Posted by Matt Norlander
And not only the D-League, but in Maine? Tucked all the way up in the right corner of the country ... Bruce Pearl could actually be doing that?
It's a possibility, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Wojnarowski has sources who've informed him the former Tennessee coach is attempting to be wooed to the Maine Red Claws (possible future headline: Pearl snatched!).
Maine president and general manager Jon Jennings recently made contact with Pearl to express an interest in hiring him, and the two are expected to talk further about the job in the near future, sources said. When reached by phone on Friday, Jennings confirmed Maine’s interest in Pearl but declined to comment on the search.The 51-year-old Pearl is still awaiting his punishment for lying to the NCAA last year. That is probably going to come at the end of the summer. The NCAA and its president, Mark Emmert, have said they look to punish cheaters more harshly than in recent years. So, with that in mind, it's entirely likely Pearl will be hit with a show-cause penalty, meaning for a determined amount of time he'd be unable to work at any level in collegiate athletics. With such a verdict coming over the mountains, it was presumed a television job for the affable, excitable Pearl would hold him over until a sputtering major-conference school came to his doorstep two, three, four years down the road.
Now we're learning there are other options. Who knows Pearl wants to do right now -- maybe he wants to coach more than do television? Seems hard to believe, in a way. Pearl loves to coach, of course, but does he love to coach so badly that he'd rather live in Maine and coach in the Developmental League over getting airtime and remaining nationally relevant on ESPN or CBS?
Worth taking note of: Pearl was born in Boston and grew up in the Northeast. Apparently the Red Claws, who've only been around for two years, have a devoted fanbase -- they've sold out 48 straight D-League games. Impressive. If this happens, it would be one of the more unlikely marriages in basketball coaching we've seen in some time.
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