Bruce Pearl's Gettysvue house a slam dunk

Bruce Pearl's Gettysvue house a slam dunk

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With a new home in Gettysvue, University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has good reason to smile.

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With a new home in Gettysvue, University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has good reason to smile.

  • Location: West Knoxville
  • Style: French Country
  • Rooms: 16
  • Square footage: 10,200
  • Age: New

While looking for a new home, Bruce Pearl had more than a couple of game plans.

"We had looked at probably 25 homes and properties," said the popular University of Tennessee head basketball coach. "We looked at the possibility of a remodeling situation in Sequoyah Hills and even met with an architect. We looked at living on the water. I love the water. I love my Sea Ray. But I couldn't find anything close enough in. I've got to be close to the campus, and it had to be close enough for the players to get there."

A $2 million French-country home in the prestigious Gettysvue neighborhood turned out to be nothing but net. Pearl has been in the custom 10,200-square-foot abode since summer.

"I looked at this one and fell in love with it," he said.

Pearl couldn't resist the details builder Ed Rodriquez incorporated, such as the extensive crown moulding and archways.

The "love of his life," girlfriend Brandy Miller, helped with the house hunt.

"When he first saw it, he said it was too big ," she said. "But once you're in it, the house doesn't feel like that at all."

The home's exterior is inviting, with a melding of stone and stucco. Wood shutters and garage doors create warmth. A turret's column of cut-glass windows reflects the upscale surroundings. Acid-washed copper accents look as if they've been weathered by many decades.

Softening the outside are orange and white pansies. Other flowers include multi-color mums, which are complemented with Power T pumpkins.

The inset entry is marked by double wood doors.

The foyer is simple with two floral arrangements on ornate stands serving as the main decoration. It offers a clean introduction to the decor designed by Braden's Furniture and Interiors' Sherry Springer and Cindy Hamby.

The ceiling in Perl's dining room has a mural of a sky scene with floating clouds.

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The ceiling in Perl's dining room has a mural of a sky scene with floating clouds.

To the right is the dining room, which is in the turret. On the ceiling is a mural of a majestic sky scene with floating clouds. A intricately carved fixture with candle-style lights comes down from the painted heavens.

"I love this," Pearl said. "It's so unique."

Below, a massive round table, topped with a grouping of contemporary arrangements, is surrounded by eight olive and khaki paisley-print chairs. Khaki faux-painted walls wrap the room, while stained chair-railing adds formality.

Across from the dining room is the study. Rich wood creates a masculine mood, from the coffered ceiling to fireplace surround and built-in cabinets. The wood contrasts light blue walls - not what most people would expect for a basketball coach's office.

"Having a bunch of balls and trophies everywhere - that's not me," Pearl said. "Particularly on the main floor. I didn't want people to walk in and say, 'Oh, this is the basketball coach's house."

However, two trophies are displayed on the top shelves of the room's bookcases: the Adolph Rupp Cup for 2008 Coach of the Year and the 2008 South Eastern Conference Coach of the Year.

The study's striped chairs, global lithograph, and elegant desk is corporate CEO than sports professional.

At the end of the entry way is the unconventional formal living room. Instead of a sofa and loveseat, the space boasts four chairs with star-embroidered gold fabric and paisley fringed pillows. In the center of them is round leather coffee table. The pieces sit on a plush shag rug. On a wall is a vibrant Lebeeq painting of a South France scene Pearl purchased in Carmel, Calif.

A large window floods the master bedroom with natural light.

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A large window floods the master bedroom with natural light.

Just off the foyer and down a barrelled ceilinged hallway is the master bedroom suite. Done in slate blue and chocolate brown, it is a soothing retreat. On the bed is a luxurious bedspread in burn-out chenille. More texture comes from the melange of pillows, some of them ruched. At the foot of the bed is a tasseled ottoman, which sits on another shag rug. Two gold-trimmed chests with mirrored drawer fronts bookend the bed. On one of the chests is a touch screen device that controls audio-visual and security equipment. There is also remote control that operates the room's blinds and shutters. Above one of the house's 10 fireplaces is a flat-screen television.

The master bath is spacious with travertine tile and blue walls. In the center is a deep white tub in front of a fireplace. The bath also features his and hers granite-top vanities and walk-in double shower with fleur-de-lis tiles and rain shower heads. Its custom taupe cabinetry boasts a towel warming drawer.

Also on the main floor is the kitchen, which also has taupe cabinetry. The main attraction is a massive island with a thick granite top and plenty of space for a buffet dinner. Round leather stools provide seating. Above the island are two hand-painted fixtures with a wildflower motif. They help make the stainless-steel appliances gleam.

Adjoining the kitchen is a comfy keeping room with a beamed ceiling. A rustic stacked-stone fireplace commands attention. While dinner is prepared, guests can sit in front of it on the tweed sectional.

The lower level impresses as well. In addition to a rec room with a pool table , there is a card room, library and guest room. Also below is the exercise room, which includes a rack of dumbbells, a stationary bike and weight and elliptical machines.

The marquee room downstairs is the home theater. From the posters on the wall, it seems Pearl's cinematic taste ranges from "Rambo" to "The Love Guru." He and guests can sink into two rows of deep-red leather seats on movie nights.

More down time can be had outside at the heated saltwater pool, which has a cabana. Also, a terrace looks onto the backyard, which backs up to the Gettysvue golf course.

Upstairs there are additional bedrooms.

"I feel really blessed to have a home like this," Pearl said."

Kevin Cowan may be reached at 865-342-6426.

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TheVolMan writes:

Good work Bruce. The pro-Fulmer and anti-Adams Weenies would have loved to have kept Buzz. Idiots...

Phowell23 writes:

He worked hard and deserved it.

utvol008 writes:

That is one sweet house

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

Wonder where Fulmer'
s goonna' be living? He's got a lot of money coming in, and he has several children. I guess he'll make it ok. What about our team, and our recruits? Hamilton will have his job still. At least until the baseball coach and the new football coach get a couple of years. And if they get their heads' pounded in, what will Hamilton do then? And will the boosters fire Mike too? Look at Steve Carlton's record and Terry Bradshaw's ...Today news media and talk radio have people in an uproar. But really it's not their fault. The schools like Mike Hamilton should be setting the agenda beter. Thi sis mike's fault not to have publicilly do so. He's afraid of the people and of the administration. He got lucky of Pearl, maybe God was with us on this one. I guess this is one home that Freddie mack and Fanny Mae don't own. Or maybe Bruce ought to share with all the poor people around him, and then he could be poor too? Isn't that the way it goes. Or maybe the university ought to just house him somewhere and give him room and board to coach? And then somewhere else somebody would have to give him more room and more board??? See how it works. The poor you'll always have with you. Capitalism is good, and where the buzzards are (Obama), you'll find the carcass. Life is strange, isn't it. Thank God for America and the men and women who have lived and died for her for us to have a little space to live and love and grow. Just don't get discontented and disconnected and have someone promose you the moon(10-0 seasons), or all the gold in the world(Obama), because the trip they take you on could be back to Egypt. And believe me, there's nothing there you guys want. I just left there a while ago. America is the promised land, and it's just like Fulmer and Pearl will tell you, it's what you want to make of it. Not to enslave but to teach others to grow in , love, and to appreciate. Change and hope, merely catch words, and you're the fish. Good luck guys, good luck. You're gonna need it. I am speaking to the Fulmer haters and people who just couldn't help but to get him out. And to the Bush haters who just did not want to get their hands dirty. Voted one way and then another. "Stay the course" was said by the man who served the University for 38 years. Who bleed Orange. And the sharks surrounded him for it. It is not a good day for the University or for our country ladies and gentlemen. Who will go down into the belly of the whale and pull us out of the fires. ENDING WITH THIS NOTE, ASK NOT WHAT YOUR UNIVERSITY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR UNIVERSITY. ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. Thank you. And God bless you Coach Pearl, we hope you will not go pro, just because the Vols kicked out a good man, but I won't do anything but cry if you do.

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to TheVolMan:

Good work Bruce. The pro-Fulmer and anti-Adams Weenies would have loved to have kept Buzz. Idiots...

Buzz was there just a few years. Ernie Grunfeld knew about coach Pearl. Is there another Pearl out there in the football community? I doubt it! There's no guaranteed that he can do any better than Fulmer. Is this game passing me by or what? I am going to love rubbing this one in your face, this time, bright one.

Feared_Mustang_Package writes:

We Love Tennessee,

"It is what you make of it" is what you say.

Fulmer made this team into a 3-6 one. You're an idiot. Again, I hope you have no offspring.

Rebelsfball2008 writes:

i am happy for bruce. I had the opportunity of meeting him in highschool....a very humble man..and everything he has comming to him he deserves.... but how did this end up going to football???

rusty_shackleford writes:

Great article for the Home and Living section of the paper. Not so hot for sports.

WhitePineVol77 writes:

When we hired CBP, we got the outgoing, mildly flambuoyant person that everyone knew was there. Would he work out in the mid (Indiana) west? I doubt it. Anyway, why is this article on page 1 of the knoxnews.com website? CBP's ex is opening a salon called Alimony, or so I've heard :-)

GreerVol22 writes:

this should get Butch Davis' attention....

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to hiresanders:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Your medication has worn off again. Please read the instructions on your bottle next time.

woodwr#217203 writes:

Some of us who live in modest houses can at least refer to the same woman as both "the love of my life" and the "the mother of my children." WE are glad for his success and his enjoying it though.

wyomingvol writes:

A little Jealous and judgemental???

MOOREVOLS writes:

in response to rusty_shackleford:

Great article for the Home and Living section of the paper. Not so hot for sports.

If you take the paper you'll see that it's in the Home & Garden section, not sports. It's govolsxtra because it's about Bruce Pearl, who happens to be the Tennessee basketball coach.

adamsck#591720 writes:

Who the heck made the decision to 1) write this story and 2) put it on here? Sometimes I wonder what you guys at KNS do at meetings.

Try this: more stories about UT sports and fewer stories about Wyoming's QB getting in trouble and Bruce Pearl's new 10,000 ft2 house. Please.

threehundredbowler writes:

let him enjoy his and I will enjoy mine.Mine is not as good as his but at least mine contains a wife of 44 years.No one should complain about the success of another.We all earned what we have be it plenty or little.All men are not created equal in some things.Go Pearl and Go Vols.

TommyJack writes:

in response to hiresanders:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

What are you, the National Enquirer?

Ironcity writes:

I for one found this story interesting. Not sure where it is on the paper but I don't get the paper in Atl.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to woodwr#217203:

Some of us who live in modest houses can at least refer to the same woman as both "the love of my life" and the "the mother of my children." WE are glad for his success and his enjoying it though.

people change over the years. some men and women are pretty much 'once and done' when it comes to partners. Others require constant attention.

In this case, Burce is successful, so he is able to 'mvoe ahead' in his romantic life. Many men, not so successful, find themselves 'left' by their wives, usually at a tough time (2/3 of divorces are initiated by women, and manhy men do NOT see it coming).

S000000...good for Burce, nice to see a guy get rewarded and by happy!!!!!!!!

cjraney writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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What, you can't find your wife/daughter/mom and are getting worried?

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Life is tough on ol' Rocky Top for the Pearl.

Enjoy while it lasts. Life sometimes has a way of having little ups and downs.

Nice shed.

blitzshoot writes:

If you look closely, you can see phillip looking through
a window. He's holding a rake in his hands and is wearing a
Gatlinburg cap.

rusty_shackleford writes:

in response to MOOREVOLS:

If you take the paper you'll see that it's in the Home & Garden section, not sports. It's govolsxtra because it's about Bruce Pearl, who happens to be the Tennessee basketball coach.

Pearl is the coach of the BB team? When did that happen? (Can you pick up the sarcasm?)

My point remains...nice article for home/style section.

cjraney writes:

in response to blitzshoot:

If you look closely, you can see phillip looking through
a window. He's holding a rake in his hands and is wearing a
Gatlinburg cap.

That's funny Blitz.

richvol writes:

It's good to be da king...

jeff1vol writes:

Hey...where is that Gator Troll, Gatorzz??? How come he doesn't post on a bball article? I wonder.

tarheelbluewsr writes:

Looks who has forgotten who they are, and where they came from...You didn't want anyone to think it looked like a basketball coach lived there? newsflash: you are a basketball coach. it is where you got the money to build this classless, tasteless monstasity. and speaking of classless, hows about the mother of your children and your wife of a couple decades being referred to as the love of your life....keep winning, or you will be right behind fulmer

murrayvol writes:

in response to rusty_shackleford:

Great article for the Home and Living section of the paper. Not so hot for sports.

Admit it rusty. You'll be all over the upcoming "Tour of Famous Coaches Homes" on HGTV. :)

murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

What are you, the National Enquirer?

He's trying to launch a career as gumshoe and not having much luck.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

people change over the years. some men and women are pretty much 'once and done' when it comes to partners. Others require constant attention.

In this case, Burce is successful, so he is able to 'mvoe ahead' in his romantic life. Many men, not so successful, find themselves 'left' by their wives, usually at a tough time (2/3 of divorces are initiated by women, and manhy men do NOT see it coming).

S000000...good for Burce, nice to see a guy get rewarded and by happy!!!!!!!!

I didn't know 2/3 of divorces are initiated by women. Makes sense though. There's a lot of great women "out there". Great men??? Not so many.

murrayvol writes:

I wonder why the girlfriend is always named Brandy or Mindy and not Blanche or Mildred?

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

I wonder why the girlfriend is always named Brandy or Mindy and not Blanche or Mildred?

You're right, don't see many Stellas or Daffos or Penelopes.

Man, how bad is Wyoming for us to be a 24 pt favorite?

blitzshoot writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

You're right, don't see many Stellas or Daffos or Penelopes.

Man, how bad is Wyoming for us to be a 24 pt favorite?

PD, here's their site. Check out the game center box below and look at their losses. The beat Ohio and then went south from there.
http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/team/wyo...

overatedvols writes:

Boy, what they can do with trailers these days. Is this a 2008 model?

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to murrayvol:

I didn't know 2/3 of divorces are initiated by women. Makes sense though. There's a lot of great women "out there". Great men??? Not so many.

murry, it is indeed a sad fact.

the old stereotype was 'bad men'. As you know, times have chanced, and women's income has gone UP while men's has gone DOWN. The result??

As women get older, there sex drive drops off dramatically. This reduces one of the main 'connections' they have with their men. Then as the kids get older, more 'connections' drop. Think aobut it: many women have deep social networks of supportive women. Well, one day they wake up, and say "I'm tired of spending time with/ taking care of this dumb slug. I'm outta here".

Women are very self-sufficient, men not so much. Women have social networks, men have .....their wives. That is why women tend to thrive after divorce, and men tend to fall to pieces.

Just a few things to reflect upon.

rusty_shackleford writes:

in response to murrayvol:

I wonder why the girlfriend is always named Brandy or Mindy and not Blanche or Mildred?

I don't care who you are; that's funny right there!

ps11824 writes:

This article makes me very uncomfortable. Yet another one.

Colliervol writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Non-fan. Opinion irrelevant.

Colliervol writes:

in response to murrayvol:

I wonder why the girlfriend is always named Brandy or Mindy and not Blanche or Mildred?

Question of the year. Add that one to the "things that make you go hmmmm."

Colliervol writes:

in response to tarheelbluewsr:

Looks who has forgotten who they are, and where they came from...You didn't want anyone to think it looked like a basketball coach lived there? newsflash: you are a basketball coach. it is where you got the money to build this classless, tasteless monstasity. and speaking of classless, hows about the mother of your children and your wife of a couple decades being referred to as the love of your life....keep winning, or you will be right behind fulmer

So, he should still live like he's still coaching at Southern Indiana or Wisconsin-Milwaukee? Bruce deserves every dollar he's gotten and then some. Last I checked, it's a free country (at least till January) and you can spend your money any way you like.

I'm sure Roy Williams lives in a double-wide, right?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to murrayvol:

I wonder why the girlfriend is always named Brandy or Mindy and not Blanche or Mildred?

The women named Blanche or Mildred are in their 70's or 80's and have no use for boyfriends.

MOOREVOLS writes:

in response to rusty_shackleford:

Pearl is the coach of the BB team? When did that happen? (Can you pick up the sarcasm?)

My point remains...nice article for home/style section.

I can see the sarcasm. I was being a little sarcastic myself.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to Feared_Mustang_Package:

We Love Tennessee,

"It is what you make of it" is what you say.

Fulmer made this team into a 3-6 one. You're an idiot. Again, I hope you have no offspring.

And you "Package", are the kind of sub-human that makes everyone think Tennessee is full of sister lovin' redneck crackers. How does that feel?

bustervols writes:

Hey, lighten up, it's an investment. Where else do you park a 2 million dollar signing bonus......stocks? Besides, houses in that neighborhood are full of "those people". You don't expect a man like Coach Pearl to reside in the hood do you?

murrayvol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

You're right, don't see many Stellas or Daffos or Penelopes.

Man, how bad is Wyoming for us to be a 24 pt favorite?

Daffos??? Were you up all night?

24 points...whoa....Not sure we could put up 24 in a scrimmage.

blitzshoot writes:

Wyoming should be a great 14-13 game. Not certain who will be the 14.

bluetick writes:

in response to hiresanders:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You have an alligator mouth and a tadpole @ss.

ctexorange writes:

in response to KingsportVol:

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amen! kingsport amen!

THE_VOL writes:

I'm not so sure I would have done this article if I was BP....this is the kind of stuff that comes back to bite you in the arse when things aren't going quite right....I'm certain it was done well before this past Monday but nonetheless the timing is not real good either in light of the FOOLmer situation and the economy in general....it's one thing to be gregarious about your program but it's quite another to flaunt the personal side....just my opinion folks and I could care less what you think of it....it IS a SICK house though!

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