All he wears now is his wedding ring, but recruiting is a different story.
"Occasionally, my (assistant) coaches make me wear one of the rings we've won,'' Pearl said. "I usually don't wear them. I want the kids to, though, especially the ones that move on.''
July, however, is about the prospects who might be coming to Tennessee.
Pearl has four rings won at UT to choose from: 2006 SEC East Division championship, 2008 SEC championship, 2009 SEC East Division championship, 2010 Elite Eight.
Image won't be everything when UT coaches hit the road for various AAU basketball tournaments around the country, but it's certainly worth something.
"Every marketer and every company is looking for a brand, or something they are known for,'' Pearl said. "There had been so much (coaching) turnover (at Tennessee), when you thought of men's basketball here, what did you think of?''
Pearl has created a clear-cut image.
High-scoring televised games. Top-notch schedule. Crowds of 20,000 in orange. An enthusiastic coach.
There's still progress left to be made, however.
"I've seen a complete and total change nationally in our image,'' Pearl said. "Memphis is a different animal. There's a love-hate relationship with the Vols in Memphis. They love us, or they don't.
"But Dane Bradshaw, J.P. Prince, Wayne Chism - you can't ask for better poster children.''
Early Look At SEC: Pearl said Florida is the team that will be picked to win the SEC, even with Kentucky landing another monster recruiting class.
"Billy Donovan has had several years of really, really good recruiting,'' Pearl said. "They will be by far the most talented team in the SEC.''
Pearl said Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia will be lumped together in a race for second and NCAA tournament bids.
"And Georgia is not going to be picked to finish fifth (in the SEC East) on my list,'' Pearl said.
That means Vanderbilt or Kentucky will be picked fifth, and based on thoughts Pearl has shared on the Wildcats, it would seem he'll pick the Commodores fifth.
"Kentucky brings in another No. 1 recruiting class,'' he said. "They lost more than anybody, but they brought in more than anybody.
"They're not going to be as talented as they were; that's why I put Florida in front of them.''
Quick Takes: Pearl's not shy about putting returning center Brian Williams on the spot.
"Brian benefited greatly from playing next to J.P. (Prince), Tyler (Smith) and Wayne (Chism),'' Pearl said. "He flourished at the end, but Brian has had a very average career at Tennessee.''
Pearl said Williams has performed as expected, but taking his game to another level will be a challenge.
"Brian will get a lot more attention,'' Pearl said. "Can he score more, can he do a better job at the foul line?''
Pearl said junior Cameron Tatum is first in line to take over on the wing, while Renaldo Woolridge also will compete there.
"Scotty (Hopson) has gotten more consistent shooting, but he's still more of a breakdown guy,'' Pearl said, referring to the shooting guard position. " Melvin Goins (point guard) can get in the lane and score, but can he get in the lane and make others better?''
Pearl repeatedly drilled Goins on court awareness last season, telling him it's not a matter of passing when Goins is ready, rather, when his teammates get open.
"Tobias (Harris), you get the ball in his hands and he can make plays for himself and others,'' Pearl said, referring to the incoming freshman power forward, whose role will likely mimic that of Tyler Smith's.
The New Guys: Pearl hasn't said Harris will start at the four, but it's likely the New York recruit is penciled in.
The other two signees, guard Trae Golden and wing Jordan McRae, have work to do if they are to see significant playing time.
"Trae is more physically ready to play in the SEC . . . he has to work on his quickness,'' Pearl said. "His body would remind people of Chris Lofton; a little stocky, looks a little slow, but gets the job done. He has a toughness about him.''
McRae is built more like former UT player JaJuan Smith.
"Jordan is physically not as ready, but he's a jumping jack, long and athletic,'' Pearl said. "Potentially, he's a great shooter.''
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. He may be reached at email@example.com.