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Former Vol assistant now high school coach

Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:14 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 10:24 pm
By Gary Parrish

Former Tennessee associate head coach Tony Jones (at left in photo, next to angry Bruce Pearl) has accepted a job as the head coach at Alcoa High just outside of Knoxville, a source confirmed to on Tuesday.

An official announcement is expected Wednesday.

This development means all three assistants who worked under Bruce Pearl until they were fired last March -- essentially because Pearl lied to an NCAA investigator about violations committed at his home -- have now secured other jobs. It also highlights just how far of a drop each assistant had to take to gain employment with an NCAA cloud still hanging above their heads.

Jones, again, is now a high school coach. Former Vol assistant Steve Forbes is now the head coach at Northwest Florida State College -- a junior college in Florida. Former Vol assistant Jason Shay is Forbes' assistant.

Pearl, meantime, remains unemployed.

But he received a $1 million buyout from Tennessee that his assistants did not get.

So working this year isn't crucial.

Photo: AP

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:21 am

Former Vol assistant now high school coach

Tony is a great man and a great coach. He will do great things for the kids at Alcoa High School.  This is just a speed bump in the road of life and Tony will be back as will all of Coach Pearl's staff.
Good Luck Tony.

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:18 am

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