Coach Bruce Pearl & His Wife File For Divorce

University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl has filed for divorce from his wife after 25 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

“This is a very difficult time for my family and me,” Pearl said Monday in a statement. “It is my hope that everyone will understand that this is a personal matter and respect our privacy.”

He filed for divorce in Knox County on Sept. 10, two days before the couple’s 25th anniversary. But Pearl, 47, didn’t discuss the move until Monday because one of their four children had a birthday late last week.

Pearl separated from his 50-year-old wife, Kim, when the coach and the Vols returned from an 11-day trip to Europe that ended Aug. 19. She didn’t accompany the team on the trip.

He was named the Southeastern Conference coach of the year for the 2005-06 season, and his Vols reached the regional semifinals in the NCAA tournament in March. Pearl said he does not plan any more statements about the divorce.

Coach Pearl is about to enter his 16th season as a basketball coach ... his total record is 339-92, 78.5%. Pearl is 22-8 in two previous season with Tennessee, 77.3%.

A native of Boston, Mass., Pearl received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Boston College in 1982, graduating cum laude. His wife, Kim, is the niece of college coaching great Norm Sloan. In May 2005 she received a nursing degree from UW-Milwaukee. The couple has two daughters, Jacqui and Leah, and two sons, Steven and Michael.

You'll recall, Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summitt filed for divorce Aug. 15, a few days short of her 27th anniversary, and also cited irreconcilable differences.

Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports & Tennessee Athletics


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  • by Elizabeth Location: Florida on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Nice, how the writer/media tries starting a rumor by adding that little tidbit at the end about Pat, which had nothing to do with the subject, I may add. However, it worked. Hook, line and sinker anyone?
  • by LARRY Location: KNOXVILLE on Sep 19, 2007 at 02:37 PM
    IT'S NOBODY'S BUSINESS! MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS
  • by LISA Location: WARTBURG on Sep 18, 2007 at 10:58 PM
    HER COMES THE BRIDE, ALL DRESSED IN BIG ORANGE. JUST AS SOON AS BOTH ARE DIVORCED WE WILL BE HEARING ON OLD ROCKY TOP AS PAT WALKS DOWN THE ISLE WITH BRUCE.
  • by maggie nola on Sep 18, 2007 at 10:38 AM
    big deal.
  • by annie Location: knoxville on Sep 18, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    I THINK IT IS KIND OF ODD THAT BOTH OUR COACHES ARE GETTING A DIVORCE.AND BRUCE HASN'T BEEN WITH HIS WIFE SINCE AUG 19TH. AND PAT FILED AUG 15TH SO YOU TELL ME SOUNDS REAL FUNNY.
  • by North Knox Viewer Location: Knoxville on Sep 18, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    listen to all of you people posting rumors?? It's been well known if you are from here that Pat and her husband have had problems .. well before "Pearl" came into the picture. It's not common at all for people to be married 20 or 30 years, staying together for children, and then splitting. OR trying to stay married for children but just can't anymore. And It's public because they are our celebrities. I've not seen any tv or paper run it into the dirt other than to simply say, here it is, they are getting divorced. It's people that want to gossip that make it tabloid.
  • by Curtis T Location: Sevierville TN on Sep 17, 2007 at 09:46 PM
    Want some answers? Why dont you check out miss blondie at Sevier Co. Bank who broke up Pats marriage in the first place. Want details. I have some.. Lets see RB. Bank and money.. Huhmmmm????????
  • by BIG BUBBA Location: KNOXVILLE on Sep 17, 2007 at 06:37 PM
    Tune in next month boys and girls when we announce the nuptials of Pat & Pearl and the renaming of the "The Summitt" to "Just Floored" as in, we went to UT and got "Just Floored" by their basketball teams. Good luck Pat & Pearl!
  • by Jesse Morrison Location: Karns on Sep 17, 2007 at 04:31 PM
    I think after being married for 25 years is a wrong time to get a divorce. If they were together for so long, why wait till 25 years to find out they had differences that were irreconcible ?
  • by wayne Location: knoxville on Sep 17, 2007 at 04:28 PM
    Bruce and Pat sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G......
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