Pearl says it's tough watching Volunteers on TV

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl says watching his team lose to Arkansas on television was "as hard as you could possibly imagine."

Pearl has been suspended for the first eight Southeastern Conference games by league Commissioner Mike Slive after lying to NCAA investigators during an ongoing probe into Tennessee's recruiting practices. Associate head coach Tony Jones is filling in for Pearl.

Pearl watched Tennessee's SEC opener, a 68-65 loss to the Razorbacks on Saturday, from his hotel room in Fayetteville. He says he felt helpless and had let his team down as the Vols (10-5, 0-1) missed a chance to tie the game as time expired.

The coach said Monday he expects to watch Tennessee's meeting with Florida (12-3, 1-0) in Knoxville on Tuesday night from his home.

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

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  • by Dan Location: Sevierville on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:07 AM
    Tennessee I love ya! But if you don't learn to play defence. I will watch you play in the NIT this year. What happened to you? I thought you were the best defence team in the Nation. I get so stress watching you play lately. Bruce I miss you on the side line, the way it looks the guys miss you, I thought the rotation sucked tonight, Our guys ran over each other on the florida side and left the corner shot open for how many 3 point shots.Thier calling the tean the sperts they play in sperts not enough to win. Same run the clock down then take a bad shot the other goes down and scores Haris you are the team, Hopsonyou have a lot of growing up I thought by the time you becane a jr you should br the best in the country where is our blocking out on the offensive boards. I will keep watching and hoiding my heart,


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