Pearl finds new home at ESPN

BRISTOL, Conn. (WVLT) -- Former Vols' head coach Bruce Pearl is joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst. The Bristol, Conn., based network announced Pearl's hire, along with Seth Greenberg, on its web site on Monday.

“Both Seth and Bruce bring a contemporary coaching perspective and a great ability to break down the action in an entertaining style,” said Mark Gross, ESPN Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, Production.

Pearl, who spent the past year as a commentator for for Sirius XM Radio, coached the Vols' men's basketball team from 2005 to 2011, leading the team to a 145-61 record and six straight NCAA Tournament berths.

Pearl said, “I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to bring ESPN the same sort of knowledge, passion and intensity that I tried to have as a basketball coach. I’m anxious to get started and contribute to ESPN’s great college basketball coverage.”

Greenberg served as a guest ESPN analyst during the 2012 NCAA Tournament. He most recently coached Virginia Tech for nine seasons (2003-2012).

Greenberg said, “I am excited and honored to be joining ESPN. I look forward to using the relationships I have developed over 35 years of coaching college basketball to bring unique insights to the ESPN viewing audience.”

Former Michigan standout Jalen Rose will also be added to the college basketball commentator team.

“Jalen’s NBA analysis has been insightful and engaging and that style will translate to the college game where he’s remained closely connected since the ‘Fab Five’ days,” said Gross.


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