Bruce Pearl Speaks at Carson-Newman

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JEFFERSON CITY (WVLT) - Bruce Pearl spoke Thursday evening to a crowd which was partial to another Big Orange program -- the Carson-Newman Eagles.

Pearl was the keynote speaker for Carson-Newman's Athlete Appreciation Banquet, which raised money for the Eagles' sports teams. Donors, coaches, and other program supporters paid to attend the event, at which student-athletes were the servers.

Eagles football coach Ken Sparks was one of the coaches in attendance. His squad is 5-0 and currently ranked seventh in Division 2 after routing 9th-ranked Newberry, 49-19, at home last Saturday. They visit Mars Hill this weekend for their second conference tilt of the season.