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Pearl would be best served to shut his mouth

Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 11:25 am
By Matt Norlander

If you couldn't decipher it from that dripping-with-symbolism photo, Bruce Pearl is on a massive media tour in the wake of his three-year show-cause ruling.

I guess it's high time he get out in front of the people and explain himself, give the press that reaction we've just gotta have. He's taking questions from everyone about everything: jobs on the horizon; his mistakes; his lies; his regrets; Tennessee basketball; Pat Summitt. Whatever it has to do with Bruce, Bruce is available to speak with you.

You'd almost think he was retiring. Maybe he is and we just don't know it yet.

In an act of irony that was so heavy-handed I'm not sure how it happened without a laugh track constantly playing behind it, Pearl hosted a barbecue for the media yesterday at the house he's currently forced to sell because he was busted for hosting recruits there -- during a barbecue.

Read that graf again and swirl away into the nexus of the universe.

All these interviews and Pearl, now, has the answers. If I had him on the line, I'd ask just one question, though: Bruce, what the hell are you doing? I'd follow that up with, Why are you talking every hour of the day to anyone with a microphone or notepad? Do you realize some of the things you've said lack self-awareness and embody the opposite of the point you're trying to get across? The best quote I could dig up from Pearl's recent media blitz came from his Friday morning appearance on the "Dan Patrick Show."

"Right now I don't want to distract from the game," Pearl said without a hint of the irony and hypocrisy that's sweating from that sentence. He followed that up with, "Right now I don't want to be the story."

Then, I ask again, what the hell are you doing, Bruce? Because you know damn well you're making yourself the story right now. Do you want to set the record straight? No need -- we know all the details. None of this media tour really means anything. The words you've used in the past 24 hours do not have a shelf life in regard to your future in college basketball. What you say now isn't going to alter your legacy or reputation, no matter what job you land at in the coming weeks. (Pearl also admitted the three-year show-cause has had "a bit of an effect" on his decision whether or not to coach in the D-League.)

Maybe that's a good thing, too, because there's a particular word Pearl is using that is making him look terrible: we. We, we, we. That's what he keeps going back to. Him and his staff. We. His assistants were also guilty, but he's throwing those guys -- who are working at high schools and low-level, non-DI colleges, who have no possible cushy future talking on television -- under the bus right now. Pearl is the face of this violation, and he did his former assistants pretty sour on Doug Gottlieb's radio show Thursday night. (Transcribing more quotes would take up too much space here; just listen and be wowed by how badly Pearl comes off.) Take the hit, Bruce, because your former assistants will have it much tougher than you will trying to get back into the business.

On Friday morning, Pearl continued to talk out of both ends of his mouth.

"Making the penalties tough, and tougher, is the right thing to do," Pearl said on the Dan Patrick Show. "Let me stand as an example as to what happens to you when you break the rules." OK, fine. It's a go-to concession that's easy to own up to after punishments have been levied and things can't be undone, but whatever.

Yet minutes later Pearl added he doesn't consider himself a cheater -- or a liar.

"I think there's a big difference between being a liar and being a cheater," he said. What?

"I don't agree with some of their findings," Pearl added. "I called John Craft the day I was interviewed to find out if he knew anything about this picture that I was about to see. I didn't know anything about it; I was completely caught off guard. I should not have called him because it does give the impression that I was trying to tamper with the investigation."

I've spoken off the record with a few people who have a lot of knowledge about the ins and outs of this case. I'm inclined to believe there is at least one more Bruce Pearl lie embedded in the quote above. I've clearly underestimated Pearl's affection for the media and for hearing himself talk. Maybe this is how he truly comes to terms with his three-year NCAA sentence. But he couldn't look much worse in the process of this self-appointed healing session he's so desperate to have everyone listen to.

Photo via Amy Smotherman
Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:56 am

Pearl would be best served to shut his mouth

WOW, Norlander, what a surprise.  You write something dogging UT and Bruce.  You are such a crybaby.  How about you try taking your moms boosom out of your mouth before you talk.  Oh, look, something white dripping down your chin.  Could that be milk or some unidentified sperm?  haha.  CBS,, please get rid of this guy.  Ive never read anything worth crap from him.  From You, Matt Normalder.  Gypsy

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:47 pm

Matt Norlander should shut his pie hole

The world knows already that you're an Alabama homer, Norlander. That doesn't mean that you have to prove you're an @$$Ho!e from behind the safety of your keyboard every time you bloviate on Bruce Pearl or anything else to do with UT. A real man would confront Coach Pearl and tell him to his face that he's a liar. Don't worry, your mommy will hide you under her skirt.

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:00 pm

Pearl would be best served to shut his mouth

Oh, I see, it's ok for all you Pearl haters or Tennessee haters in the media to tell one side of the story for almost a freakin year , but Bruce should shut up after one day of telling his side of the story. Screw you, Miami has been paying players for 8 years and you can't leave Pearl alone for one day. Kiss my big orange ass.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:44 pm

Pearl would be best served to shut his mouth

Actually, it's kind of a pretty big story. Just because you're a still-bitter Illini fan doesn't change that fact.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:40 pm

Pearl would be best served to shut his mouth

Here's a thought Matt. Why don't you write about something else? Nobody really cares about Bruce Pearl or his self serving press conferences/barbeques. They guy is a chump since his days in Iowa and ever since. You, the lonely media reporters who need something to blog about are the problem. Don't show up at his house. How hard is that. It is a non story and 3 minutes of my life I'll never get back that I wasted reading it.

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