Seven possible replacements for Bruce Pearl

Names that could pop up on Tennessee’s coaching search for a men’s basketball coach:

Shaka Smart

School: Virginia Commonwealth (2nd year). Smart’s first VCU team went 27-9 and his second is in the Sweet 16 after wins over Southern Cal, Georgetown and Purdue.

Age: 33.

Alma mater: Kenyon College.

Background: Smart was hired at VCU to replace Anthony Grant, who left for Alabama. Smart had been an assistant at Florida for one year, at Clemson for two years and was previously on the staffs at Dayton and Akron. He is originally from Madison, Wis.

Brad Stevens

School: Butler. Stevens has broken the NCAA record for most wins in his first four years as a head coach and has the Bulldogs back in the Sweet 16 after a narrow loss in the national championship game last season. He signed a new contract last spring that runs through 2022 and is speculated to be in the $1 million per year range.

Age: 34.

Alma mater: DePauw (Ind.).

Background: The Indiana native has spent his entire coaching career at Butler. He was an assistant to Todd Lickliter, then replaced him when Lickliter left for Iowa four years ago.

Chris Mooney

School: Richmond. Mooney has the Spiders in the NCAA Sweet 16 in his sixth season at the Atlantic 10 Conference mid-major progam. He signed a contract extention in 2010 that takes him through 20-17 and could be worth as much as $700,000.

Age: 38.

Alma mater: Princeton.

Background: The Philadelphia native played under legendary Pete Carill at Princeton. His first head-coaching job was Arcadia University. He was head coach at Air Force in 2004-05, then was hired at Richmond.

Buzz Williams

School: Marquette. Williams’ fourth season finds the Golden Eagles in the Sweet 16. His salary a couple of years ago was around $850,000 per year but is no doubt more now.

Age: 40.

Alma mater: Oklahoma City.

Background: A Texas native, Williams was an assistant at several small schools in Louisiana and Texas and then Colorado State. He spent two seasons on Billie Gillispie’s staff at Texas A&M and was head coach one year at New Orleans before Marquette hired him to replace Tom Crean.

Gregg Marshall

School: Wichita State. Completing his fourth year, Marshall has had consecutive 25-win seasons that led to NIT appearances.

Age: 48.

Alma mater: Randolph-Macon.

Background: He spent eight years under John Kresse at small-college power College of Charleston, then got the head job at Winthrop. In nine seasons at Winthrop, Marshall’s teams made seven NCAA tournament appearances (including taking Tennessee to the buzzer in 2006). He was hired at Wichita to replace Mark Turgeon and reportedly turned down the Iowa job last year. Marshall interviewed at Tennessee in 2001 while at Winthrop, but Buzz Peterson was hired.

Mark Turgeon

School: Texas A&M. Turgeon is 97-40 since taking over for Billy Gillispie four years ago, winning at least 24 games each year. It is believed Turgeon’s package is about $1.5 million a year.

Age: 46.

Alma mater: Kansas.

Background: The Topeka native played for LarryBrown at Kansas and also spent five years there as an assistant coach. He went to Oregon on Jerry Green’s staff in 1992, spent one year on Larry Brown’s NBA staff in Philadelphia, then got the head job at Jacksonville State in Alabama. Two years later, Wichita State hired him and he went 128-89 (including a win over Tennessee in 2006 to reach the Sweet 16).

Cuonzo Martin

School: Missouri State. Martin won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title in his third year, but had to settle for the NIT after losing in the conference tournament title game. Martin is believed to make around $300,000 a year.

Age: 40.

Alma mater: Purdue.

Background: Martin came from tough East St. Louis to star at Purdue from 1991-95. He played pro ball four years then got into coaching at Purdue under Gene Keady and then Matt Painter. Missouri State is is first head job.

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toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Throw all the money you can at Brad Stevens. He is the best coach in the nation.

1vavolfan writes:

What a laugh. None of these guys will want the job. UT better have a boat load of money to get a mediocre coach much less these guys.

bobmcreynolds#663132 writes:

How about Chris Collins, Assistant at Duke for the last 10 years?

scvols writes:

Im sure they will hire the cheapest one.

vut56#231073 writes:

Here we go! Let the columns begin, until the smoke comes out the chimney. I would remind one and all to think back to the false starts when Lame left; some were frothed over by up to a couple of thousand eager Vols fans...until the next rumor surfaced. So....let the reader beware.

Plus, wasn't this timing great? On the day the Lady Vols play on the big stage. What was gained vs. waiting until...say Wednesday?

ivyvol writes:

Why aren't any women's coaches listed? The jerk from UConn would be lots of fun to have around.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Who cares about the lady vols? The day I watch a womens basketball game will be the day I realize I have no life. Let's hire a coach that does not have a son. That way we won't have to watch him walk on and embarrassing play significant minutes every game of the year.

jimdogg writes:

in response to scvols:

Im sure they will hire the cheapest one.

Exactly. Hamilton thinks he can get Roy Williams or Coack K for $500K/yr.

GreenbackMike writes:

How about NO to all of them. This sucks, the only way the fanbase goes to a basketball game next year is if the University goes and gets a coach with the name recognition of an elite coach.... or we go through 4 more years of "buzz" ball bottom dweling.

GreenbackMike writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Who cares about the lady vols? The day I watch a womens basketball game will be the day I realize I have no life. Let's hire a coach that does not have a son. That way we won't have to watch him walk on and embarrassing play significant minutes every game of the year.

I'll buy you all the blue clothes you want if you would just do us a favor and move to KY and become a wildcat. You do not contribute anything to the Volunteer Fan Base.

jgl#233810 writes:

What an uninspired & uninspiring list. Mooney is likely heading to Atlanta if he goes anywhere. Stevens shows no signs of leaving for anyone. Smart smells like the next big bust, currently riding on the tails of another guy's players. Of these, only Turgeon seems to have any legitimate hope of being ready to compete on the big stage & he just had his team get blasted by a so-so FSU.

PANCHO writes:

who would want to come to UT and coach when your boss is Mike Hamilton, "the snake".

UTFAN2011 writes:

Uh has any noticed this bum has clemson ties?? He can go back there with hamilton. Let them both screw up there Atheltic Dept. Hamilton is a sore that needs to be REMOVED....

bigdisbig writes:

No doubt Tennessee knew the NCAA was going to suspend Pearl and hit them with other sanctions. They took the easy way out. This will hurt long term though. Pearl, even with his violations, loved Tennessee, worked hard for Tennessee and would have been our coach for years to come.
Now, since the administration has no spine, the revolving door is getting ready to spin. We will lose our best players and recruits due to this dumb move. We will NOT get any quality recruits for years to come and we will NOT go to the big dance for several years.....bank on it.

We still have not recovered from firing Fulmer and recovery will be even longer from the Perl firing. The rest of the SEC is shouting for joy no doubt. We have just become a bottom feeder in basketball.

easttnvol21 writes:

How about the dude from East Central Valley Northern Mid Mountain Tech??

Pearlfan writes:

A good idea to let the next AD have some input on the new BB coach. No matter how you spin it Hamilton blew this one. If Pearl was to be fired, it should have been done in September. After all he had full knowledge of the situation including the "bump" allegation. Hopefully, the administration finds another AD first. Look for Pearl to coach another team to NCAA Tournament before Vols get back.

jbocap writes:

Shaka Smart !!!!!!

TommyJack writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Who cares about the lady vols? The day I watch a womens basketball game will be the day I realize I have no life. Let's hire a coach that does not have a son. That way we won't have to watch him walk on and embarrassing play significant minutes every game of the year.

Stupid post. On several levels.

FrostyVol writes:

WHAT??!! Wait! where is Rick Pitino??, and John Calipari??, and Coach K and Roy Williams??? I keep hearing from all the stone throwers that we can do better than Bruce, coaches will be lining up.. LMAO!! Flippin ridiculous. Really??! those are the names that are being discussed. Half of them are NEVER coming. Stevens?? Why dont you just put Phil Jackson on the list too. The other half are Wade Houston 2.0.. Why dont you have Buzz Peterson on there too??? I know, why dont we hire someone who took us to an Elite Eight for the first time in school history, took us to our first Number 1 Ranking in the Polls, our highest NCAA seed ever, had almost a 145-61 winning record, six straight NCAA tournament appearances - longest streak in school history, signed our first McDonald's all-american recruits, brings passion and energy to his job.. Oh, that's right. Never mind.

vol_till_i_die writes:

We just want Bruce back!

agohn writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Ive never wanted to cut off someone's fingers more than yours. You are a hateful person and you need a life. Why can't you leave the UT board to the fans?

thevoice writes:

in response to jgl#233810:

What an uninspired & uninspiring list. Mooney is likely heading to Atlanta if he goes anywhere. Stevens shows no signs of leaving for anyone. Smart smells like the next big bust, currently riding on the tails of another guy's players. Of these, only Turgeon seems to have any legitimate hope of being ready to compete on the big stage & he just had his team get blasted by a so-so FSU.

6 years ago, Bruce Pearl was on that list.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Why would either of these seven guys risk the known situation that they have now and their promising futures to take a program that is about to get hatcheted by the ncaa for who knows how many years? Better to hire an interim coach for next year or two, get us through the sanctions period, and then go from there. I would support Tony Jones for that interim coach.

RJ_Vol writes:

Who cares? Basketball at UT just became irrelevant at UT.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Who cares about the lady vols? The day I watch a womens basketball game will be the day I realize I have no life. Let's hire a coach that does not have a son. That way we won't have to watch him walk on and embarrassing play significant minutes every game of the year.

You need to watch a game now and again.There are literally thousands and thousands that like Lady Vols.You should have known already that you have no life.You could have said you were not a fan of women Basketball instead of being showing world what you are. There are a lot of different sports that I am not a fan of,but It dosen't bother me that someone else does.Besides, this story is not about Lady Vol Basketball so why mention them anyway?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Shouldn't we get an athletic director first?

Catchone writes:

LARRY BROWN

thevoice writes:

Have a sneaky suspicion we'll be pleasantly surprised with our new coach and soon, new AD. Still have our signees (according to earlier reports). We weren't going to be any good next season anyway. Besides Harris, who will leave, Pearl didn't leave any Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors who can play SEC ball.

agohn writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Ohh yeah, Williams and Goins are seniors. Jackhole. I think also you relate to UT basketball so well because they were like how Kentucky football still is...lame. And then your genius administration hired a guy named Joker. Wow, good one KY admin. 26 will soon be 27...mildcat

tenndave writes:

All of these guys would be nuts to come here with this administration. Last coach made a grave mistake. But instead of firing him last summer we came up with a way to slowly torture him, then threw him and the team under the bus. We lied to him on a much grander scale than he lied about a barbque. Good luck, Tobias, scotty and others as you move on and as you should move on to an environment where the administration backs you rather than throw you under the bus before the biggest game of the season. I will never get over that unless they fire Mr. Hamilton for complete and utter incompetence and in esscence being a traitor to those student athletes he supposedly represents. Fla and KY, you are safe for at least another decade.

faithisgone writes:

The fact of reality is recruiting in football and basketball will suffer greatly. UT is viewed nationwide as a school that has a high coaching turnover rate. Recruits like to see solidarity and the admins don't have the guts to stick with their coaches when the going gets rough. It will take UT a couple of decades to restore confidence in recruits and potential high-caliber coaches.

The_Mayor writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You know, I try to be a gentleman most of the time, but really have crossed a line. I suspect you should hope your identity is never revealed, coward.

baldingalum writes:

Easy, easy everyone. This is definitely a very sad day for the Volunteer nation. I can see how emotions will get the best of most, but wait... Tennessee plays in the SEC. We have a great arena and top flight facilities.

The university will spend a good deal of money and get a big name coach. Only a couple of these names are in play but they will ultimately hire someone NOT on this list. Most will be very pleased.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Who cares about the lady vols? The day I watch a womens basketball game will be the day I realize I have no life. Let's hire a coach that does not have a son. That way we won't have to watch him walk on and embarrassing play significant minutes every game of the year.

News flash! You have no life now. Especially if you listen to hooker. The name says it all. And be careful or mommy will see what you wrote on here.

sandiegovolunteer writes:

Mark Few or Brad Stevens

just don't go grab some guy whose team peaked and they got into the sweet 16 one year- a lot of that is about the players and not the coach. Seems like the sweet 16 coaches are always on everyone's list- even though it just might be luck that they got them there.

Go get someone who has done it twice!

smokies_old_soul writes:

has Tennessee athletics ever been in more dissaray than it is right now - who has captained this ship into disaster after disaster ?

mike hamilton, that's who - start the house cleaning with our incompetent AD.

thevoice writes:

in response to FrostyVol:

WHAT??!! Wait! where is Rick Pitino??, and John Calipari??, and Coach K and Roy Williams??? I keep hearing from all the stone throwers that we can do better than Bruce, coaches will be lining up.. LMAO!! Flippin ridiculous. Really??! those are the names that are being discussed. Half of them are NEVER coming. Stevens?? Why dont you just put Phil Jackson on the list too. The other half are Wade Houston 2.0.. Why dont you have Buzz Peterson on there too??? I know, why dont we hire someone who took us to an Elite Eight for the first time in school history, took us to our first Number 1 Ranking in the Polls, our highest NCAA seed ever, had almost a 145-61 winning record, six straight NCAA tournament appearances - longest streak in school history, signed our first McDonald's all-american recruits, brings passion and energy to his job.. Oh, that's right. Never mind.

Because 1) his retention would increase the penalties/sanctions, 2) he was given a second chance with the full backing of the University after the September NCAA investigation announcement and blew it the next day by not reporting the bump, and 3) he tarnished the reputation of the university, making it the laughing stock of the BB world. Additionally, that drags down the football, women's basketball programs. In general, the entire athletic department.

Personally, of his 20-something recruits, I believe he's only got two of them right: Chism and Harris. Plus, he's shown how good of a coaching job he does at the end of games.

onemanvstheworld#633515 writes:

lots depends on what the NCAA actually does....Don't think anything will come from these coaches....either too established or not a very good fit....interesting thought though....PTI reported Larry Brown is interested in coaching college again.....I know he's 70 but he is a HUGE name....with college and pro success....would bring in a staff of his choosing that would be credible and be capable of continuing after he retired..not likely but seems like it would fit UTs needs

volsfan74 writes:

in response to easttnvol21:

How about the dude from East Central Valley Northern Mid Mountain Tech??

He said NO, his response was "why in the Heck would I accept a job at a University that just fired the best coach they've ever had"! Plus I do not want to answer to a weasel aka Mike Hamilton

VolFaninTexas writes:

Let me run this up the flagpole & see who salutes it:

Fire Hamilton (preferably before dark today);

Hire Fulmer as AD;

Let Fulmer utilize his friendship with Pat Summitt and her's with Bobby Knight to entice Knight to come and resurrect the UT men's basketball program. He has intensity and integrity...and he's learned to keep his temper under control.

OK...start shouting...

Tnjim writes:

Please! Fire Hamilton!!

VOLinMAHWAH writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Who cares about the lady vols? The day I watch a womens basketball game will be the day I realize I have no life. Let's hire a coach that does not have a son. That way we won't have to watch him walk on and embarrassing play significant minutes every game of the year.

Dude, you need to move on. UT, which includes the 8 time NCAA champ Lady Vols, doesn't need the likes of you wearing orange. Talk about an embarrassment!! Take a hike JA!!

RavenzRule writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

No doubt Tennessee knew the NCAA was going to suspend Pearl and hit them with other sanctions. They took the easy way out. This will hurt long term though. Pearl, even with his violations, loved Tennessee, worked hard for Tennessee and would have been our coach for years to come.
Now, since the administration has no spine, the revolving door is getting ready to spin. We will lose our best players and recruits due to this dumb move. We will NOT get any quality recruits for years to come and we will NOT go to the big dance for several years.....bank on it.

We still have not recovered from firing Fulmer and recovery will be even longer from the Perl firing. The rest of the SEC is shouting for joy no doubt. We have just become a bottom feeder in basketball.

We have not recovered from firing Fulmer? Are you nuts? Fulmer drove the football team into the ground and lasted 3 years longer than he should have while Bama, Florida, LSU and Auburn kept building. After winning the title in '98 (which is as much Cutcliffe's title as Fulmer's) he couldn't get us back to a BCS Bowl in 10 years. It's Hamilton's fault the football team got into the state that it is in.

jimr07 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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First of all , you have no idea who Hamilton interviewed and/or offered the job. Many said they were not interested but that does not mean they were considered. I love it when a Vandy man comes on here trashing us. Of course when i think of championship football and basketball Vandy is the first name to come to mind with all those national and SEC championships. Ha. And, by the way, Saban can't stand you either along with many others.

orangeJACKET writes:

fact is only stevens is good on that list. if ANY of the other coaches are hired i will not renew my three season tickets that i and my father has had since that arena opened. i'm about done with this university.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to vut56#231073:

Here we go! Let the columns begin, until the smoke comes out the chimney. I would remind one and all to think back to the false starts when Lame left; some were frothed over by up to a couple of thousand eager Vols fans...until the next rumor surfaced. So....let the reader beware.

Plus, wasn't this timing great? On the day the Lady Vols play on the big stage. What was gained vs. waiting until...say Wednesday?

vut56,

Exactly. Two announcements back to back right in the face of a tournament game......the men's
and now the Lady's game.

They surely don't seem to care if it affects how a team is going to respond. The girls have played hard to be in this position and Cheek plus his buddy Hamilton are in danger of doing the same thing to this game tonight.

MtnVoodoo writes:

You want a former Vol player? You want a successful coach? You want a squeaky clean coach? You want a coach who LOVES the Vols? You want integrity?
You want the MOST basketball savvy former Vol player available?...........Go get Rodney Woods!

alfrizzle097 writes:

Assuming no freshmen start probably lineup next year: Hall, Maimon, Tatum, McRae (Hopson should be back, but its hard to predict with the guys that came assuming nba) , Golden.

Gonna take a good coach to get something out of the obvious talent that is already on the team. Shame it won't be Pearl to do it. I'm hoping for the guy from Missouri.

ScrewKiffin writes:

On another note,
Once USC figures out much of a freak Kevin O'Neil is, the first person they go for will be Bruce. USC justs LOVES controversial UT coaches!!!!!
On topic,
Can Pat Summitt coach both teams??? HA HA

jimr07 writes:

Looks like a lot of nattering nabobs of negativism to me. Lets see how it plays out first.

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