
Bruce Pearl repeatedly lied and cheated throughout his tenure as UT’s head coach. In short, he was like a bad boyfriend, according to ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb.
Bruce Pearl is gone as the Tennessee Volunteers’ head basketball coach. This is not much of a surprise to anyone, including Bruce Pearl.
After a 30-point loss to Michigan, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl might be on his way out of town–at least Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith think so.
Bruce Pearl’s Treatment By Tennessee “A Disgrace,” Athletic Director “Should Be Fired,” Says Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley has made it clear in his first day on the job as a college hoops analyst: even though he’s covering different teams, and is on a little earlier in the day, he’s not going going to be pulling any punches.
Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl found himself in hot water earlier this year when he admitted he misled NCAA investigators who questioned him about his program. But he’s finding redemption now…through a favorite UT punching bag.
Yes, it was just an preseason game. And yes, it doesn’t count. But nationally-ranked Tennessee (A.P. #20) was dismantled by tiny Division II school Indianapolis 79-64.
Why is Bruce Pearl still employed by one of the nation’s beacons of academic integrity? You can start with the fact that almost no one successful runs a completely clean program.