Pearl told the News Sentinel on Tuesday that he's launching his national media career with a show he'll start Monday night from Sirius XM radio studios in New York City. The show will be hosted by Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com.
"I'm going to maintain my vice presidency with H.T. Hackney, a job I absolutely enjoy and feel blessed to have,'' said Pearl, who's in the first year of a three-year show-cause penalty assessed by the NCAA after an investigation into recruiting proprieties with the Vols.
"I enjoy dealing with our vendors and customers at Hackney, and I'm using my degree in business and marketing,'' he said. "But these media opportunities are also what I envisioned when they (NCAA) told me I couldn't coach anymore.''
Pearl, who led the Vols to six straight NCAA tournaments and the program's first Elite Eight and No. 1 ranking, said he'll also do regular shows with Tim Brando on Yahoo national radio as well as Nashville's 104.5 The Zone.
"I'm looking forward to this venture in broadcasting,'' Pearl said. "This is a way for me to stay in the game and continue to engage with fans who also love the game.''
Pearl had contracted media opportunities in the Knoxville market, but he declined.
"I felt like it would be unfair and unnecessary scrutiny on the current (Tennessee) staff,'' Pearl said. "I support Coach (Cuonzo) Martin and wish our players well. I miss them.
"But I feel the best way I can support them is to stay out of the way.''
Pearl's home remains on the market, but he said he still plans to maintain residence in the Knoxville area.
"I know what I'll be doing on Saturday,'' Pearl said. "I'll be in Murfreesboro to support the Bearden Bulldogs dance team as they try to win their second state championship in the last three years.''
Pearl will make a special appearance on the News Sentinel's Sports Page show between 10:25 a.m. and noon on Wednesday on WNML 99.1 FM, 990 AM.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32