By now, most University of Tennessee basketball fans have heard that head coach, Bruce Pearl, was fired today. Last fall, Bruce Pearl admitted that he lied to NCAA investigators after allegations of recruiting violations surfaced among staff in the UT athletics department. Photos of two junior recruits were taken with Pearl, and were later identified to have been taken at his house.
Pearl responded to his termination on his Facebook page and posted the following statement:
“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!”
The University of Tennessee is my alma mater, and many celebrities are also Tennessee alumni. Will they be glad to see Bruce Pearl go? Some famous faces who will always call “Rocky Top” home include Peyton Manning, Deana Carter, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Dave Ramsey, and someone who I knew when I attended UT, World Poker Champ Chris Moneymaker.
What do you think? Will Bruce Pearl be missed?