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MikeAnderson writes:

To'ad Jaa! If he had beaten Michigan, he would still be our guy! Winning removes ALL stink!!!!! NCAA will now sanction the school and Bruce will become the witness for the prosecutor....

chrisvol4ut writes:

in response to MikeAnderson:

To'ad Jaa! If he had beaten Michigan, he would still be our guy! Winning removes ALL stink!!!!! NCAA will now sanction the school and Bruce will become the witness for the prosecutor....

Don't be ignorant. He is on trial at least as much as Tennessee is in the entire ordeal. He has a very lengthy suspension to look forward to so if he wants to prolong it further and not work again in this industry, let him pour it on. Thank you Jimmy Cheek for doing the right thing and responding so expeditiously to get this crook out of UT. This will likely save us a year of probation and will allow us to start this week to find a new coach that can help us win and do it clean.

BIGOrangeB writes:

Never ever trust Hamilton

kcpboarder writes:

What a bunch of BS our Athletic Dept has turned into!!!

dfreeman writes:

I've bled orange my whole life... I'm done with it until Hammy is gone!

Digger writes:

Right decision, Hamilton! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Now we can move forward and won't have to hear about UT and "allegations" for every future broadcast of a UT game.

ODA751 writes:

Good luck to Bruce in the future. I loved watching his teams.

reader64 writes:

Well, there goes Tennessee's mens basketball. Thank you Mike Hamilton. First you ALMOST do the football team in with Kiffin, and now you put Tennessee's Men basketball back in the irrelevant column. I hope it's not too much longer until UT sees that the first mistake in the whole line of mistakes been made in the past 8 years is hiring Mike Hamilton. THANKS MIKE! I guess he'll raise the price for football tickets AGAIN to make up for the loss of revenue that's coming from the lack of sales for basketball games.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

now Hamilton needs to go

thesharc#228787 writes:

Not Hamilton in this one guys - he was Pearl's biggest supporter. Look at Cheek and DiPietro and the big-money boosters like Haslam who wouldnt stand up to them... We lost a good coach today. We gained a little integrity back. The university lost itself a lot of money in the process and proved the NCAA can strong-arm you. We caved.

drum45 writes:

They had no choice but to fire him. Nobody's fault other than Bruce himself!

springtx_vol writes:

I realize that I am in the minority here, but Pearl had to go. I supported him throughout everything until I read about the bump four days after the investigation was announce; especially when he didn't bother reporting it to the compliance staff. He was going to get at least a year suspension anyway (maybe 2). As for him being a witness against the University, unless there is other stuff not covered in the NCAA compliance document, there is nothing he can hurt us with.

Now let the guesses come on the next coach. My first vote would be for either the Belmont coach (has UT ties) or the VCU coach - great job in the NCAA's!

VolzsFan writes:

I had season football tickets from 1997 till 2008. I have had season basketball tickets since Bruce came. I am done with UT for a long time. Step one is Hamilton must go. Step two is Raleigh must go. Third step is offer Phillip the AD job again and hope he takes it this time.

Finally, I bought my last item from Pilot.

Peace

rusty_shackleford writes:

Hamilton has to go. He may raise money but his hires have been less than average (jury still out on football).

Go after the Butler coach....and get laughed at.

dandeck writes:

Wow, what a terrible decision if true. Class of '80. Fan since 1972. If true, count me out. Won't watch another mens BB ever.

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

Heads need to roll from top to bottom. I say clean house and start from scratch.

bigdisbig writes:

I hate to see Pearl go but the Vols will survive in time. It may take a long time but they will survive.

ABOVE ALL......Hamilton needed to go first. He beat down the basketball team with his comments and attitude.

He lacks leadership. He lacks tact. He has NO credibility. He is a scumbag in a suit and tie.
IF he stays the cancer will keep spreading.

Good luck Bruce and thank you for all the great basketball. All of your shortcomings were an effort to help the Vols. I am sure you will rebound in time.

Biggie writes:

Not another dime to UT Athletics. I don't trust any of them now. The Chancellor and the ad are worthless backstabbers.

springtx_vol writes:

Further, I am not a fair weather fan. I will bleed orange until I die. I grew up listening to UT football and basketball on a transitor radio in the mid 60's and pretending I was Condredge Holloway in backyard football. While I may not agree with everthing that happens, I will be a Big Orange fan.

ChattahoocheeVOL writes:

I don't think Mike instructed Bruce to LIE to the NCAA. What happened today was the results of Bruce's own poor choices & actions. I've always supported Bruce and the bball program but he brought this on himself.

JohnnyD writes:

Cheek must go!!! Cheek MUST GO! CHEEK MUST GO!!!! WHAT an idiot. He will not be able to step foot in any athletic event ever...he will be disgraced and booed all the way back to Gainesville!!!! CHEEK can go kiss a CHEEK!!! He is JACK A!!!!!

reachkim00 writes:

Thank God for Pat Summitt!!! Bye-Bye Pearlie boy.

dandeck writes:

in response to Biggie:

Not another dime to UT Athletics. I don't trust any of them now. The Chancellor and the ad are worthless backstabbers.

Exactly!...and gutless...what happened to "....will be our coach for years to come..."?
@#!%^!!*&^%$#@!!!!!!!!!!!!
Back to another 25 years of bottomfeeding.

MiddleoftheRoad writes:

My original idea was to suspend Pearl for 1 year - immediately - after finding out. NCAA would have done this anyway, that would have been strong. Then, we'd just have months to go, and a significant punishment. What a waste. If you were going to wait, then wait, if not, then should have fired or suspended him (for the season/year)instantly.
Whatever.

ORNGFACTOR writes:

Why suspend a guy 8 games, doc his pay over $1 mil, then after losing to Michigan (the day after Mike's comments) then decide to fire him because of the recruiting issues?
Unbelieveable.

Whatever happened to restoring a guy? He made a mistake. So did Hamilton. Is he next?

At least they didnt catch the first boat out of Knoxville to Los Angeles. How did that work out for us?

Gotta love the message that we are sending other coaches who are looking for employment. Wake up people. Stop, think, pray, then make a wise decission.

We should have taken the penalty instead of dishonoring a coach in the name of avoiding a penalty. In a way, avoiding a penalty (which is not guaranteed) by firing a coach is as bad as lieing.

FearlessFreep writes:

Hamilton didn't fire BP, Jimmy Cheek did. And, sadly, it was the right decision, ... it just should have been done 8 months ago. Now it just looks silly.

shoelessvol#236864 writes:

Bruce brought this upon himself. Up until now he has paid a great price...now he has paid an even greater price! We (the majority of fans) were willing to pay the price to keep him. He has in the past six years resurrected a sleeping giant! Now I guess unless we make the perfect hire it will be time to go back to sleep. All be well with you Bruce (in time), THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE MEMORIES!!

lamardog#628889 writes:

Both Pearl and the University are at fault here - Pearl did himself in not only by breaking the rules, but lying about it and he has to face the NCAA sanctions whatever they may be.
The University has done Pearl wrong because Hamilton and the Chancellor said that Pearl was their man even if he was suspended for a year. When the heat was put on last week they turned their back on a man who has brought millions to that school the past few years. How can the university talk out of both sides of their mouth?

jimdogvol writes:

Sad, Sad, Sad.

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

get the curtins to cover up the upper deck, paint the seats orange. and lets get back to tennessee basketball.

springtx_vol writes:

in response to lamardog#628889:

Both Pearl and the University are at fault here - Pearl did himself in not only by breaking the rules, but lying about it and he has to face the NCAA sanctions whatever they may be.
The University has done Pearl wrong because Hamilton and the Chancellor said that Pearl was their man even if he was suspended for a year. When the heat was put on last week they turned their back on a man who has brought millions to that school the past few years. How can the university talk out of both sides of their mouth?

What do you expect an administration to do when faced with what Pearl did? The same thing that OSU did when Tressell was exposed. The same thing that schools do when a player does something wrong.

In every case, the right thing to do is to say that you support the coach, you support the AD, you support the athlete. When all of the information is in, you make your decisions. I would much rather have Hamilton say that Pearl is our coach and end up firing him rather than fire him immediately before everything is known and have it turn out to be nothing (Remember the accusations against baseball?).

Pearl did this to himself. He had to go. He is a great basketball coach. I hope that he gets a job after his one or two year suspension. I hope he gets a fair chance with someone. The next coach will hopefully not do the same things.

EMBuckles writes:

As I noted in a rant in another comment on another story, businesses, colleges, universities, the military, the government are starting to become very concerned with ethics and morality so, on one hand, that is good. On the other hand, apparently this was about a barbecue and phone calls and that seems to me to be overdoing it way beyond anything that should have been considered. If Coach Pearl had been pimping women (or men) to players, if he had been giving them alcohol, drugs, doing "pay to play", etc., I could have understood and supported the NCAA being deeply concerned about that. However, in this instance, I feel that they were "swatting a fly using a cannon", so to speak. Anyway, what is done is done and I wish Coach Pearl well for the future. If he wants to remain in the coaching field, I have no doubt that he will turn up somewhere coaching excellent teams. Meanwhile I just hope that UT can do whatever they have to put all this behind them and get the men's basketball program into compliance with whatever the NCAA wants. And I also feel that this incident should be a "springboard" for colleges and universities starting to question the NCAA about being way too harsh.

SandySpringsVol writes:

The big mistake here on the part of the school was saying that they stood behind Pearl and then cutting him loose.

But if they were going to do it, they had to do it now in order to be able to make an effective hire going forward.

UT will likely lose some players / recruits over this, but the players that depart are being shortsighted if they think that Pearl is the only coach that can get them where they personally want to go (NBA).

As always, I stand with my school, but this one is kind of ugly all around.

gavolfan81 writes:

UT could have recovered with Pearl had it wanted to. It had the opportunity to craft a contract that could have been very clear to the public on credibility. Unfortunately, it does not appear our AD has any - and he must go. Whether you like Fulmer or not, the way that was handled was embarrassing by itself. Then he not only hired Kiffen, turned him and his mouth loose and allowed the NCAA to bring more scrutiny to the program AND failed to put a clause in his contract preventing him from going to USC without penalty; and now this. If he was going to fire Bruce, he should have done it immediately. After standing behind him 'til now, and then making those comments just days before the tourney when he should have been helping celebrate 6 straight years to the tourney. Hamilton must go. He should have been fired last week. He now has a job 6 days longer than he should. Integrity will not be restored until he is gone as well.

FWBVol writes:

in response to ORNGFACTOR:

Why suspend a guy 8 games, doc his pay over $1 mil, then after losing to Michigan (the day after Mike's comments) then decide to fire him because of the recruiting issues?
Unbelieveable.

Whatever happened to restoring a guy? He made a mistake. So did Hamilton. Is he next?

At least they didnt catch the first boat out of Knoxville to Los Angeles. How did that work out for us?

Gotta love the message that we are sending other coaches who are looking for employment. Wake up people. Stop, think, pray, then make a wise decission.

We should have taken the penalty instead of dishonoring a coach in the name of avoiding a penalty. In a way, avoiding a penalty (which is not guaranteed) by firing a coach is as bad as lieing.

UT didn't suspend Bruce Pearl for eight games, the SEC did. He wasn't fired over recruiting issues, it was because he lied to the NCAA.

Actually we lost to Michigan two days after Hamilton's comments, but, that's not the point. This year's team looked more like a Buzz Peterson team than the ones Pearl put on the floor the last five seasons.

If Harris or Hopson wasn't on the floor UT had no scoring threat. And if only one of them were on the floor teams could double or triple team him and not have to worry about another scorer.

I supported Pearl until I found out he lied. He has nobody to blame for this, but himself.

missy1432004 writes:

I am truly sad. How can all the good that Coach Pearl has done for the UT basketball program be forgotten so quickly and easily. We will most likely lose the talent of future stars committed to UT as well as bearing the loss of a coach that really loved the University of Tennessee

nwcs writes:

As much as I hate it for the men's team, it was the right decision. However it was handled in about the dumbest way possible.

titan9fan writes:

Sad day. I will miss seeing him. If the board doesn't get rid of Hamilton, more dark days ahead for men's basketball.

RockyTop1_old writes:

One down and one to go...Hamilton...GOODBYE!!

pms151 writes:

And to top it all off they revert to their SNAFU ways again and make another huge PR blunder. Of all days to announce this. Now Hamilton and Cheek are stealing Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols' thunder too. As if the NCAA tournament doesn't exist! Insanity.

JCK3 writes:

As someone who unfortunately (basketball-wise) went to UT from 1989-93, I've seen the bottom of the basketball barrel. I never thought we'd go back. We will be flying towards that abyss at a high rate of speed after firing Bruce. He was special.

VolWoman writes:

Too bad no one else in my home can vote. With wireless set up, only one person can vote. So add 3 hell NO's.

DennisVols writes:

This will not prevent the big charge that Hamilton wants to keep a secret from you. The NCAA will hit UT with a “Lack of Instructional Control” because Hamilton knew all along what both Kiffin and Pearl was doing in regards to the violations.
In the end that will be the back breaker because getting rid of one coach and having the other flee town does not rid Hamilton of that responsibility.
Who will UT hire to coach the men’s team now? Who will want to walk into a situation that will surely have the basketball team on probation with reductions in scholarships? Had it just been Pearl maybe firing him gets UT some credit with the NCAA but it is much more than that.
Our basketball program will be set back at least 2 years before it can even consider rebounding from this. The commitments we have will de-commit, Jr.’s will leave the program and others will be given the opportunity to leave the program without having to set out a year because of the penalties that will befall the UT men’s basketball program.
Keeping it Real
GoVols!!!

james#216392 writes:

Now Mr. Hamilton, you need to resign. You are responsible for the program. It has sunk to an all time low. Football is such that KY gets picked to beat us. BB will now sink for the next several eyars. Of course, you raised money but most of us could care less about that.

UTKin1992 writes:

Mike Hamilton SHOULD and MUST be be fired.

He's an embarrassing imbecile and the common denominator among all our current issues.

Razor784 writes:

They had no choice, sanctions would have been too great if they hadn't fired him. Hamilton needs to go, and if Jimmy Cheek doesn't fire him, then he needs to go too.

Futurecoach16 writes:

It will take a LONG time for the men's basketball program to get back to where it has been the past 6 years. Look for several recruits and current players to leave the program. This school will not get a big name coach because it'll be career suicide. One or two bad years does it in for a coach in the big money sports. Way too many fair weather fans who abandon ship and drop support at the first sign of trouble. I wish Pearl the best of luck and thank him for his contributions to Big Orange Country. Here's hoping that there's another diamond in the rough that we can land.

james#216392 writes:

in response to DennisVols:

This will not prevent the big charge that Hamilton wants to keep a secret from you. The NCAA will hit UT with a “Lack of Instructional Control” because Hamilton knew all along what both Kiffin and Pearl was doing in regards to the violations.
In the end that will be the back breaker because getting rid of one coach and having the other flee town does not rid Hamilton of that responsibility.
Who will UT hire to coach the men’s team now? Who will want to walk into a situation that will surely have the basketball team on probation with reductions in scholarships? Had it just been Pearl maybe firing him gets UT some credit with the NCAA but it is much more than that.
Our basketball program will be set back at least 2 years before it can even consider rebounding from this. The commitments we have will de-commit, Jr.’s will leave the program and others will be given the opportunity to leave the program without having to set out a year because of the penalties that will befall the UT men’s basketball program.
Keeping it Real
GoVols!!!

Maybe the school will send Hamilton packing since he is the one in charge. If it was just Pearl, then maybe that slipped by but it's the program in general and we need someone in charge who can control it. Hamilton clearly is not that man.

sharon5 writes:

I truly wish that they had not done this action...Bruce has brought such life to a mundane program. They should have fired Hamilton instead...

I hope this does not affect the girls in their run in the NCAA..

tennesseegirl56 writes:

in response to BIGOrangeB:

Never ever trust Hamilton

amen to that

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