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3/17 NCAAB News: Bruce Pearl's Job Now In Question

March 17th 2011 17:46
You know, it was only about a month ago when Tennessee's AD maintained that school icon Bruce Pearl was sticking around even amid allegations against him. Pearl is a great coach that has turned this program around over the years, and it seemed like Hamilton was definitely going to keep him as coach. The creamsicle jacket-wielding coach was a fan favorite, but the allegations are just stacking to the point where Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton just won't have a choice. However, he isn't going to fire him. Hamilton just isn't sure about Pearl's future with the team. In my opinion, they need to keep Pearl. Even though he made some pretty bad mistakes, he's still a great coach and means everything to this basketball team.

Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie is being interviewed by Texas Tech for the job. I would be surprised if Gillespie took their offer, considering he could get an offer from a better program given his pedigree. TT is a poor basketball program and is one of the many schools that have football as their chief concern. Gillespie is a solid coach that has great recruiting experience. Pat Knight was their former coach. If Texas Tech can snag Gillespie, this would be a huge win for their program. They might actually become competitive with Gillespie. I bet a deal is going to happen though. Even though Gillespie can get a better job, he fits Tech well. Besides, he might be able to recruit his way into the tournament. We'll see.

Right now, Old Dominion has a 29-27 point lead over the Butler Bulldogs. I still think that Butler will barely pull this one out. Both teams are good, and they can both be bracketbusters this year. There are only two undisputed elite teams- Ohio State and Kansas- but there's some nice depth in this tournament. It will be a great battle this year with tons of storylines- as always. They background coaching news always makes this interesting as well. Coaches are the faces of a team, mainly because players leave after four years and don't stay for the long run. Coaches are usually there for a while, and they begin to build something special with their program.

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Comment by nbageek

March 18th 2011 00:09
I like Pearl as a coach. Gillespie is the same kind of coach as Pearl, he has baggage to deal with. Tennessee should keep Pearl. He needs to beat Michigan.

Comment by Mike Cortright

March 18th 2011 17:13
I think the Tenn players step it up today to keep Coash Pearl's chances alive of being the coach at Tenn. He recruited all these guys and these kids made the choice to play for him, so he must have done something right to get them to Tenn so I don't think they will turn their backs on him. Look for Tenn to get the win today and keep coaches life alive at Tenn.

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