Maysville, KY (AP) -- University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl is a Kentucky Colonel.
How'd that happen?
Pearl attended a celebration last night in the northern Kentucky town of Maysville, where UT standout Chris Lofton played high school ball.
There, in the land of Big Blue, the Mason County High School gym was packed with orange-clad fans and the band played "Rocky Top."
Pearl was greeted by a standing ovation and was nearly speechless when he was called to the podium and presented the Honorary Kentucky Colonel Award.
Lofton was the state's 2004 Mister Basketball and was recently named Athlete of the Year at UT.
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