It turns out that with no fanfare at all, Tennessee terminated Bruce Pearl’s employment contract in the wake of the NCAA letter of inquiry being issued in connection with several of Pearl’s recruiting practices. If you haven’t seen Mike Hamilton’s termination letter, take a minute to read it. It’s a doozy.
In light of the harsh terms contained in the letter, many people now wonder why Pearl hasn’t been completely dismissed from the program. In fact, things are proceeding in the opposite direction.
Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl has worked without a formal contract for more than a month, but his boss said both sides are “in the process of finalizing” a new contract.
According to athletic director Mike Hamilton, the coach has been working under a “letter of appointment” since Sept. 9. Hamilton said he sent the proposed new contract to Pearl and his lawyers on Oct. 8, and the sides have since been working to complete the deal.
“We’ve made the decision — and Bruce knows it — that he’s our coach, and this is just a part of the formal process to get him back under the new contract with the new terms,” Hamilton said Thursday night. “Technically, he violated the terms of the previous contract, so that contract had to be terminated. There was a new contract [needed] as a result of that.”
“Technically, he violated the terms of the previous contract” has such an innocuous ring to it, doesn’t it?
I think about this in recalling something Pearl said when Junior was busy getting under everyone’s skin.
… During a Wednesday meeting, SEC commissioner Mike Slive intends to implement the Kiffin Rule. In other words, telling his coaches to stop the bull—-.
Whatever happened to The Golden Rule?
“He’s playing you guys perfect,” Tennessee hoops coach Bruce Pearl said of Kiffin.
Pearl is the guy who advised Kiffin that it’s good to be hated. That means you’re doing something right in the SEC.
“My goal was to be the least popular coach in the SEC in a year,” Pearl said. “He managed to do it in a week.
“I know one of the biggest problems when I took over was the players didn’t believe. What I’m saying is, your coach better believe. He’s got something different … I get him. I get him in the sense that, look at how they’re recruiting. You have to do that with a certain confidence and a certain swagger. He’s probably said some things that other people were probably afraid to say. I truly believe he’s misunderstood.
“There’s nothing to dislike about him.”
Again, what does a coach have to do to get on Mike Hamilton’s bad side? And how does Hamilton still have a job at UT?