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Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

Posted on: March 21, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 10:27 pm
 
The following is a statement from Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton.

It confirms Monday's firing of Bruce Pearl.

"Today, we are announcing that we have reached an agreement with Bruce Pearl that will result in him and his immediate staff being relieved of their duties with the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program. This is a difficult day for many obvious reasons. Six years ago, Bruce Pearl arrived on our campus and renewed hope in Tennessee Basketball. He, his staff, and our student-athletes have allowed us as administrators and fans to enjoy unprecedented success and many victories during that time. He has become a friend to many and has done tremendous work in our community.

"Upon receipt of our NCAA Letter of Inquiry in September, we made the difficult decision to forego common national opinion and forge ahead with Bruce and his staff pending any further major infractions or issues that would preclude our basketball program from representing the University of Tennessee in the right manner. The months that followed have been difficult on everyone – our staff, our coaches, our administration, our fans and, certainly, our young men. During this time, the dynamics of our case with the NCAA have evolved further, including additional violations committed on September 14 and in March 2011. The cumulative effect of the evolution of the investigation combined with a number of more recent non-NCAA-related incidents have led to a belief that this staff cannot be viable at Tennessee in the future. Therefore, it is in the best interests of our institution to move in a different direction.

"We have included separation terms that will detail more clearly our role in the transition for Coach Pearl and his assistant coaches. In the meantime, we have named native Tennessean and a former head coach, Houston Fancher, as interim coach during our hiring process. Our search process will begin immediately. This is a great job and will attract a significant number of interested coaches. Much of that interest is a tribute to what Coach Pearl has helped to build, but more importantly, what our fans have built. We will take an appropriate amount of time, but will move as swiftly as is effective to bring this to conclusion. Lastly, I want to apologize to our fans for my untimely comments prior to last week's NCAA appearance. distraction to what has already been a year of distractions. While my comments were never intended for harm, they became an unneeded distraction to what has already been a year of distractions."

----- Terms of Agreement -----

Head men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl will be paid at his current salary rate through June 30, 2011. He will also receive $50,000 per month for 12 months, from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, and will also receive health insurance costs. This cumulative figure is $948,728. Additionally, the men’s basketball coaching staff will each be paid at their current salary rate through July 31, 2011.
Comments

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

You know what he did wrong? He got caught.What an idiot. The thing is UT BBALL fans. He'll find a job. The program will suffer more. Cant wait to get your recruits..Go Tigers !!!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

Bruce Pearl did nothing wrong that any of the other coaches around the country hasnt done.  If you looked into every program hard enough no one would be playing in this march madness.

Wrong! This sleazebag got what he deserved and it isn't the first time. He's a back-stabbing, loud-mouthed cretin and he's lucky to be getting a near 1 million dollar payout for nearly destroying a universities rep.

He should change his name from Pearl to Clam up.

I can also guarantee Duke, Notre Dame, Princeton and BYU would be playing. They do athletics right.



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

My only question is, why did this take so long? This guy was slime 20 years ago and could not buy a job. I am not saying he is a bad coach. He is actually a pretty good coach. I think his won / loss speaks to that. But his recruiting tactics and dishonest charges against other schools speak to his lack of character. Granted the charges against him seem mild, but he cut his own throat by lying to the NCAA and the stupid thing was, he probably would have just received a slap on the wrist for the "cookout" charges.
Bruce Pearl, I hope you have fun wondering what could have been.



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

i dont remember any other coach lying to the ncaa and getting caught.



Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

Bruce Pearl did nothing wrong that any of the other coaches around the country hasnt done.  If you looked into every program hard enough no one would be playing in this march madness.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

The AD fails to  mention that Pearl's great development of the Vols basketball program was partly a product of unfair recruiting.  So there is a cloud over what he accomplished in the six years.  Bernie Madoff will not be remembered for the money he made for people but for what he, like Pearl, stole from the lives of the people who trusted him.  If the March 2011, you mean this month?!, the March 2011 "additional violations" have anything to do with Pearl then the severance is way out of line.  Are they buying his silence or are they trying to appease the Bruce Rat Pearl fans?



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

"the dynamics of our case with the NCAA have evolved further, including additional violations committed on September 14 and in March 2011"


What additional violations were committed September 14 and March of 2011??? 



Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

NCAA violations these days are like speeding tickets.  You have the guys that either don't speed or never get caught (Coach K), the ones who drive recklessly but always seem to avoid the tickets (Coach Calipari), and the ones who usually don't get caught, but when they do, it's the $300 ticket and loss of license (Coach Pearl).



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

 Just because somebody makes a mistake doesn't mean they can be fired without any compensation going their way.    Think about it for a minute and forget this particular situation.
  Makes a mistake?? Dude lied to the body governing his sport.
   He also stretched the truth in the 1989 incident with Deon Thomas leading to an investigation into Illinois altho they were demed innocent to Pearl's charges.

From Wikipedia:
The event led to a " " of Pearl by many coaches in D–I, and even led ESPN commentator to call Pearl's actions " " during a telecast.

To sum it up:

Lies to NCAA about a rival...unfounded

Lies to NCAA about recruiting...GUILTY

I would suspect he will only catch a head coaching job with someone on the fringe or someone who doesn't care.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Statement from UT AD Mike Hamilton

Bruce should not have been fired.

Didnt the guy continually lie to the NCAA, commit violation upon violation (rules are rules even if they are stupid), and then lie some more?  This is also the same guy who threw U of I under the bus when he failed to illegally recruit players when he was an asst. at Iowa.  The guy is slime.

I have no issue with UT and I am not a fan either.  But if that is the kinda coach you want...well that is pretty damn sad.  The AD should be fired because he bungled this on a national level.  But Pearl should have been gone 6 months ago.


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