Pearl is waiting for review

Harris' dad says son will enter NBA draft if coach is forced out

Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl walks off the court after the Vols lost 75-45 to the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Friday, March 18, 2011.

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Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl walks off the court after the Vols lost 75-45 to the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Friday, March 18, 2011.

Tobias Harris on his future with the team

Bruce Pearl doesn't know when his job evaluation will take place with the University of Tennessee administration or what his future holds.

Torrel Harris Sr. doesn't know where his son, freshman All-American Tobias Harris, will be playing basketball next season.

"As far as Tobias' future at Tennessee, it depends on if Bruce Pearl will be there,'' Harris Sr., a former NBA agent, said Saturday.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said in an interview with WNML that aired Wednesday that Pearl's future as coach is uncertain and could hedge on his job evaluation.

The men's basketball program faces allegations of 10 major violations, including an unethical conduct charge against Pearl for lying to NCAA investigators. UT is scheduled to go before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis on June 10-11.

Pearl, who has coached the Vols the past six seasons, has been working under a Letter of Appointment since learning on Sept. 9, 2010, that his contract was being terminated.

"I would anticipate my review would be taking place shortly,'' Pearl said Saturday. "My hope is that when I'm reviewed, we'll take into account the good with the bad.''

The Vols' school-record sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance was a short one, ending Friday with a 75-45 loss to Michigan in a second-round game at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

Torrel Harris blamed UT's poor performance on Hamilton's untimely comments.

"Tobias and the team went through so much adversity this year, and they still made the NCAA tournament, and that's hard as hell to accomplish,'' said Torrel Harris.

"So you get to the point where you're in the NCAA tournament, it's a new season at 0-0, then the AD says 'we don't know about your coach,' '' he said. "That threw everybody's psyche off, because all the guys love Bruce Pearl.

"Mike Hamilton blew them away.''

Pearl reiterated he doesn't blame Hamilton's interview for the team's embarrassing loss.

"The timing was unfortunate, but it's no excuse for our becoming unraveled in the second half,'' Pearl said. "One of the things about this season, our players and coaches have felt the pressures of the situation throughout it.

"So to say that the pressure was brought on at the end, while it was surprising, uncomfortable and difficult to hear, it's not an excuse, and Mike Hamilton should not be blamed for our loss,'' he said. "It was definitely not Mike's intention to be disruptive.''

Hamilton, who has not made any public comments or returned calls to the News Sentinel since last Wednesday, apologized to Pearl and his coaching staff Wednesday night.

Still, Torrel Harris said he believed the university administration when it said it was going to stand behind Pearl.

"Coach Pearl is our coach,'' UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek said at a Nov. 19 news conference. "He's going to be our coach for many, many years. We're going to get through this adversity and we're going to be stronger as a result of it.''

Torrel Harris said the departure of support weighed heavily on the players.

"So instead of the players thinking about the game, they start thinking about coach Pearl being gone if they lose,'' he said. "That's the pressure the AD put on the kids, and those kids haven't dealt with and aren't ready for that kind of pressure.''

Torrel Harris said if UT doesn't retain Pearl, it forces his son to turn professional.

Underclassmen have until April 24 to declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft. If they do not sign an agent, they can be evaluated and return with eligibility.

But a new NCAA rule makes underclassmen declare by May 8 if they are staying in the draft. Previously, the date was in mid-June - and that's still the NBA's rule, much to the advantage of European players.

"So if coach Pearl isn't still here, and there isn't a new coach, and you don't know about the NCAA infractions, you have a really short window to decide,'' Torrel Harris said. "You don't want to transfer and sit out a year, so we don't really have any choice left but to go pro if Bruce isn't there any more.''

Tobias Harris, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, is projected as a late first-round pick by Draftexpress.com and NBADraft.net.

"We'll just take it one step at a time,'' Torrel Harris said, "and support Bruce as best as we can.''

On Twitter, Tobias Harris sent out a tweet Saturday morning that said: "Wish yesterday was just a dream I could wake up from ..."

2011-12 Schedule: UT associate head coach Tony Jones worked on the schedule for next season on Saturday.

"We're in discussions to play a high-major opponent from the ACC, Big East or Big 12 in a home-and-home,'' Jones said. "There's also a good chance we'll get a home game in the SEC/Big East challenge."

Jones said UT plays at Oakland and at the College of Charleston next season in addition to at Memphis. UT will also play home games against UNC Asheville and Austin Peay, according to Jones.

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volguy#211935 writes:

Such a sad situation. If Bruce had just admitted to NCAA investigators that the stupid cookout (minor violation) was at his house, none of this would have happened/be happening/will happen. Ugh... Just sickening because he lied to the NCAA.

collegegrad writes:

If they do fire Pearl, no other university would hire him because of so much liability surrounding this case. So, his career as a basketball coach at the university level would be over. Where he goes from there, who knows?

1volfanatic writes:

It has been nice to see Vols b-ball do good for a few years. Back to the drawing board I guess. Hamilton is hopefully gonna be gone.....SOOOON!

wazzya69vol writes:

Maybe Torrel Harris should be the next AD, and keep Bruce,,,,and Tobias. lol GBO!!

rab63 writes:

So with six seniors leaving and Tobias leaving, it looks like Tyler Summitt has a good shot at landing a position with the starting five....

give_him_6 writes:

Thanks Mike!!! Who else was in on the "hatchet job"? I tend to agree with Mr. Harris that it was maybe on purpose and quite ill timed. Tell me this Mr. Hamilton, what really were your qualifications to be our AD?

iowavol writes:

This testimony from mr. Harris should be the nail in hamilton's coffin.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Three points here.1.Has anyone forgot the season that we went through and the way we went through it. The team went on a three month down hill slide and Bruce was so hard headed that he made no changes in trying to reverse the slide. He didn't try to press. He played 12 players in every game even though we beat Memphis by 20 when we cut the lineup down to 9. He continued playing his son significant minutes when he didn't deserve to be on the floor. Maybe there was no solving this teams problems because they didn't have enough talent but he could have at least been open minded and changed things up.2 Everybody wonders why coach cal gets the best players in the country every year. The reason is because the best players in the nation know that if they come to UK they will play 40 minutes a game. I don't know what Tobias was thinking because he played about 30 minutes a game and this is the main reason he did not make the freshman all american first team. So that is the reason we can't get good talent and with his tarnted reputation that is even going to be more of a problem.3.Who would you prefer as your coach. Coach Pearl, who everyone that isn't a UT fan laughs at when you bring up his name, or a class act like the Stevens guy that coaches at Butler? So before you the UT fan base throw your support behind a coach that is going to have us in severe trouble for the next couple of years stop and think about these things.

Pullingguard writes:

Pearl has been an asset to UT, really bringing UT into the conversation of college Basketball. However, all the problems facing the UT basketball team is riding on the shoulders of Bruce Pearl, he made mistakes and lied about them to the wrong people.. Hopefully there will be a quick resolution to this, either keep him or let him go within the week, its a University decision, dont think pressure can change that.

newtonrail writes:

in response to collegegrad:

If they do fire Pearl, no other university would hire him because of so much liability surrounding this case. So, his career as a basketball coach at the university level would be over. Where he goes from there, who knows?

Not hardly. He may have to sit out a year in a TV booth. SD State is advancing to Round of 16. Oh yeah, that's Michigan's Fab Five ex coach who had them on probation, etc in early 90's. Steve Fisher. How many times did Tark the Shark come back. Sampson's at a NAIA school now.

rootin4volz writes:

"It was definitely not Mike's intention to be disruptive.''
Perhaps not, but why even freakin' TALK about it, Mike, TWO DAYS BEFORE PLAYING IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT? I think if I were Joe DiPietro, I'd have to call into question my AD's judgement.

justice_served writes:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/64...

Is Knoxville a town that cannibalizes it's coaches when a problem arises or a season doesn't go as well as expected? Bruce Pearl lied, it was wrong, but does the punishment of termination balance with what he has done for the University of Tennessee Basketball Program? If we lose Pearl, we fall into the very real possiblility of falling into basketball irrelevance for a long, long, long time. Have we become so self- righteous that we become unforgiving when someone makes a mistake. As far as the Haslam connection, in Farragut, the Pilot Gas Station has a sign under legal scrutiny for not conforming to town standards. As I understand it, the sign was grand- fathered in before they changed it...and now the grand-father status doesn't apply. Is this a violation of laws or deemed dishonest by anyone. I personally could care less about the sign issue, but if we are going to persecute someone for an offense, when does it start and when does it end. The only person I believe should be terminated is Mike Hamiltion. As far as the media talking heads looking for the next big scoop, I say to true vol fans, consider the motives of these egomaniacs. Keep Pearl...if we suffer a 1-2 year ban on post season, then so be it... better than being irrelevant for who knows how long. I have been a vol fan for a few decades and I know how lean times can be and I also know when we have a good thing. Lets keep a good thing
...

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Replacements- I love the Stevens guy from Butler but I doubt he would come into this mess. How about the Chris Mooney guy that coaches at Richmond. Both are young mid-major coaches and that has been Hamilton's mo.

samvol writes:

Good luck in the Pro's Tobias....

TommyJack writes:

in response to collegegrad:

If they do fire Pearl, no other university would hire him because of so much liability surrounding this case. So, his career as a basketball coach at the university level would be over. Where he goes from there, who knows?

That's simply not true.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to newtonrail:

Not hardly. He may have to sit out a year in a TV booth. SD State is advancing to Round of 16. Oh yeah, that's Michigan's Fab Five ex coach who had them on probation, etc in early 90's. Steve Fisher. How many times did Tark the Shark come back. Sampson's at a NAIA school now.

In 2008 Sampson was hit with a 5 yr show cause. Somehow the math just doesn't add up. What NAIA school is he coaching? I thought he was with the Bucks.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

My rankings for what I hope happens

1.) We keep Pearl and Hamilton gets fired
2.) We keep Pearl and continue to be stuck with Hamilton
3.) We lose Pearl but Hamilton goes with him
4.) We lose Pearl and are stuck with Hamilton.

TheREALFightSong writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Replacements- I love the Stevens guy from Butler but I doubt he would come into this mess. How about the Chris Mooney guy that coaches at Richmond. Both are young mid-major coaches and that has been Hamilton's mo.

Yeah, pretty much no chance Stevens leaves Butler, where he has a 12-year extension and a team that consistently makes the Sweet 16, to go to Tennessee, where he might have to deal with restrictions from Pearl's mess.

Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor is another guy getting a lot of national attention, but if Bruce has to go, I personally would love to see us go after Shaka Smart from VCU.

Voluvr writes:

Ham's not leaving and neither is Pearl if the NCAA comes back fair. The only way they let him go before that is if they have another top 10 coach lined up.....unlikely.

Mike made an "inexperienced" comment after the question from Hyams I think ? He should have said, "this isn't the time to talk about anything in the future for the program...we've got a game to win." Period. Lesson learned.

Ham gets a pass too. These are uncharted waters with 109,000 experts on what UT should do. Ham's staying, and Pearl too if the NCAA comes back <1yr. susp.

If Pearl gets 1 yr. susp. and Tressell doesn't get more....we know the Orange Envy fix is on!

VolunteerLifer writes:

Seems to me that Bruce won't be our basketball coach next year whether he is fired or retained. Because if he is retained, he will likely be suspended for next year by the ncaa. That's not a guaranteed outcome, but it certainly is a realistic possibility. That puts the Harris's in this position: It's May 7, and you have to declare or lose the opportunity in 24 hours. Bruce has not been fired, but a decision on his ncaa punishment is not due til Sept. So do you take the chance that he will still be the coach come September, or do you take the money and run?

So the decision as to whether to fire Pearl should not come down to whether it means Harris will leave or stay.

CookeVegasVolFan writes:

Before Pearl.....empty TB Arena, NIT = success

During Pearl...#1 ranking, National recognition, NCAA Tournament (almost always), Elite Eight, etc. etc.

After Pearl (see before Pearl)....

He screwed up..yes. But without Pearl UT Mens B-Ball is headed for the a LONG DARK JOURNEY through the wildnerss of who cares.

1vavolfan writes:

in response to newtonrail:

Not hardly. He may have to sit out a year in a TV booth. SD State is advancing to Round of 16. Oh yeah, that's Michigan's Fab Five ex coach who had them on probation, etc in early 90's. Steve Fisher. How many times did Tark the Shark come back. Sampson's at a NAIA school now.

Yup,all of Fisher's players were getting paid by a booster. He gets UM put on probation and all of the banners taken down. Looks like he landed on his feet. Common denominator.....winning!

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

I have been telling you guys all year, that if CBP goes, so will Harris. We need BOTH of them! GBO!

DMyles writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Yup,all of Fisher's players were getting paid by a booster. He gets UM put on probation and all of the banners taken down. Looks like he landed on his feet. Common denominator.....winning!

The difference is Bruce Pearl turned somebody in a long time ago for giving a recruit a car and that is why he was blackballed for so many years.

orangeblood8456 writes:

cbp and his staff are one of the best in the ncaa.slive and espn turned their heads on auburn so slive could have another sec champ and espn could have two undefeated teams playing for the nc and make tons of money. their message to kids just keep lying and we'll take care of everything.

Munsterlander writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Three points here.1.Has anyone forgot the season that we went through and the way we went through it. The team went on a three month down hill slide and Bruce was so hard headed that he made no changes in trying to reverse the slide. He didn't try to press. He played 12 players in every game even though we beat Memphis by 20 when we cut the lineup down to 9. He continued playing his son significant minutes when he didn't deserve to be on the floor. Maybe there was no solving this teams problems because they didn't have enough talent but he could have at least been open minded and changed things up.2 Everybody wonders why coach cal gets the best players in the country every year. The reason is because the best players in the nation know that if they come to UK they will play 40 minutes a game. I don't know what Tobias was thinking because he played about 30 minutes a game and this is the main reason he did not make the freshman all american first team. So that is the reason we can't get good talent and with his tarnted reputation that is even going to be more of a problem.3.Who would you prefer as your coach. Coach Pearl, who everyone that isn't a UT fan laughs at when you bring up his name, or a class act like the Stevens guy that coaches at Butler? So before you the UT fan base throw your support behind a coach that is going to have us in severe trouble for the next couple of years stop and think about these things.

Dude, 3 points: 1) There is nothing so profound in your post that you need to repeat it across articles. 2) Thank you for the enlightenment. Don't know why I didn't think of it before - of course Cal gets all the players because he plays them all 40 minutes a game 30+ games a year. I'm sure that's exactly what every high school player is focused on. I'm sure it has nothing to do with maybe 20 other factors ranging from coaching style to program success to just personally clicking with others players and the staff. Thankfully Harris wasn't inflicted with your myopic thinking process. 3) You and the whole throw-Pearl-under-the-bus crowd make me sick. Sanctimonious, judgemental peabrains. He may be gone and it will be his fault if he is, but this holier than thou cr@p is pathetic. Remember this next time your kid lies to you.

FWBVol writes:

in response to Voluvr:

Ham's not leaving and neither is Pearl if the NCAA comes back fair. The only way they let him go before that is if they have another top 10 coach lined up.....unlikely.

Mike made an "inexperienced" comment after the question from Hyams I think ? He should have said, "this isn't the time to talk about anything in the future for the program...we've got a game to win." Period. Lesson learned.

Ham gets a pass too. These are uncharted waters with 109,000 experts on what UT should do. Ham's staying, and Pearl too if the NCAA comes back <1yr. susp.

If Pearl gets 1 yr. susp. and Tressell doesn't get more....we know the Orange Envy fix is on!

First, I doubt if UT will wait for the NCAA's final decision in June before making a final decision about Pearl. Waiting that long only harms everyone involved; the university, the players, Pearl and the fans. Hamilton and the powers that be must make the decision about Pearl and make it quickly.

Whether the decision is to keep him or to can him, then it needs to be made no later than Wednesday. IMO Wednesday seems like the best day to make an announcement as the Lady Vols play Monday night and you don't want to steal their thunder. By making whatever the announcement is Wednesday it gives the Lady Vols a day to get credit for what we are all hoping will be another win. It also be another two or three days before their next game.

As for Hamilton making an inexperienced comment, the guy was an assistant or associated AD at UT from 1992-2003 and he's been AD since 2003 so that hardly qualifies as being inexperienced.

I do agree he should have tried to pass on the question with a comment like you suggested. But anything short of him responding that Pearl's job was safe was going to create a stir concerning CBP's future as the Tennessee basketball coach.

FWBVol writes:

It seems like Harris Sr. is trying to hardball the Tennessee athletic department. The kid is good, but nobody is bigger than the program.

I understand the NBA is making things tougher by having an earlier date for underclassmen to declare for the draft, but at best, even if Pearl is retained, Harris will probably be history after his sophomore year.

jamalamerican31 writes:

My question is this....our players, Bruce, and Tony Jones have all had to answer questions about Mike Hamilton's comments. Mike Hamilton has apparently apologized to Bruce, but where has this COWARD gone? He hasn't made any public comments about his idiotic decision to make stupid comments about Bruce before the biggest moment in these kids' lives. Let's not lose what is the most important thing...these student athletes agree to GIVE IT THEIR ALL FOR TENNESSEE TODAY. Mike Hamilton sold them out, not Bruce. He owes them more and has done nothing to let those of us that love and root for those athletes that he has their best interest in mind. The atlete's best interest is the #1 job priority of any AD. While we fans get a lot of excitement and some disappointment from our sthletes, we all love them for what they represent, and we expect the University to give them all the tools for sucess. Mike Hamilton has continually failed at this. I know he is responsible for a lot of student athletes and sports, but an AD is not expected, or paid, to fail in any of his/her sports. Bruce embarassed our University in 1 sport, Mike has embarassed our University in 3 sports.

TennVol01 writes:

I truly dislike when a parent of a star athlete steps up and threatens the school ... "do what I ask or I am telling my son to make a move." Tobias Harris is good sometimes, and occasionally he is great. But he is no Michael Jordon. I grade all the player on that second half of the Michigan game ... and they all get an "F". If you cannot play through adversity, then you are too immature to advance to the next level. During the losing games during this past season, Harris seemed to be just standing around ... looking lost.

That said, I am guessing UT wants to release Pearl so that the NCAA will be more lenient come June. Plus, if you release him now, you have a ton of job candidates in the tournament to approach. Waiting until June will be too late to find a new coach.

My personal opinion is that Pearl is one of the top five coaches in the NCAA. He brought basketball alive here at UT. His name will be carved in UT basketball history for his work. But he did break a number of rules and if he was not such a great coach, he would have been gone before the SEC season started.

I blame Hamilton for the terrible way he has handled this mess and the Kiffin mess. Hamilton should go if Pearl goes. Clean house and start fresh. Fans will recover if Pearl has to leave, but they will be in an uproar if Hamilton stays.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

I'm still confused. Lying about eating at a cook-out is worse than lying about receiving payments and illegal benefits?

Bruce Pearl must cook one hell of a steak!

JimmyJoe writes:

This whole thing is just a freaking mess. We have never had anyone question our integrity before as a university.... I think this has nothing to do with forgiveness... He cheated...he lied...he cried...he cheated some more.... CBP gets paid a lot of money to do his job...part of his job is to represent this university and this state...he failed. It's not about winning and losing or what he has done for the program or the community... Those are important things... But they get trumped when you are dishonest...it also doesn't matter what is happening in someone else's program...this is our university.....and up until CBP and that snake out in California came along....integrity meant something... At least that is what we are teaching our kids...what is different here?....because we want to win some games? We all know what the right call is here...we can try to justify it and spin it any way we want....but we here in East Tennessee... We know what is right... Just saying....

cubs_fantoo#1339500 writes:

in response to collegegrad:

If they do fire Pearl, no other university would hire him because of so much liability surrounding this case. So, his career as a basketball coach at the university level would be over. Where he goes from there, who knows?

Collegegrad, by the tell of your title you have a little education? But have you been awake during the past few years of college sports? Look at all that has gone on in and around the nation with the major programs and the NCAA. Kelvin Sampson ran Oklahoma into the ground, but Indiana hired right up. He repeated and is now in the pros.

Calhoun did similar to Pearl, he is still on the job, but do you think no one would hire him? Jim Tressell did the same thing as Pearl, but dont see him gone either. I get where you are going, but dont think for a second that he doesnt still have life in his sail and will resurrect another program to the elite.

There are major programs who are cutting corners. Dont worry, Duke will never be caught because they have too many educated white men around them. Kentucky wont get caught because they are the life line to basketball, and if the NCAA didnt turn a blind eye to a lot of phooey behind ESPN, there would be no sports.

All future events will suck for Tennessee if they fire Pearl after their steadfast yell from the mountains of their support to retain the coach. Furthermore, not the four previous coaches who have told the truth about Tennessee athletics abroad. Who would want to come here after that?

Not to mention that we are in the middle of no where and the only thing to land a recruit would be the coach. Not too many kids are going to college today because of education.

So my point is if UT doesnt get rid of Mikey, and Bruce gets the AXE, everyone might as well jump basketball back to the womens side and try to be content with football.

JimmyJoe writes:

By the way Mr. Harris....mike Hamilton didn't blow away your son...he had 19 points at half time...I guess he didn't start thinking about the deal until the second half...when he did his disappearing act... Just saying....

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to Munsterlander:

Dude, 3 points: 1) There is nothing so profound in your post that you need to repeat it across articles. 2) Thank you for the enlightenment. Don't know why I didn't think of it before - of course Cal gets all the players because he plays them all 40 minutes a game 30+ games a year. I'm sure that's exactly what every high school player is focused on. I'm sure it has nothing to do with maybe 20 other factors ranging from coaching style to program success to just personally clicking with others players and the staff. Thankfully Harris wasn't inflicted with your myopic thinking process. 3) You and the whole throw-Pearl-under-the-bus crowd make me sick. Sanctimonious, judgemental peabrains. He may be gone and it will be his fault if he is, but this holier than thou cr@p is pathetic. Remember this next time your kid lies to you.

excellent response.

cubs_fantoo#1339500 writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Three points here.1.Has anyone forgot the season that we went through and the way we went through it. The team went on a three month down hill slide and Bruce was so hard headed that he made no changes in trying to reverse the slide. He didn't try to press. He played 12 players in every game even though we beat Memphis by 20 when we cut the lineup down to 9. He continued playing his son significant minutes when he didn't deserve to be on the floor. Maybe there was no solving this teams problems because they didn't have enough talent but he could have at least been open minded and changed things up.2 Everybody wonders why coach cal gets the best players in the country every year. The reason is because the best players in the nation know that if they come to UK they will play 40 minutes a game. I don't know what Tobias was thinking because he played about 30 minutes a game and this is the main reason he did not make the freshman all american first team. So that is the reason we can't get good talent and with his tarnted reputation that is even going to be more of a problem.3.Who would you prefer as your coach. Coach Pearl, who everyone that isn't a UT fan laughs at when you bring up his name, or a class act like the Stevens guy that coaches at Butler? So before you the UT fan base throw your support behind a coach that is going to have us in severe trouble for the next couple of years stop and think about these things.

You obviously are a arm chair manager...Look at the recruits Pearl went after. Look at the teams they are on now and what each of the teams are doing. Selby and Kansas are #1 seed. Kraft who the allegations started with is with Ohio State who is darted to win it all. Then we lost our big man, who was to stand way ahead of Williams to health issues.
2. Not certain if you watch how Pearl plays, but he is a play maker and hustles. If you can do better, get off your duff and lace up.
3. Better yet, get in line for the job and see what you can do.
4. I do agree, the talent have secured has not been as tenacious or can play 40 minutes of full court hoops. But none the less, it is hard to play one of the top five schedules in the nation with men that were initially looked at to even be on the court.
5. Give Pearl a few more years and watch UT start looking like UNC, UConn, or even UK.
6. So before you go talking about what shoulda or coulda happen, please get off your stump and lets see what you got. Prolly couldn t secure a first win in any county sanctioned event in the youth leagues!!!

BigHouse_of_IceGulp writes:

Is there anything in the press about Hamilon's position being reviewed? I've searched the net, but can't find anything. Seems with the overwhelming majority of followers against him, this is something the press would be asking about.

BNCafego writes:

First, beg Pat Summitt to take the AD position--she can continue to coach; its been done. Second, let her evaluate Coach Pearl's future at UT. Third, she would instantly restore UT tarnished reputation. In Pat we trust.

GardenGnome writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

My rankings for what I hope happens

1.) We keep Pearl and Hamilton gets fired
2.) We keep Pearl and continue to be stuck with Hamilton
3.) We lose Pearl but Hamilton goes with him
4.) We lose Pearl and are stuck with Hamilton.

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Vols4Ever writes:

in response to GardenGnome:

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Not necessary to rank.

Hamilton is ran over by the Big Orange Nation.

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to dirtdobber01:

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So he is above the law.... Because of what will happen if he goes...did anybody here take an ethics class.... Maybe we need to look the word up... Because....it's not CBP who is on trial here....it's us. He has made his mistake....there is no question about that....we are the ones trying to decide what to do with him... Wins and losses have nothing to do with this....this guy brought us into problems with the NCAA...he lied about it...tried to cover it up...and now has left as mess in our laps.... This is not like the NCAA selection committee here looking at a body of work... He has messed up and we have to determine what to do with him... It's not about forgiveness... We have done that....it's not that he is not a great coach...he is.....but he has failed to uphold the ideals of this institution... He has tarnished our reputation...not his...ours....we can't get that back now...it's gone....no amount of forgiveness can bring that back...I don't hate him... But this has to be dealt with....it's a big boy decision... Yeah mike may need to go...but not because of Bruce.... Because this happened on his watch also...and add the football situation to this.... It just gets deeper.... Just saying...

jryevols#222657 writes:

The great and powerful Wizzard Of Oz should be contacted immediatly.
Brains - Do any of you actually beieve that any comments including mine will a hell of a lot of difference. Are we keeping score of how many are for BP and how many against. We are all a bunch of dumb azzzzzzes to turn our backs on BP. Maybe just for once if made a decision to care about UT rather than your ignorant " get out of dodge comments" you would stand behind the man that gave us something worth waiting for following football.

Heart - Lets just say that the majority of those speaking on the site , could care less about anything but " but waiting for a reason " to tear our proud university and it's programs apart. Volunteers my azzzzzz. Use to be bleeding orange meant that we stuck together no matter what. Boo Hoo Bp lied , I sure I'm glad I am not waiting in the confession box behind each of you that are so perfect.
And finally Courage - There isn't one of you that could have gone through what this man ,his son and the rest of his family has endured this year. Yet in the face of adversity , has loved this University , and has made me proud to call this man and his family " CLASS ".

This man has absorbed of enough of those of you that call yourselves true UT fans and alumini , and it is time that we get together a group and camp out on campus by the thousands to show our support. Get off this site trying to discuss anothert coach and lets keep the one that made Basketball At Tennessee.

T.Harris - Thanks for standing up for BP. It reminds me of the movie Rudy , when the palyers made the decision to quit , if Rudy didn't play.

It's time we as true UT supporters do the same.

MidTennVol writes:

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Who on earth do you mean? Coach Dooley? What has he done to not be proud of?

Surely you're not talking about Bruce Pearl, right? Personally, I'm very proud of Bruce Pearl.

I'm proud of him for confessing his sins of intentionally breaking NCAA rules and then trying to lie his way out of it. He screwed up in a bad, big way and he continues to blame nobody else but himself in every statement he makes about the issue. That takes courage.

He continues to confess his sins each and every day to national media -- on television, radio and in the newspapers. He does it again and again and again and always with grace, humility and dignity -- and always the right message for his team and staff and young people in general. That alone makes me proud of him.

To my knowledge, he has never once shied away from talking publicly about his sins. He has never refused to do an interview, speak to a booster club, sign autographs because of his sins. He has stepped up like a man and faced the very public consequences of his actions...and he has always done it with class, squaring placing the blame on himself and nobody else.

In the midst of all this, he remains very active locally in raising funds for cancer victims.

Yes, I am proud of Bruce Pearl.

He has tried to protect his team all season from his mistakes and the circus atmosphere that sometimes envelops the team because of those mistakes. He has tried to shield these young men from all that so they don't have to pay the price for his sins. That too makes me proud of him.

Some of us out here believe that there is no forgiveness without confession first and foremost, as our faith teaches us. Apparently, there are other fans who believe that there is no forgiveness at all, ever, even if confession lasts publicly for months. There is only the sin.

I am of the first type. And I am proud of Bruce Pearl -- for no other reason than the way he has handled his mistakes.

I would gladly let him coach my kids.

al2476 writes:

Mike Hamilton is not even a UT graduate and he could care less about the university. Fire him and replace him with either Phil Fulmer or Condredge Holloway. They both are true to UT and would be good for the school.

taylorsvolfan writes:

So it was Hamilton's fault that Tobias did not score in the second half ?

VOLliven2it writes:

Just win games baby!That's all we need a coach who will just win games! We are already set back 2 to 3 years with the NCAA penalties we will receive. If Coach Pearl leaves, he will avoid that and will find another job. So just accept that what has been built the past 6 years is already torn down somewhat. We have to wait and see how bad the damage is long term. As much as I would like to feel otherwise, I do not think Pearl's staying will make it better all of a sudden and we just go on with life. I do not hate him or wish him anything bad. I just hate how all this has come down on the University I love and I will support no matter who the coach may be. Agreed, it will likely be hard to watch them struggle if he goes but they are still the Tennessee Volunteers and I am ALL VOL!

winVol writes:

lets get a petition to fire Hamilton, KNS could take a pole right here on their website, if UTK and some of the Alumni saw the fans that support UTK sports and saw the money was going to walk also, they may just change there mine,, GBO

seaplane#216536 writes:

Blame,blame,blame. Someone is always looking for an excuse. I'm sure when they're shooting that free throw, the only thing on their mind is "my coach might get fired". The reason we lost was there was very little talent to go around. I watched some very good basketball teams yesterday that played as a team.

TommyJack writes:

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Never happen with our whiney-arse fanbase.

vol98champ writes:

Why does the NCAA want us to fire Pearl?
Why does the NCAA want a 20,000 seat arena half empty?
Why is lying worse than cheating?
Why has this not been solved before now?
The NCAA is the problem with their ego. They are willing to ruin a program and coach over stupidity and loyalty.
Who of the three is the worst offender?
My vote is the NCAA!!!

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