Well the word just came down a little while ago that Bruce Pearl will not return as head coach at Tennessee, and there’s already a ton of reaction out there to his firing.
But what does Pearl himself think? Here’s a comment on his Facebook page concerning the decision:
As many of you know, I have been fired as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. This really does not come as a surprise to me, but my emotions are getting the best of me. This is perhaps the saddest day in my life. I loved everything about Tennessee, Knoxville and the Volunteers. These were the best years of my life!”
Definitely some strong emotion from Pearl on his firing, which is to be expected.
Keep in mind the type of energy and passion that he has put into rejuvenating the Tennessee men’s basketball program. He’s the definition of enthusiasm, and given everything that he did for this program, it’s gotta be extremely tough to lose it all like this.
This was Pearl’s dream job and this certainly wasn’t the way he wanted to go out. But like Pearl said himself, this should come as no surprise to anyone, as once athletic director Mike Hamilton came out and said what he said on Wednesday, it seemed like it was just a matter of time before Pearl was let go.
It will be interesting to see where Tennessee goes from here. As I said in my earlier post when the news broke, Pearl will find another job. Some school that is desperate need will take a chance on Pearl, and he’ll try to do for them what he did for the Vols.
But on the Tennessee side, it’s not going to be that easy. It will be a long road back for them, and they’ve got quite a bit of work to do before they can get things even close to normal again in that program.