Pearl signs new six-yeal deal, will earn around $1.9M this season

Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl has signed a new six-year contract today, finalizing a deal that he agreed to in principle in April.

A source close to the situation said Pearl's salary for the upcoming season will be around $1.9 million. The new deal will contain retention bonuses and the buyout money will increase.

Pearl was due to make $1.7 million for the 2009-10 season and was due a retention bonus of $500,000. He is expected to maintain that retention bonus at the end of this season.

His previous contract also contained a $100,000 escalator clause, meaning he would have made $1.8 million in 2010-11.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton has made the escalator (predetermined uniform raises) commonplace in his negotiations with football and basketball coaches, and Pearl's new contract is expected to have one, too.

UT has not acknowledged the signing, but is expected to announce details of the contract when it is made official.

Both Pearl and Hamilton have indicated they are comfortable with Pearl being the third-highest-paid coach in the SEC.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has a deal worth $3.7 million while Florida's Billy Donovan makes $3.5 million.

Pearl's new deal is expected to average approximately $2.4 million over the next six years with the retention bonuses and escalator raises factored in.

Part of Pearl's new contract includes an increase in the salary pool of his assistant coaches that is consistent with the percentage his contract is increasing (roughly 15 percent).

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Jillelumpkins writes:

AWESOME!!!! STAY FOREVER!

Ironcity writes:

Great news! Coach has made basketball relevant at UT. There is still a lot to do before we are even considered a top 15 program but with a coach like this in place, we are on our way.

MrWilson writes:

Why is Pearl getting a raise? UT was blown out on TV a number of times last year!

Football101 writes:

Pearl is a great coach, but the man behind cha-ching isn't so impressive.

dv8ing writes:

Meeks from Kentucky dimantled Pearl's defense last year. What, 54 points the first time they met? Then when they guarded him the second time they still got blown out. Kentucky has not been a powerhouse for years. Never should have happened. Pearl should have made sure it didn't.

I don't think any NCAA coach should be paid more than $100,000 a year. Use the rest of the money for non-athletic scholarships. If you can't live VERY comfortably on $100,000 a year, you need to look where your cash is going.

hueypilot writes:

in response to dv8ing:

Meeks from Kentucky dimantled Pearl's defense last year. What, 54 points the first time they met? Then when they guarded him the second time they still got blown out. Kentucky has not been a powerhouse for years. Never should have happened. Pearl should have made sure it didn't.

I don't think any NCAA coach should be paid more than $100,000 a year. Use the rest of the money for non-athletic scholarships. If you can't live VERY comfortably on $100,000 a year, you need to look where your cash is going.

Uh, thanks dv for your input. I think your second paragraph probably defines the relevance of your comments going forward. The market dictates what a coach gets paid. No college coach works for $100,000 a year so maybe you should adjust your thinking and then join us in the 21st century.

gbeejr#1354500 writes:

I'm glad we have CBP long term and look forward to the up-coming season. Last year was one to forget. Some of the losses were truly embarassing. I believe CBP will do a better job of coaching this year, but I wish he had Don DeVoe on his staff. Don's teams could take apart zone defenses without relying on 25 footers from the perimeter.

b_neas writes:

wonderful post Bob.....want to talk about caoches not needing raises look at the entire mens basketball era after Ray Mears and until CBP........those were bad years!!!

BxVol writes:

Great for Coach Pearl and the Vols.Look foward to a future Sports Illustrated basketball issue when Pat and Bruce are on the cover after winning National Championships!

straydog writes:

With his boundless energy and enthusiasm Pearl should also be Athletic Director. Pearl has been a real blessing after all those years since Devoe was fired. My main disappointment last year was losing the SEC tournament. It would have given us a real milestone for the year. After watching several games district into Buzz ball last year when Pearl was yelling and stomping and the players were oblivious, I worry that Pearl has peaked. The raise and extension look like the same kiss of death Fulmer was given at the beginning of his last season. It’s kind of eerie in that the coach knows he is finished and he is trying to pad his golden parachute. I hope he can turn it around because he is such a class act for everyone involved in UT Basketball.

Bigger_Al writes:

Yes! I love Bruce as our hoops coach. He's taken us to places we've never been (#1 ranking!) and haven't been in decades (two consecutive sweet 16's; overall SEC Championship; #2 seed in NCAA tournament). Other programs want to take him from us, but our future is bright, and we play an entertaining style that other fans, including UK's, yearn for.

The_the writes:

This past season did not warrant a raise.

CynicalCitizen writes:

The stands are full finally. That is what matters.

catknox writes:

Great News! This is a true long term decision for Vol basketball. It foretells a splendid future for the Big Orange.

CharlotteVol writes:

in response to The_the:

This past season did not warrant a raise.

I'm glad Hamilton takes a more long-term view than most of the unathletic, uneducated of this site.

Look at the entire body of work for a coach, not just one season. And before any of you idiots bring up Fulmer as a rebuttal........Fulmer's teams were steadily going down by any objective measure over the last 5 seasons. Winning the SEC East 2 seasons ago was more a matter of "last man standing" than it was about execution. We were at best the 4th best team in the SEC that season and it showed in the SEC Championship game and New Year's bowl loss.

rockytopman writes:

Thanks Coach Bruce Pearl for once again making basketball season relevant for Tennessee fans. We appreciate your loyalty and the way you and your staff have made Tennessee basketball "COOL" again. Congrats on the payday, and GO VOLS!!!!

bluevol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Bones lie. All future opponents of Vols laughing and much happy. See much crying here by Vol fans.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

The mention of Don Devoe, former Vol head basketball coach...it makes me wonder now that Devoe has moved back to the Knoxville area that the University of Tennessee could not make use of him someway in the basketball program. I assume he is drawing a pension from long career at the Naval Academy...I know...I know...you have only one coach at a time...but if in the right way, it would be dynamite to have Devoe to assist Pearl in some away. Devoe while coach at UT, beat great Kentucky teams like a drum. Its only a thought...has anyone ever thought of this situation?

Ironcity writes:

in response to MrWilson:

Why is Pearl getting a raise? UT was blown out on TV a number of times last year!

Buzz was blown out all the time but it was hard for anyone in the country to notice because no one cared and we were never on TV.

The_the writes:

in response to CharlotteVol:

I'm glad Hamilton takes a more long-term view than most of the unathletic, uneducated of this site.

Look at the entire body of work for a coach, not just one season. And before any of you idiots bring up Fulmer as a rebuttal........Fulmer's teams were steadily going down by any objective measure over the last 5 seasons. Winning the SEC East 2 seasons ago was more a matter of "last man standing" than it was about execution. We were at best the 4th best team in the SEC that season and it showed in the SEC Championship game and New Year's bowl loss.

He's getting paid more than HOF'er and 2x NC winner Jim Calhoun. Let me make it past the S16 before upping his contract.

Ironcity writes:

in response to straydog:

With his boundless energy and enthusiasm Pearl should also be Athletic Director. Pearl has been a real blessing after all those years since Devoe was fired. My main disappointment last year was losing the SEC tournament. It would have given us a real milestone for the year. After watching several games district into Buzz ball last year when Pearl was yelling and stomping and the players were oblivious, I worry that Pearl has peaked. The raise and extension look like the same kiss of death Fulmer was given at the beginning of his last season. It’s kind of eerie in that the coach knows he is finished and he is trying to pad his golden parachute. I hope he can turn it around because he is such a class act for everyone involved in UT Basketball.

Turn it around? What are you talking about? This team has made the NCAA's every year he has been at UT. Enough said. We lost our entire back court and 5 of our top 8 players and yet you guys think we should have just romped to the final four. I would expect comments like this from my child, not from grown adults that have a brain. As for Pearls and Fulmers contracts, Pearl has received a raise every year he has been here. Coach Fulmer was the 6th highest paid coach in the conference last year and had been middle of the pack for a while. You could say we got what we paid for with Fulmer.

junkdotcom#584327 writes:

in response to straydog:

With his boundless energy and enthusiasm Pearl should also be Athletic Director. Pearl has been a real blessing after all those years since Devoe was fired. My main disappointment last year was losing the SEC tournament. It would have given us a real milestone for the year. After watching several games district into Buzz ball last year when Pearl was yelling and stomping and the players were oblivious, I worry that Pearl has peaked. The raise and extension look like the same kiss of death Fulmer was given at the beginning of his last season. It’s kind of eerie in that the coach knows he is finished and he is trying to pad his golden parachute. I hope he can turn it around because he is such a class act for everyone involved in UT Basketball.

Really? Turn it around? You can expect to when championships every year, but you have to be realistic and realize that doesn't happen. I'd rather be in the position to play for them and be in post-season tourneys than slip back into the doldrums with a new coach and be at home in April.

You do realize that we won 20+ games, won the SEC East Division, and played for the SEC tourney championship among many other highlights last year.

I really like where we are now. I really don't want to sit through another season like '93-'94 (5-22)...I was there for every game!

BasketVols writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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That's great news! As long as you are pissed about him getting a new contract and raise then I know it's a good decision on the part of Mike Hamilton. You don't have any idea what you are typing about...

CharlotteVol writes:

in response to The_the:

He's getting paid more than HOF'er and 2x NC winner Jim Calhoun. Let me make it past the S16 before upping his contract.

UConn's pay scale has nothing to do with UT's. If Calhoun wants more money he can get it on the open market.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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If Pat Summitt's teams sold as many tickets as Pearl's she would be paid as much. This business is about making money not accomplishments.

44maddog#598346 writes:

You must be kidding me Bruce Pearl is the most overrated coach in the country. Sure he is a great salesman, but there comes a time to put up or shut up. With two of Buzz Peterson's player's (Lofton and J. Smith) Tennessee was a respectable but often overrated team, without them they seem to be an average team in a mediocre league. Imagine if coach Fulmer was held to the same low expectations, never once having cracked the top sixteen. All he did was win a national championship, compile one of the best won loss records, appear in the most SEC champinship games, and bring much needed class to the university. It's a shame he was railroaded out of town by a bunch of whiney crybabies with no class. I hope they got what they wanted with Lane Kiffin's impressive winning percentage as a head coach, and his total lack of class, it's a shame sportsmanship has vanished from so many college boosters.

The_Greater_Pumpkin writes:

Great! Bruce deserves the money! The revenue he has brought in compared to previous coaches is unmatched! 16 Home games that are averaging over 20,000 people! That is top 5 in the country. He earns every penny of his salary and is an unbelievable asset to our University and community. In the Wade and Buzz days, we were lucky to have 5,000 people in the stands. Congratulations Bruce! We hope you coach here for 25 more years and retire here!

The_the writes:

in response to CharlotteVol:

UConn's pay scale has nothing to do with UT's. If Calhoun wants more money he can get it on the open market.

If you're comfortably overpaying, so be it.

kiffownsfla writes:

Wow coachem up bp!

brokebackvol writes:

It's simply a function of dollars. Bruce says "sweeten the deal a little bit, but nothing too outragious. Hamilton says "ok." Considering CBP is the best thing to happen to UT Hoops since Mears, he's worth every dime.

Billy has won National Titles, and Calamari hasn't ruined UK yet and they are desperate to climb back to the top of the heap again, so they will pony up the dough.

RoadTrip writes:

Congrats Coach. Thanks for all you have done to make Vol hoops relevant again. Thanks for running a clean program. Thanks for the national spotlight. Thanks for beating Florida so many times they probably want to spit (like at coach's wives in football).

The_the writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

Congrats Coach. Thanks for all you have done to make Vol hoops relevant again. Thanks for running a clean program. Thanks for the national spotlight. Thanks for beating Florida so many times they probably want to spit (like at coach's wives in football).

UF focuses on the big picture, like winning back-to-back titles.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to The_the:

UF focuses on the big picture, like winning back-to-back titles.

With two key starters from TN that you would not have gotten if CBP had been here to recruit them.

Any bold predictions on when your next title will occur?

VOLKING writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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You are correct. Isn't he 8-2 against Little Boy Billy?

VOLKING writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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You need anger management. Or better yet....find another team to 'cheer' for. We won't mind...will we boys?

The_the writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

With two key starters from TN that you would not have gotten if CBP had been here to recruit them.

Any bold predictions on when your next title will occur?

Not a UF fan, but I'd put $$$ they win another one before UT does.

And I briefly looked thru the 2009 recruited class and noted that UT didn't land any of the top in-state players.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to The_the:

Not a UF fan, but I'd put $$$ they win another one before UT does.

And I briefly looked thru the 2009 recruited class and noted that UT didn't land any of the top in-state players.

You are correct about being a UF fan. You are I-want-anybody-to-win-as-long-as-it-is-not-CBP Auburn fan based on your past comments.

So I guess you really are very concerned about the Vols' recruiting class for next year. LOL.

Are you still reveling in those good ole Charles Barkley glory years?!

Vol1995 writes:

in response to dv8ing:

Meeks from Kentucky dimantled Pearl's defense last year. What, 54 points the first time they met? Then when they guarded him the second time they still got blown out. Kentucky has not been a powerhouse for years. Never should have happened. Pearl should have made sure it didn't.

I don't think any NCAA coach should be paid more than $100,000 a year. Use the rest of the money for non-athletic scholarships. If you can't live VERY comfortably on $100,000 a year, you need to look where your cash is going.

Capitalism is not for the faint of heart. Spreading the wealth and capping rewards is. Go BP...get it while you can.

silentmajority writes:

UT can kiss another $12 Million goodbye. Is it worth it?

How many VPs would that buy? How many 4-year college degrees?

richvol writes:

in response to VolDog25:

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Pearl needs two things...smarter players who don't make bonehead plays on a regular basis at critical times and players that will listen and take coaching. If he can't get these kind of players then he needs to get a 2 by 4.

BasketVols writes:

in response to silentmajority:

UT can kiss another $12 Million goodbye. Is it worth it?

How many VPs would that buy? How many 4-year college degrees?

Given the amount of revenue the Pearl administration has generated and will continue to generate, I'd say it a very wise fiscal decision to agree to a contract extension and raise for Bruce and his staff. Where was Tennessee Basketball four years ago?

If we are looking at this from a business standpoint, which I'm all for, continued and annually increasing growth merit the individual or individuals responsible for that growth to be justly compensated; especially when judged against average market standards of compensation for the aforementioned parties...

Is there any other way to do business? Anyone else with me on this?

BasketVols writes:

in response to VOLKING:

You need anger management. Or better yet....find another team to 'cheer' for. We won't mind...will we boys?

We don't call you "Vol King" for being wrong...

Nail meet Head, the King has just introduced the two of y'uns...

cc623 writes:

in response to The_Greater_Pumpkin:

Great! Bruce deserves the money! The revenue he has brought in compared to previous coaches is unmatched! 16 Home games that are averaging over 20,000 people! That is top 5 in the country. He earns every penny of his salary and is an unbelievable asset to our University and community. In the Wade and Buzz days, we were lucky to have 5,000 people in the stands. Congratulations Bruce! We hope you coach here for 25 more years and retire here!

Agree I remember the days of them literally giving away tickets to the men's basketball games trying to put butts in the seats and now the season tickets are sold out within 3 days and yet we have classless whiners still.We went from being the bottom of the SEC in basketball to playing/winning it outright every season and we still have whiny *sses complaining as if it is their money that Bruce is being paid.No man on this earth is perfect nor will they ever be and sooner or later every coach is going to have a year that does not live up to expectations(not that CBP didn't tell us all that last year was gonna be tough)and hopefully all involved have learned from it.

cc623 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Agree 100% Witch doctor!

BasketVols writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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A ha h aha jhahahahahha hahahahhahahahahahahahah hhhaaaaa.

Bones say take that!

BasketVols writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Can't, then I'd miss you getting owned time after time on this board...

Everyone must do what makes them happy, which you seem incapable of doing...

TopTenn writes:

10 years ago, we were not talking about the BB coach salary. Thanks CBP for a great job.

Go4Two writes:

in response to CharlotteVol:

I'm glad Hamilton takes a more long-term view than most of the unathletic, uneducated of this site.

Look at the entire body of work for a coach, not just one season. And before any of you idiots bring up Fulmer as a rebuttal........Fulmer's teams were steadily going down by any objective measure over the last 5 seasons. Winning the SEC East 2 seasons ago was more a matter of "last man standing" than it was about execution. We were at best the 4th best team in the SEC that season and it showed in the SEC Championship game and New Year's bowl loss.

Dumb statement. You are what you are. We were the second best team in the SEC that year. The Giants won the Super Bowl I'm guessing you would have ranked them as the 4the best team in the NFL that year.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to MrWilson:

Why is Pearl getting a raise? UT was blown out on TV a number of times last year!

A very young team that had to replace a lot of players and bring in a lot of new players. Bruce recruited well and has put us back on the map in basketball. Bottom line is pay him or lose him!!!

BasketVols writes:

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