Pearl, Tennessee face Michigan and distractions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- While acknowledging comments from Tennessee's athletic director about his uncertain future "came as a bit of a surprise," Bruce Pearl insists he's not thinking about the possibility he has just one game left as Volunteers coach.

Wanting to talk about Michigan's motion offense and 1-3-1 zone defense a day before their second-round NCAA tournament matchup, Pearl instead was peppered with questions Thursday about his job status.

AD Mike Hamilton said in a radio interview Wednesday that the "jury is out" on Pearl and that he'd be evaluated at the end of the season. Pearl has admitted lying during an NCAA investigation.

Pearl says "up until recently" he was under the assumption he'd be able to defend himself in a June NCAA hearing while still Tennessee's coach.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by wanda Location: knoxville on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    If Pearl is fired Mike Hamilton should be the first one out the door. I CAN'T IMAGINE SOMEONE IN HIS POSITION NOT HAVING MORE SENSE THAN DO WHAT HE DID NOT ONLY TO PEARL BUT THE TEAM ALSO. WHERE WAS HIS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. HE DON'T DESERVE TO KEEP HIS JOB.
  • by Rich Location: Faragut on Mar 18, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    Fire Hamilton, he's useless. Keep Pearl. Yes he made a mistake, but haven't we all. Hamilton is useless, and basketball is just one of the problems on his watch.
  • by Sarah Location: Knoxville on Mar 18, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    Poor move and terrible judgement by Hamilton.

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