Tag:Bruce Pearl
Posted on: November 5, 2008 4:37 pm

Bruce Pearl has a nice house

Bruce Pearl opened his house to the Knoxville Magazine, and boy is it nice. It's a 10,000 square-foot custom-built beauty that'll make you wish you would've gotten into coaching, and the story comes with a great quote from Pearl, who was a relative unknown until Tennessee hired him three years ago.

He said: "I’m 48 years old. I was poor for about 45 years and have been rich for about three. And it feels great."

Hard to argue with that, isn't it?

Anyway, here's a link to the magazine.

Check it out and then get back to enjoying your relatively crappy house.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 26, 2008 1:04 am
Edited on: September 26, 2008 1:05 am

So who is the best coach in the SEC?

There's a poll on the college basketball page right now asking for the best coach in the SEC.

As I type, Billy Gillispie (37 percent) is leading (hello, Kentucky fans!), followed by Billy Donovan (33 percent) and Bruce Pearl (18 percent). And when I looked at the poll I was reminded of a comment Pearl made last weekend when I told him Tennessee fans were taunting Florida fans at the hotel bar (the night before the UT-Florida football game) by screaming how Pearl was 5-1 all-time against Donovan, which is amazing considering Donovan has won national titles in two of the three seasons Pearl has been in the SEC.

Anyway, Pearl downplayed that statistic.

He claimed it was kind of fluky and misleading.

And then he revealed whom he believes to be the SEC's best.

"Billy Donovan is the best," Pearl said. "He just is."

Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:18 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2008 7:20 pm

I blame Al Wilson

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Al Wilson is apparently terrible at motivational speeches.

That's the only explanation for why Bruce Pearl missed his prediction.

That and the fact that Tennessee isn't very good.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 20, 2008 1:08 pm

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It did not come with as much flair as usual.

But yes, Bruce Pearl has predicted the Vols will beat Florida ... in football.

"I'm going to predict a Tennessee football win with all due respect to Florida," Pearl said this morning after a workout at Thompson-Boling Arena. "The bottom line is this: We have great respect for Florida; they are an unbelievable team. But we're not underdogs here in Knoxville very often. I tell you what, Al Wilson spoke to the team Friday. I feel good about that. I feel better about our chances to win the game knowing Al Wilson talked to those guys."

This might not seem important in the grand scheme of things. But it should be noted Pearl has a history of great predictions, dating back to 2006 when he went bonkers at a pep rally before a game against a Florida team that was undefeated at the time and in the middle of a national championship season.

This is what he said: "We are your basketball team. I am your basketball coach. And we are going to kick Florida's ass!"

Final score: Vols 80, Gators 76.

And then there was last season, when Tennessee traveled to Memphis to meet the top-ranked and undefeated Tigers. At a pep rally before tip-off, Pearl promised his Vols would "kick Memphis' ass!"

Final score: Vols 66, Tigers 62.

So again, Pearl is good at this sort of thing.

We'll see if he can make it three for three this afternoon.

On another note, Pearl hosted a slew of prospects at this morning's workout -- among them Kenny Hall (ranked 29th in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com) and Josh Selby (ranked seventh in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com) -- though Dominic Cheek (ranked 15th in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com) was not in the building despite an online report earlier this week that stated he would visit. Anyway, a few hundred fans opted to postpone tailgating for an hour to watch Pearl run practice, but it was clear football was still on their minds when they gave the biggest applause of the morning to Marlon Brown, a two-sport athlete from Memphis who is the top-rated football prospect in the state.

Brown was standing on the baseline watching practice when Wayne Chism deflected a pass with his foot and sent the ball flying into the air. Instinctively, Brown stretched out and caught the ball, proving a scouting report that claims he's tall, quick and reliable with his hands is accurate. When Brown hauled it in the fans stood and cheered, and a small chant of Mar-lon ... Mar-lon ... Mar-lon broke out behind the Vols' bench in an attempt to convince the receiver he should commit to catching balls inside Neyland Stadium next fall.

Posted on: June 21, 2008 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2008 2:41 pm

The Emmanuel Negedu videos are up

Ever wanted to know how it sounds when a recruit calls a coach and verbally commits?

If so, we've got the video of Emmanuel Negedu ringing Bruce Pearl earlier this week.

Click this link and check it out.
Posted on: March 27, 2008 9:24 am

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

CHARLOTTE -- The coaching carousel is gaining speed, evidence being Wednesday's hiring of Cuonzo Martin at Missouri State and firing of Ben Braun at California. So Missouri State is now filled and Cal is now open. But the best job available is still Indiana, where the names most regularly mentioned as potential replacements are Washington State's Tony Bennett, Xavier's Sean Miller and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl.

Two other names making the rounds here at the East Regional: Pitt's Jamie Dixon and Texas' Rick Barnes.

Would either take the job if offered?

Honestly, it's hard to say -- though all indications are that Barnes is perfectly happy at Texas while a move further west would make more sense for Dixon considering he's from California. Still, multiple sources said Wednesday night that Indiana officials are at least interested to know whether Dixon or Barnes (along with Bennett, Miller and Pearl) would be interested in taking over the Hoosiers program, meaning Dixon and Barnes are legitimate IU targets until they make it clear they don't want to be.
Posted on: February 26, 2008 6:56 pm

Did Pearl promise to kick Vandy's ass too?

NASHVILLE -- I don't believe Bruce Pearl is delivering a pep talk at a bar today.

And that's unfortunate.

Because his pregame speech to Tennessee fans at Jillian's in downtown Memphis over the weekend was fabulous, if only because he explained how the plan was to "kick Memphis' ass." Honestly, can you think of any other high-profile coach who would yell and sing with fans before coaching the biggest regular season game of his career?

I can't.

But Pearl did.

And you can click this link to see it all go down.

Meantime,  we're about two hours from UT's first game ever as a No. 1 team, and it's not going to be an easy task. It's cold and windy here in Nashville, but Memorial Gym should still be wild enough to create a scene similar to the one at FedExForum three days ago. Of course, the Vols handled that OK, escaped with a 66-62 win over then-top-ranked Memphis. But they've dropped three of their past four games in this building, which is at least partly why Vegas has made Tennessee just a 2-point favorite.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 20, 2008 11:32 am
Edited on: February 20, 2008 11:32 am

Fifteen candidates for National Coach of the Year

Gregg Doyel wrote a column this week about the National Coach of the Year race.

His pick (at this point): Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

That's a nice selection, assuming Roy Williams doesn't strangle Coach K before the ceremony.

And though I believe it's too early to name a winner just yet, I feel comfortable providing a list of 15 legitimate candidates.

So here is a list (presented in alphabetical order):
  • Rick Barnes (Texas)
  • Randy Bennett (Saint Mary's)
  • Mike Brey (Notre Dame)
  • Jim Calhoun (Connecticut)
  • John Calipari (Memphis)
  • Keno Davis (Drake)
  • Trent Johnson (Stanford)
  • Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
  • Sean Miller (Xavier)
  • Matt Painter (Purdue)
  • Bruce Pearl (Tennessee)
  • Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)
  • Herb Sendek (Arizona State)
  • Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt)
  • Brad Stevens (Butler)
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