OT: Brue Pearl fired

Submitted by JDVan on March 21st, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Per sportscenter Bruce Pearl has been fired.



Seemed everyone knew this was coming but I like to think the thrashing UM handed them was the reason.


Blue boy johnson

March 21st, 2011 at 3:01 PM ^

Where next will Pearl take Harbor? This is one those unseemly college basketball peculiarities. Who will hire Pearl next? Will Pitino or Tim Floyd, or Thad Matta or Calipari hire Pearl? Or does Pearl sit out a season and land a head coaching gig somewhere?


March 21st, 2011 at 3:02 PM ^

You have to be better than record setting losses in order to lie to the NCAA. 

Was Pearl the only coach who lied to the NCAA and wasn't fired, or was it someone else who was the one that OSU hopes to add to?


March 21st, 2011 at 3:11 PM ^

Just a case of Tressell without as many wins.

Bet if the Vols had gone to the Final Four, he would have continued to sing old Rocky Top.


March 21st, 2011 at 3:14 PM ^

I, too, am particularly proud of the boys in blue (watched all season, was in Crisler for the heartbreaker against Wisconsin), and am glad to think that Michigan's hand hammered the final nails into Pearl's coffin (especially after being on the other end of this kind of hammering against Mississippi State*). Here's a lihk, with a brief summary, to anyone intersted:


Slightly OT: Anyone think this same kind of reversal of support could take place between the OSU Athletic Department and Tressel between now and the final NCAA ruling?


*DISCLAIMER: By no means am I comparing Richrod's character with Pearl's or magnitude of their violations, only the sequence of: sanction--ambiguous AD on future between season and post-season--schelacking--firing


March 21st, 2011 at 3:33 PM ^

I thought Pearl bravely confessed to having the recruits at his house after he was shown a picture of him and the recruits at his house?


March 21st, 2011 at 4:07 PM ^

Even if the NCAA is willing to sacrifice its shreds of remaining credibility for OSU/Tressel (it's not), are you willing to allow one coach/school to drag the B1G below SEC level in one fell swoop?  Are the other B1G university presidents/ADs? 


March 21st, 2011 at 5:40 PM ^

The NCAA makes itself obsolete if they don't, and the B1G presidents lose their superior moral high ground in relation to the SEC.

In fact your argument only proves the point - Tressel made both the NCAA and the B1G/Delany look foolish.  They stuck their necks out and should be furious.  Even if they're not, this is a Lie to big to let sit. 

Sooner or later they'll realize OSU will still be a moneymaker without Tressel, and he's not worth the damage he's causing.  He'll be allowed to resign before the season. 


March 21st, 2011 at 6:11 PM ^

Delany is such a tool.  He didn't need Tressel to make him look foolish.  He and Gene Smith desperately looked for a loophole in the rules so those OSU players could play in the Sugar Bowl.  He didn't give a crap about honor or playing by the rules. 

If anything, Delany will act just like OSU did with the whole Maurice Clarrett thing.  Just sweep it under the rug and move on. 


March 21st, 2011 at 5:01 PM ^

Pearl needed to go, but how big of an idiot is the AD that basically stated that he was going to fire him after the tournament?  What kind of guy makes a public statement that the coach is likely done before the beginning of the NCAA Tournament?  What an a--hat.  He should be fired too, for being an idiot.



March 21st, 2011 at 6:50 PM ^

Considering people on the Vols message board were dismissing him for his "Jew tears", this might not be the worst thing for his career.  He'll get another chance somewhere, and I think he'll be more judicious (if not more ethical) about his recruiting.  He's a good coach and his teams usually play well - if Calipari and Samson receive multiple chances, so will Pearl.


March 21st, 2011 at 7:23 PM ^

He won half the school's all time NCAA tourney wins in just 6 years. The guy can coach, motivate, and excite a fan base.  It's really sad. He made a bad mistake lying about picayunish secondary violation, and he couldn't recover.

He'll be back coaching. If I had program that I wanted to jump start from years of nothingness, I'd look at the guy. He would win and he would do it clean more likely than not. Until this, he had a clean history and Tennessee was junk before he got there. Not saying there isn't risks, but on balance he's worth another shot.

In basically 1 year, he goes from a point or two from the final 4 to this. Unreal.


March 21st, 2011 at 7:40 PM ^

Will now be running Tennessee Football and Basketball programs. During the two year reorganization they will be addressed as the Tennessee Expos.


March 21st, 2011 at 9:11 PM ^

How do you fire a guy who's not even working under contract???  It's like that Seinfeld episode when Kramer gets let go.

"We have to let you go."

"I don't even work here."

"I know, that's what makes this so hard."