'Leadership' not missing from UT's vocabulary

Pearl: Coaches can get wins, championships come 'from within'

Bruce Pearl: Final week of regular season play

The role of leadership as the Vols wrap up their season

"Leadership" was the word of the day in the Tennessee men's basketball program.

Coach Bruce Pearl talked about it at his Monday press conference, and then he opened practice discussing leadership issues with his players.

"Coaches can lead teams to victories, and we've led them to some victories,'' Pearl said at his press luncheon. "Coaches can't lead teams to championships - that has to come from within.''

Pearl said following UT's 70-69 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday that one of the Vols' problems this season has been a lack of leadership within the team.

Tennessee senior point guard Melvin Goins said on Saturday in response to Pearl's comment that the team did have leadership issues, "from the top all the way down.''

Pearl agreed, saying everyone had to improve in that area for the Vols (17-12, 7-7 SEC) to reach their potential to win at South Carolina (14-13, 5-9) on Thursday (TV: ESPN, 7 p.m.).

"We beat them here, but we didn't beat them soundly, it was a tight ball game,'' Pearl said, referencing UT's 73-67 victory over the Gamecocks on Feb. 16 in Knoxville. "We'll have to play significantly better to beat them there.''

Pearl said the team can improve by pushing one another and keeping teammates focused.

"Leadership is something that's needed everywhere, Melvin's right,'' Pearl said. "He needs (his) coach to do a better job leading, and we need players to do a better job leading, and that would be part of what might help us finish strong.

"Leadership is what do you do by making someone else better on the floor.''

Pearl proceeded to help his team get better on Monday by staging one of the most demanding and physical practices of the season.

"Hell yeah this was physical,'' UT junior Scotty Hopson said. "Last year at this time we were having shootarounds and walkthroughs.

"I saw a lot of anger and tension, guys releasing their frustrations. Coach Pearl knows how to manage this team and get us ready. I think this was needed.''

Pearl stopped play in the middle of practice and made the team run 11 full-court sprints in under one minute, 10 seconds, because one of the players appeared out of breath and placed his hands on his knees during a 4-on-4 scrimmage.

"Looks to me like we need some better conditioning,'' Pearl said as the players proceeded to rally around and encourage the exhausted teammate.

The conditioning run was stopped in the middle and re-started because a player missed a line, serving to send the message that nothing less than proper execution would be accepted.

"Leadership starts with me,'' Pearl said. "It's my job to assist our players to be in position to lead.''

Goins made it through the entire practice despite having three teeth pulled earlier in the day.

The only UT player who wasn't present was senior center Brian Williams, who was receiving treatment for an undisclosed back injury. Williams is not expected to miss the South Carolina game.

Second Place Scenario: The Vols can finish second in the SEC Eastern Division and earn a first-round bye in the upcoming SEC tournament by:

n Winning their final two games, against the Gamecocks and at home against Kentucky on Sunday.

n Having Vanderbilt lose at Kentucky tonight and at home to Florida on Saturday.

n Having Georgia lose one of its final remaining games at home against LSU Wednesday or at Alabama on Saturday.

That scenario would create a four-way tie, which UT would win by virtue of the best won-loss record in games between the four teams.

Kentucky would have position over the Vols in the event those two teams finished tied, while UT has the two-team tiebreakers over Georgia and South Carolina.

Beastly East: ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi projects six SEC teams to make the NCAA tournament field - five from the East.

Florida is projected as a No. 4 seed, Vanderbilt and Kentucky as No. 5 seeds, UT as a No. 9 seed and Georgia as a No. 11 seed. Alabama is projected as a No. 11 seed in a play-in game.

RPI Numbers: Tennessee was No. 34 in the RPI rankings with a strength of schedule that ranks No. 2 in the nation.

The Vols have 10 wins over teams in the top 60 of the RPI - more than any team in the nation. UT's next opponent, South Carolina, has an RPI of 116, while Kentucky is No. 15 in the RPI rankings.

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gwvolfan1#234788 writes:

Bruce as you said Goins was right leadership from top down not just from players but all coaches. Got to set the example for the players and lead by example. Don't understand this comment. Coaches can lead teams to victories, and we've led them to some victories,'' Pearl said at his press luncheon. "Coaches can't lead teams to championships - that has to come from within.'' Doesn't it take victories to win championships . Victories lead to championships

richvol writes:

Enough talk...let's see it on the court.

tnvol4ever writes:

Wish we could just go from one game to the next without any interviews or press conferences.

volaholic45 writes:

Coach calls out players. Player calls out coach. Coach sues for peace. Nothing shows you BP's weakened position better than that.

BP has no chance to get his mojo back until the NCAA wraps up their infernal "process," which is a punishment all it's own, besides the verdict to come. If he's not drawn and quartered, his coaching career might survive for some years to come. But until the NCAA pronounces, BP is a dead man walking.

My guess is that they will opt for moral preening at the expense of a man many have had the long knives out for a long time, and of a program that the bigtime basketball world will not miss. It will have very little to do with BP's crimes, and more to do with his foolish (and perhaps fatal) mistake of making himself vulnerable to those who can serve their own interests by destroying his.

77VolFS writes:

in response to gwvolfan1#234788:

Bruce as you said Goins was right leadership from top down not just from players but all coaches. Got to set the example for the players and lead by example. Don't understand this comment. Coaches can lead teams to victories, and we've led them to some victories,'' Pearl said at his press luncheon. "Coaches can't lead teams to championships - that has to come from within.'' Doesn't it take victories to win championships . Victories lead to championships

Yes, it takes victories, but it takes performance at critical times to get those victories to produce championships. Coaches can prepare for those moments, but they can only watch when it's time for the performance. The leadership issue is THE issue that's a difference maker this year - last year the Vols had it, this year they don't. Wayne Chism is a warrior, has the heart of a lion. Playing most of the SEC season hurt, he would put the team on his back and find a way to get the W. Similar to what Al Wilson did for the football Vols in '98. We don't have the leadership this year - top to bottom, on the court and off the court. All those close games we used to win are not being closed out this year.

VOLDoll writes:

Leadership???? under Bruce Pearl?
Now that is so damn funny! lol!

thevoice writes:

in response to VOLDoll:

Leadership???? under Bruce Pearl?
Now that is so damn funny! lol!

I'm trying to remember the last true leader we had. Chism came close. Looks to me like Pearl needs to fine tune his recruiting skills AND FIND A SAVVY LEADER!!!! Start with a point guard and kill two at once! Aside from Pearl's weenie roast, cover up, lying, then another secondary, this team's problems can be summed up by not recruiting the right kind of players.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Just ahead of my comments is predictably........a troll. In this case, a supposedly female troll.
In every topic, there is always going to be one of these, we can bet on it.

Moving right along, after taking a break in the wind sprints, at that point did they shoot a few free throws? We are in our comfort zone with South Carolina since it's a road game.

Come on Vols, let's get back on track.

volaholic45 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Not sayin' not his fault. Of course it is. Just sayin' that the advantage and leverage he has stupidly given others will most likely be used. Already is being used - to ill effect on BP and TN bball.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to gwvolfan1#234788:

Bruce as you said Goins was right leadership from top down not just from players but all coaches. Got to set the example for the players and lead by example. Don't understand this comment. Coaches can lead teams to victories, and we've led them to some victories,'' Pearl said at his press luncheon. "Coaches can't lead teams to championships - that has to come from within.'' Doesn't it take victories to win championships . Victories lead to championships

Yes you are correct...but Pearl was obviously talking about the desire to win...close games take something extra inside a player that UT's lacked. WE can't play down to the other team We have to play harder. SCRAPPY...with heart. If he didn't mean this then I guess I'm saying it. They can't wait till the last 6:00 minutes to find a desire to win. It also takes focus. We seem to lack focus also...this can be helped some at least by Coach. Benching unfocused players OR giving some more court time when they're doing well. Many times this year I've seen a player come out after doing something well? I'm just wondering if that's the way to go? Pressure has been tremendous from top down and I said in an earlier post just to let 'em loose some. Streetball....weelll maybe controlled streetball. NOT chaos! Not with this team. Let 'em play coach. It's a game.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to volaholic45:

Coach calls out players. Player calls out coach. Coach sues for peace. Nothing shows you BP's weakened position better than that.

BP has no chance to get his mojo back until the NCAA wraps up their infernal "process," which is a punishment all it's own, besides the verdict to come. If he's not drawn and quartered, his coaching career might survive for some years to come. But until the NCAA pronounces, BP is a dead man walking.

My guess is that they will opt for moral preening at the expense of a man many have had the long knives out for a long time, and of a program that the bigtime basketball world will not miss. It will have very little to do with BP's crimes, and more to do with his foolish (and perhaps fatal) mistake of making himself vulnerable to those who can serve their own interests by destroying his.

good points.

FlagwriterVol writes:

in response to 77VolFS:

Yes, it takes victories, but it takes performance at critical times to get those victories to produce championships. Coaches can prepare for those moments, but they can only watch when it's time for the performance. The leadership issue is THE issue that's a difference maker this year - last year the Vols had it, this year they don't. Wayne Chism is a warrior, has the heart of a lion. Playing most of the SEC season hurt, he would put the team on his back and find a way to get the W. Similar to what Al Wilson did for the football Vols in '98. We don't have the leadership this year - top to bottom, on the court and off the court. All those close games we used to win are not being closed out this year.

Exactly. This is what I stated in late December when we were getting shellacked by much inferior teams. Leadership within the ranks is key to success, and Scotty, Melvin, nor Brian are able to command the respect from teammates that leaders must earn through actions and consistently setting the example for all to emulate. In my opinion, Scotty could have (and should have) been the leader, but he just didn't want that role. There is a possibility that Tobias could step into that role next year as a Sophomore.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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"should I stay or should I go now"? (60s)
Whether Pearl stays or goes doesn't change the fact that you guys are haters...for You at least that's a far worse situation. No one can be happy hating people all the time. Pearl will be ok either way. Stay Go STAY GO.
I feel sorry for you.

brod writes:

it's a little late to start talking about leadership isn't it? try talking about it during christmas break, or after you get your a** blown out at home against charleston. can someone tell me what the he** he means by kool-aid drinker? i've heard that for a year or so now, but what the he** does it mean? i don't drink kool-aid, coffee and tea are my favorites. is the kool-aid thing an insided joke for people that still live in their parent's basement?

VOLHEAD writes:

Fundamentals, Gentlemen -- basic fundamentals. Make your free throws, minimize turnovers, play good defense, and you will win. That's it...

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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Well if he's not back prepare for another three decades of not mattering, black curtians back up at TBA, and maybe two nationally televised games a year.

WytheVol writes:

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You mean the tooth fairy isn't real? Damn...

CrankE writes:

This is precisely the kind of thing I'd like to read...in the preaseason. On March 1 though, it's whitewash.

The same team that can lose to Indianapolis can beat Villanova. The same team that can get routed by CoC can rout Pittsburgh at home. The problem isn't physical, it's mental.

Failing to have connected with their minds, Pearl works their butts. When Fulmer's teams stumbled, he too promised that they'd work like heck. What were the results?

At this point in the season, UT is what their record says they are. I won't stop cheering for them, but I must temper this with the knowledge that they could win or lose to any opponent they face.

richvol writes:

The kool-aid drinkers tried to say that the preseason loss to the kiddie school from Indianapolis didn't mean anything. Well,it meant a great deal as it showed just how committed these players were to playing up to their potential and just how effective Pearl was in getting their best efforts out of them.

This team was doomed from the start and it originates with Pearl's lack of integrity. The coach and leader of the team cannot set such a faulty example and be a beacon of leadership for his team.

If Pearl is suspended he needs to do the right thing and step down...even if Hamilton doesn't have the sense to correct the ship.

brokendownoldvol writes:

Let's face it. These players act like they would rather be in a dentist's chair than on the basketball court. Hard to figure kids these days.

sandiegovolunteer writes:

Right on about getting the crowd involved! As a TN alum and an San Diego St season ticket holder, there is no comparison in the crowd intensity. SDSU is wild and extremely loud the whole game. Then I turn on a TN game and it sounds like an open practice.

We the fans have to do our part. I think part of the issue at TN has always been that the big donors who tend to sit on their hands- are the ones that sit in areas than they can be heard.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Well if he's not back prepare for another three decades of not mattering, black curtians back up at TBA, and maybe two nationally televised games a year.

98- to 2001 was pretty successful. SEC championship. 4 NCAA appearances in a row. and a Sweet 16 appearance was pretty good. Dont you have faith that Hamilton can make a good hire? Or do you just think Bruce Pearl is the only coach alive that can win at UT?

Madkels writes:

I love the fact that CBP has brought the program to new levels of wins and excitement. Fans fill TBA and we are in the top 5 in attendance nationally.

If the question is leadership on the floor, then CBP needs to look at the kids he is recruiting. It seems that with the lack of leadership, poor free throw shooting, and poor guard play, we have to go after players that are disciplined and will fill these needs. CBP ability to motivate and coach has overcome the weakness in these areas.

carbonzip writes:

in response to volaholic45:

Coach calls out players. Player calls out coach. Coach sues for peace. Nothing shows you BP's weakened position better than that.

BP has no chance to get his mojo back until the NCAA wraps up their infernal "process," which is a punishment all it's own, besides the verdict to come. If he's not drawn and quartered, his coaching career might survive for some years to come. But until the NCAA pronounces, BP is a dead man walking.

My guess is that they will opt for moral preening at the expense of a man many have had the long knives out for a long time, and of a program that the bigtime basketball world will not miss. It will have very little to do with BP's crimes, and more to do with his foolish (and perhaps fatal) mistake of making himself vulnerable to those who can serve their own interests by destroying his.

Insightful comments. Big Basketball didn't like it last year when UT almost made the final four. That territory is for the Big East, Kansas, Kentucky, the Big Ten, the ACC, and a few small school Cinderellas.

Ideal outcome for the Vols this year would be to go out as NIT champions. Overcoming adversities and Bruce Pearl's fate would make great TV without interfering with Big Basketball interests.

samvol writes:

Does Pearl know what the He!! he's doing..why did it take a player to call him out about leadership to figure this out, is he confused. two games left and he’s talking about leadership..what happened to having this conversation at the beginning of the season.. I feel for the parents that believed in this "coach"

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Actually it was Flavor Aid. . .but since nobody knows what that is Kool Aid stuck.

govols1234567 writes:

blah blah blah mhm mhm, seriously doesn't it seem like this is the story every other week? Our team screws a game or 3 they should win and they all talk about rebounding and rallying the team. Or is it just me? We need some game proof. consistently. I thought maybe we found a groove against Vandy but a loss at home to a very average Miss State team proved otherwise.

sheep writes:

in response to thevoice:

I'm trying to remember the last true leader we had. Chism came close. Looks to me like Pearl needs to fine tune his recruiting skills AND FIND A SAVVY LEADER!!!! Start with a point guard and kill two at once! Aside from Pearl's weenie roast, cover up, lying, then another secondary, this team's problems can be summed up by not recruiting the right kind of players.

Good Call voice! This is the essence of the problems at UT, players that are undiciplined, and uncontrolable like in the MSU game where the team shot 6 threes in a row, and 4 in under 1 minute when the game was close, defines the type players we have. Chris Jones who we are believing to be the next point guard of this team, just got kicked out of one school and had to go to another, sounds familiar like the individuals we have here with the exception of a few. Players need character along with talent to be sucessful. None of these players could play for coach K at Duke, beacause he dosent recruit thugs and players that cant make it in the real world. As long as Bruce recruits players that are of the "individual attitude", then we will have seasons like this. Bruce is a great motivator, and sales a program like no other coach I have ever seen, but motivation and salesmanship do not win championships. Most teams with championship caliber talent, have integrity, and are able to play together, without worring about who is in the game. Goins only passes to certain players(watch the game and see for yourself), and that will never be enough to garner leadership in the lockeroom, or on the court. Both Pearl and Goins need to stop talking about leadership, and focus on getting that done on the court, and in their personal lives. I do not know what everyone is thinking saying that we are in the NCAA tourney, because if we dont win out,then we have no shot of making it, because we will not win the SEC tourney.
BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Go Big Orange says the Sheep

freevol writes:

hows things in austin texas this morning?or at nova?how can a team look unbeatable for weeks then play like its their first time?all us vol fans waiting for this team to get back on track.first seven games i saw a team play half court offense and defense.their heads not right now and thats on the coach.should bp be fired not at this point.another year all you folks proclaiming to know so much will be on the cbp bandwagon

utk1996 writes:

We all need to face reality. Coach Pearl isn't going to be here next year. He, and Tennessee, are going to get hammered. So we need to start discussing who would be a good replacement for Pearl. Should we go after a mid-major coach? An established head coach? An assistant?

1vavolfan writes:

I would trade all of the leadership in the world for SOMEONE THAT COULD MAKE A JUMP SHOT!!!!!!!!

martinvol34 writes:

in response to bankofdad3:

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And hopefully you'll choke on it and croak so we don't have to see your idiotic posts any longer.

kingofthevols writes:

Bruce is one to talk about leadership. Seems to me he hasn't been a shining example himself.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to bankofdad3:

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So you'll basically be eating navy chow.. Nice!! LOL

kingofthevols writes:

in response to utk1996:

We all need to face reality. Coach Pearl isn't going to be here next year. He, and Tennessee, are going to get hammered. So we need to start discussing who would be a good replacement for Pearl. Should we go after a mid-major coach? An established head coach? An assistant?

Rick Byrd, Belmont
Mike Young, Wofford
Lawrence Frank, assistant, Boston Celtics

Cordova_Vol writes:

in response to CrankE:

This is precisely the kind of thing I'd like to read...in the preaseason. On March 1 though, it's whitewash.

The same team that can lose to Indianapolis can beat Villanova. The same team that can get routed by CoC can rout Pittsburgh at home. The problem isn't physical, it's mental.

Failing to have connected with their minds, Pearl works their butts. When Fulmer's teams stumbled, he too promised that they'd work like heck. What were the results?

At this point in the season, UT is what their record says they are. I won't stop cheering for them, but I must temper this with the knowledge that they could win or lose to any opponent they face.

Could not have said it better myself. So, I won't try. Spot on, CrankE, spot on.

utk1996 writes:

in response to kingofthevols:

Rick Byrd, Belmont
Mike Young, Wofford
Lawrence Frank, assistant, Boston Celtics

Rick Byrd is one I haven't thought of. I know he has ties to the university. Boy, he has basically created the Belmont program. I think Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech is an underrated coach who does a good job with limited facilities. He reminds me of Pearl in a way and think he could be a good fit at Tennessee. Of course Brad Stevens and Mark Few would be great gets but I don't think there is any way they would take on what is going to be the mess left behind by Pearl.

govols1234567 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Try 7-6 under Kiffin. Its ok buddy, nice try though

carbonzip writes:

The leader of the team is the head coach. He prepares the team for the game, calls the offense and defense sets, makes the substitutions, and calls the timeouts. It's up to the head coach to adjust to the opponents' schemes and change his own team's as needed. It's the head coache's job to make sure the players learn from their mistakes and provide them with the information they need to make the right decisions. He responsible for making substitutions that either maintains or boosts the team's performance. Step up coach!

govols1234567 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Also, with you being a Vandy fan im not entirely sure your one to talk. Tennessee has been through a lot, but Vandy has sunk so low they see the struggles at Tennessee as a victory for Vandy somehow. Tennessee's struggles is all you can look forward to, and their about to end

kingofthevols writes:

in response to utk1996:

Rick Byrd is one I haven't thought of. I know he has ties to the university. Boy, he has basically created the Belmont program. I think Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech is an underrated coach who does a good job with limited facilities. He reminds me of Pearl in a way and think he could be a good fit at Tennessee. Of course Brad Stevens and Mark Few would be great gets but I don't think there is any way they would take on what is going to be the mess left behind by Pearl.

You hit on a good point. The longer the administration lets this situation drag on with Pearl, the more unattractive the job becomes. I'm not sure Byrd would take it with several years probation and scholarship reductions looming.

It's ironic that the coach who has brought UT to unparalleled heights in men's basketball is the same coach who will ultimately take the program to the greatest depths.

utk1996 writes:

in response to kingofthevols:

You hit on a good point. The longer the administration lets this situation drag on with Pearl, the more unattractive the job becomes. I'm not sure Byrd would take it with several years probation and scholarship reductions looming.

It's ironic that the coach who has brought UT to unparalleled heights in men's basketball is the same coach who will ultimately take the program to the greatest depths.

It is ironic. And so frustrating because it didn't have to be this way. The violations were secondary and would have been forgotton by now had he simply admitted his guilt. Why he panicked and lied is something I will never understand. I mean, it's human nature to deny guilt...but when you KNOW they have the evidence how could you still choose to lie??? And then four days after your apology how could you commit ANOTHER violation??? No matter how insignificant? It defies belief. I really hate to say it, and I have tried to defend Pearl, but the university at this point would be better served to cut their losses, hope to win the PR battle, and go ahead and move in a different direction. And as Bill Simmons would say...I will now light myself on fire.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to kingofthevols:

Rick Byrd, Belmont
Mike Young, Wofford
Lawrence Frank, assistant, Boston Celtics

No, no and no. . .Byrd I've been over before, he doesn't have a consistant history of winning his confrence or making it to the NCAA tournament and he's not going to bring any excitment to this basketball program. . .if we hire him hope you enjoy those Wednesday night local games because that's all we'll be getting while a number of other SEC teams move forward with thier programs instead of backwards.

Mike Young has only been the head coach of Wofford and only made the tournament once never advancing past the first round, what exactly qualifies him to coach Tennessee. SoCon coaches don't have the best track record once they leave the SoCon.

As for Frank. . .yeah let's bring in one of O'Neal's deciples. We don't need retreads who have never been college basketball head coaches.

tennrich1 writes:

I gotta tell you guys I went to a Memphis Tigers site the other day to get a feel for what's going on with their program(you want to talk disarray?fire the coach, fire the players, recruit...yada yada yada..sound familiar)and there were UT folks on their acting EXACTLY like these dribblers that come to our sites and sound like third graders....The first emotion I had after reading one of their post was disgust and embarrassment....IF WE DISLIKE IT SO MUCH HOW BOUT WE STAY OFF THEIR SITES DOING THE EXACT SAME THING....Makes you wonder who started the trolling first...Us or them!!!

allntl1#565211 writes:

Lead us Bruce and we will follow you. We will storm the gates of NCAA jail and free you from the tyranny against you my friend.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to kingofthevols:

You hit on a good point. The longer the administration lets this situation drag on with Pearl, the more unattractive the job becomes. I'm not sure Byrd would take it with several years probation and scholarship reductions looming.

It's ironic that the coach who has brought UT to unparalleled heights in men's basketball is the same coach who will ultimately take the program to the greatest depths.

Nobody could possibly take this program any lower than Wade Houston. The Pearl haters need to realize if it does come to pass that we have to find a new coach, the next guy is only a stopgap, and odds are in three years he'll be fired anyways. We're going to have to settle for a Byrd type coach with no proven track record who looks at this job as a stepping stone. . .then when he screws things up and we have to rebuild the whole program again from scratch, and remove the black curtains once more, except if Hamilton's gone and replaced by a "football guy" it'll be Doug Dickey all over again and you won't see a winning basketball program for another 20 years.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to utk1996:

Rick Byrd is one I haven't thought of. I know he has ties to the university. Boy, he has basically created the Belmont program. I think Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech is an underrated coach who does a good job with limited facilities. He reminds me of Pearl in a way and think he could be a good fit at Tennessee. Of course Brad Stevens and Mark Few would be great gets but I don't think there is any way they would take on what is going to be the mess left behind by Pearl.

Seth Greenberg has only taken Virginia Tech to the NCAA tournament one time. . .he never took South Florida. . .again what qualifications does he have to be UT's coach?

Coaching at Gonzaga isn't like coaching at a BCS confrence school, and we're not going to get Few anyways.

Now that he's playing with his own players instead of Lickliter's recruits (who failed miserably at Iowa btw.) Butler's luster is gone, they're not that good and are an NCAA bubble team.

utk1996 writes:

Pearl has proven that you can win, and win big at UT. I would think that has to be attractive to a number of qualified coaches. Like I said earlier, I like Greenberg at VT. What about Tubby Smith (I think he would like to be back in the SEC)? I don't think there are necessarily a lot of coaches out there that would want to take over a mess, but this can be a big-time job with great facilities and fan support. I would hope we would hire a proven head coach.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to utk1996:

Pearl has proven that you can win, and win big at UT. I would think that has to be attractive to a number of qualified coaches. Like I said earlier, I like Greenberg at VT. What about Tubby Smith (I think he would like to be back in the SEC)? I don't think there are necessarily a lot of coaches out there that would want to take over a mess, but this can be a big-time job with great facilities and fan support. I would hope we would hire a proven head coach.

Jerry Green proved you could win big, Ray Mears did the same thing, and both were followed up with failures as coaches. Greenberg has never won big, he's taken Virgnia Teach to the dance once, he never took South Florida. He took Long Beach State a couple of times back in the mid 90's, that's not good enough. Why bring in Tubby? That's not going to excite the fan base.

Face facts, the next coach will probably not be qualified to be our next head coach, we'll take him because we don't have any other choice and he'll be gone in a couple of years when he screws up what Bruce has established.

brod writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Nobody could possibly take this program any lower than Wade Houston. The Pearl haters need to realize if it does come to pass that we have to find a new coach, the next guy is only a stopgap, and odds are in three years he'll be fired anyways. We're going to have to settle for a Byrd type coach with no proven track record who looks at this job as a stepping stone. . .then when he screws things up and we have to rebuild the whole program again from scratch, and remove the black curtains once more, except if Hamilton's gone and replaced by a "football guy" it'll be Doug Dickey all over again and you won't see a winning basketball program for another 20 years.

obviously this guy didn't follow the vols during the mid 90's. he has no concept of what rock bottom is. i don't think that very many people that post on here do. andy kennedy is a he** of a coach and should be able to establish a memphis - knoxvile pipeline. as far as this thursday's game, pearl is right on. they must play better than they did when the teams played in knoxville or it will be yet another one in the L column.

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