Pearl, Prince win SEC awards; Lofton, T. Smith First-Team All-SEC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee's first-ever #1 ranking for men's basketball, and first outright SEC title since 1967 was enough to earn Coach Bruce Pearl "Coach of the Year" honors in the SEC, or at least a share of it.

Kentucky's Billy Gillispie shared the honor for Kentucky's second place finish in the SEC East Division and a first-round bye at the SEC Tournament after starting the season 6-7, including a painful loss to Gardner-Webb.

Vanderbilt senior guard/forward Shan Foster was selected SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

Tennessee's J.P. Prince earned SEC's "Sixth Man of the Year" honors.
He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

UT's Chris Lofton and Tyler Smith earned 1st Team All-SEC Honors. JaJuan Smith earned 2nd team All-SEC, and SEC All-Defensive Team honors.

The Vols next play in the 2nd round of the SEC tournament on Friday at 1 pm. You can watch the game here on Volunteer TV.

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  • by James Location: Tennessee on Mar 12, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    I think it is riducilous that Pearl has to share the sec coach of the year. Billie has done a good job at Ky.
  • by craig Location: newport,tn on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:36 PM
    coach pearl deserves coach of the year outright by himself !!!! the best in the SEC & any conference !!!
  • by Millisa Location: Crossville,TN on Mar 11, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    Congratulations to Coach Pearl,Chris Lofton, JP Prince, JaJuan Smith and Tyler Smith. Go Vols!!!
  • by ron Location: millers cove on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:52 PM
    well my thinking is that anyone who keeps up with SEC basketball knows that pearl was top dog this year and i wonder who made the "powers that be" angry at pearl and pat--could espn be involved?
  • by Bobbie Location: Lenoir City on Mar 11, 2008 at 06:31 PM
    It's outrageous that Coach Bruce Pearl should share the Coach of the Year honors with anyone after all he has done for UT's men's basketball program. Whoever has the authority should overturn this atrocity that is a shameful statement that really says "Congratulations, Coach Pearl, you were almost Coach of the Year!"
  • by joan Location: knoxville on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    Well deserved. Chris is ahead of everyone else listed in the senior of the year award by 5%.


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