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 CBSSports.com 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.