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What's new with Bruce Pearl?

4/28/2011

Bruce Pearl has been back on the airwaves recently, promoting Saturday's Fans of Hope fundraiser in which he and his wife, Brandy, hope to raise $1 million for the Cancer Institute at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Being fired as Tennessee's coach last month hasn't kept him from helping his wife host the event, which will mark his return to Thompson-Boling Arena. In fact it seems to mark a comeback of sorts into the public eye.

So how's it going for Pearl these days? He won't be coaching again until his issues with the NCAA are resolved, and he'll soon get to face the Committee on Infractions regarding recruiting violations. So right now, he's considering doing some television work.

From WNML-AM:

"It's certainly a possibility. Right now, we've got to get through the hearing from the Committee on Infractions coming up in June, and when we get through that, we'll take a look at what our options are.

"I'm pretty ready to try to move on. The thing about trying to get into the TV thing if I can do that, I have an opportunity to stay in Knoxville and with my children being in high school, that's certainly a reason why I would look toward that."

Asked if he were looking forward to meeting with the NCAA, Pearl said, "Uhh, probably not." He also told the station he had been trying to stay out of the spotlight of late while Cuonzo Martin has taken over at Tennessee.

"We've really purposely stepped back. We're going to support Coach Martin and the new coaching staff and hope that they…and know that they will continue to do a great job and have our basketball team being competitive," Pearl said.