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Mar 21 2011
01:42 pm

No details, but it's over.

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Opinari's picture

Next Coach?

I'll be interested to see if Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens are the first two candidates on the list to replace Pearl, although since both are still in the tournament, it might be awhile before we know.

metulj's picture

I am not willing to let the

I am not willing to let the body cool. Pearl put me off to him when I was at the Brewpub one night with the missus. He was hanging out and having a good time. He offered to buy a round for us (because we were from Jersey in his mind) and insisted that it be Budweiser. I am not one to turn down a free beer, but I intimated nicely that we should drink the Landlord's best to which he replied, "I don't know about the guy who owns this place, but the Budweiser distributor is a big friend of the program." Ick.

Speculation: You are correct.

My pick: Mike Young from Wofford. You want class, integrity, and a winner? Look no further.

Andy Axel's picture

Go after Jerod Haase at

Go after Jerod Haase at UNC-Chapel Hill. He's about ripe for a promotion.

LeftWingCracker's picture

it's a start, but

Mike Hamilton needs to go with him. They will never clean up the UT program until Hamilton is given a road map and a sandwich.

metulj's picture

Hamilton is gone too. Wait.

Hamilton is gone too. Wait. For. It.

Brian A.'s picture

It's a sad day in K-Town.

It's a sad day in K-Town.

Rachel's picture

What's sad is that this will

What's sad is that this will lead the news tonight. This town seriously has its priorities wrong.

agrarianurbanite's picture

Does that mean the

Does that mean the autographed basketball I have is worth nothing now?

metulj's picture

From what I just heard: Wait

From what I just heard: Wait a couple of years.

siam's picture

Rick Byrd

Why in the world isn't Rick Byrd of Belmont the no-brainer choice to replace Pearl?

bizgrrl's picture

Could they handle someone

Could they handle someone from South Knoxville coaching men's basketball? :)

A graduate of Knoxville's Doyle High School, Byrd was an honors student at the University of Tennessee; earning a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1976 and a master's degree in physical education in 1977. While in Knoxville, he was a student assistant coach under the legendary Ray Mears.

Back in the day he was great fun to watch on the court.

metulj's picture

The only reason I can figure

The only reason I can figure is limited NCAA tournament experience, which isn't strong reasoning, but is definitely the convention among basketball folks.

To be honest, I did not know he was a UT alum. I can see that reasoning as well, but I am of a mind that you hire the best coach available and that alum status should be way down on the punch list.

bizgrrl's picture

Unless he's ready to retire

Unless he's ready to retire and doesn't care about getting fired, I cannot imagine why he would want the job, except for the short term big bucks.

siam's picture

Replace Bruce Pearl

Limited NCAA tournament experience?

Rick Byrd - NCAA tourney appearances

06 - lost to UCLA 1st round
07 - lost to Georgetown 1st round
08 - lost to Duke 1st round (by 1 point)
11 - lost to Wisconsin 1st round

only became NCAA I for 03-04 season.

Compare that to Shaka Smart's experience or Brad Stevens or Buzz Williams.

'hire the best coach available and that alum status should be way down on the punch list.' Agree 100%.

metulj's picture

Byrd: If that's OK for a

Byrd: If that's OK for a school for a D-1 school of UT Sports' size then it makes my case for the guy from Wofford. Forget about Brad Stevens. He'll never leave.

R. Neal's picture

Byrd expresses interest,

Byrd expresses interest, other candidates named...

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siam's picture

Replace Bruce Pearl

Thanks. Doubt Byrd will be the hire - Ernie's been trying to talk the higher-ups at UT to hire Jay Wright of Villanova the last few times there was an opening, this may be the time they finally listen to him. But sounds like the AD is going it alone (along with Haslam), and won't listen to alums like Ernie. As an ex-Knoxvillian, I try to visit you every day, and certainly enjoy the touch of home.

metulj's picture

It's a shame that reasonable

It's a shame that reasonable decisions have to be made by an incompetent and a rich old man who is just batting around his toys.

Andy Axel's picture

But enough about T Boone

But enough about T Boone Pickens.

SamIAm's picture

Mike Hamilton needs to go,

Mike Hamilton needs to go, and I say good riddance to Pearl. At a university that puts athletics before academics, the least we should expect is class from the coaches.

siam's picture

Cuonzo Martin

Figger Ernie will ever realize Hamilton and Haslam are never gonna listen to him? So who actually interviewed? 2? Byrd and Martin?

metulj's picture

To be fair, Cuonzo Martin is

To be fair, Cuonzo Martin is a good, not great pick, that could be a great pick. Hamilton just pushed all in with this guy. We'll see.

Andy Axel's picture

You could do a lot worse than

You could do a lot worse than a Gene Keady protege.

Of course, M_rtin's is a name never uttered in my household. I have my reasons.

Pam Strickland's picture

The more I read about this

The more I read about this Cuonzo guy, the more I like him. I'm thinking this could be a Derek Dooley type pick.

R. Neal's picture

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http://blogs.knoxnews.com/sil

Factchecker's picture

Will he be invited to join a

Will he be invited to join a prestigious country club?

Pam Strickland's picture

I said this elsewhere, I

I said this elsewhere, I think he's got too much class to be invited to join one of the prestigious country clubs. This guy understands hard work and what it means to do your job right. I like him.

fischbobber's picture

Country Club

I'd love to see him at Holston Hills. He'd be a great role model for the kids in the junior golf program there.

metulj's picture

At a tougher course too,

At a tougher course too, IMHO. Back when I was a golfer -- I gave the game up in 1997 -- I had a relatively low handicap at an 8. My boss was a member at Cherokee and took me for a round and I shot par with the only eagle of my life on one hole. Definitely a member's course. A couple of weeks later I posted a 96 at Holston Hills and lost 3 balls after 15 minutes of search for each. Longest day of golf ever. I hadn't shot an above bogie round since I was a pre-teen. I was so tired I slept in my car for an hour before driving home in the dark. The only reason I would ever go back to golf is to join that country club to learn that course.

fischbobber's picture

Holston Hills

My son is a junior member there and the grand joy of my life is walking the course watching him play. He shot 78 from the whites as an eleven year old last year and opened this year with a 42 on the front nine. I know my days are numbered as a caddy but I'm loving every last bit of pre-puberty it's still cool for dad to hang with me time.

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