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|Former Vols coach Bruce Pearl is interested in trying his hand as a hoops broadcaster.|
Bruce Pearl was back in a gym Thursday, his enthusiasm radiating to 100 campers.
The gym was at Alcoa High School. Pearl's host was the Alcoa boys' coach, Tony Jones.
Are you going to coach again, I asked Pearl?
"I am coaching,'' Pearl shot back.
"I've got a sales managers meeting next week and I'm gonna be coaching.''
Pearl says he's all-in with Hackney. The position allowed him to stay in Knoxville, which is still home to his four children. Hackney also allows Pearl to pursue media opportunities. He's been doing radio and hopes to join ESPN for the coming season. Nothing official yet.
"I want to see if I'm any good at calling games and being in studio,'' he said. "I want to see if the lifestyle fits and the travel is OK. I want to see if it fits with what I'm doing with Hackney.''
And if it does all fit, if it's enough, Pearl might not feel compelled to return to the bench.
"Coaching was just part of what I did at Tennessee,'' Pearl said. "I don't want to be defined by my won-loss record. I don't know that I want coaching to continue to decide where is home. This is home.''