Pearl doesn't make trip to Athens with Vols

Tuesday night

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2010, file photo shows Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl yelling to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri State, in Knoxville, Tenn. Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive has suspended Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the Volunteers' first eight conference games as punishment for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators. Slive sent a letter Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, that informed Pearl he is prohibited from participating in practices, meetings and any activities related to games between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- When the Vols made the trip to Fayetteville earlier this month to play Arkansas, Bruce Pearl traveled with the team.

As Tennessee embarks on its second SEC road trip of the year, this time, Pearl won't travel with the squad.

"If we were practicing tonight there (Athens), I would fly down, practice tonight, and drive home. We're not doing anything tonight except get there," Pearl said after Monday's practice. "I can't help them anymore than we have the last couple of days. This is something that just makes sense."

Pearl also said "as it relates to the integrity of the suspension" it doesn't make any sense to make the trip because he would have to work to try to avoid contact with the team.

Tennessee (11-6, 1-2) takes on Georgia (13-3, 2-1) Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (ESPNU).

Tuesday night will mark the fourth game Pearl will miss as he continues to serve an 8-game SEC suspension.

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