April 3, 2009
Tennessee gives men’s hoops coach new deal
University of Tennessee men's basketball Coach Bruce Pearl received a renegotiated six-year contract Friday after reports said Memphis might want to hire him.
Interim President Jan Simek and Athletic Director Mike Hamilton made the announcement, saying details will be released later.
I truly love my job and I want it to be clear that I'm not interested in any other job,Pearl said on Tennessee's Web site.
I'm 100 percent committed to this school, this program and our student-athletes. Tennessee has all the resources necessary to win championships, from our recently upgraded facilities to our ability to schedule.
Memphis needs a replacement for John Calipari, who became the head coach at Kentucky earlier this week.
In four seasons in Knoxville, Pearl has guided the Volunteers to a 98-37 mark, including four NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Vols were 21-13 this season and finished in a tie with South Carolina for the SEC's East Division title.