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Bruce Pearl Involuntary Let Go By Volunteers

by BSO Staff | Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011

Not even a week after watching his kids quit in game and subsequently get drubbed by Michigan, Bruce Pearl was relieved of his duties as Tennessee’s head coach.  Pearl, who initially appeared to have the backing of  Tennessee officials after he was ruled by the NCAA to have violated recruiting rules, was informed of the change in plans Monday morning.

Speculation swirled prior to Tennessee’s opening round game of Pearl’s season ending fate after a total 180 from Volunteer Athletic Director Mike Hamilton in answering questions regarding Pearl’s job status in February as opposed to this past week.  Easily the most animated coach in college basketball, Pearl posted the following on his Facebook page after learning of his dismissal:

“As many of you know, I have been fired as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.  This really does not come as a surprise to me, but my emotions are getting the best of me. This is perhaps the saddest day in my life. I loved everything about Tennessee, Knoxville and the Volunteers. These were the best years of my life.”

In six seasons, Pearl went 145-61 and led the Vols to six consecutive NCAA tourney appearances.  It is safe to say that Pearl will no longer have any use for that GOD awful orange blazer.

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  4. Abdul says:

    The AD in Tennessee is becoming more and more of a joke with each passing day. He hires two disasters as head coach of the football team in Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. He fires the best possible coach a basketball program like Tennessee could ever hope to have in Pearl. I understand Pearl lied and he had to be reprimanded. However, I already thought he was when he was made to miss 8 conference games. I think this firing is just piling on and the AD needs to be the next one to lose his job.

    • Chalie says:

      I won't lump Dooley into this (not saying that Mike Hamilton's a good AD) but Dooley's track record at my alma mater (La Tech) says he'll probably turn Tennessee football around.

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