Meet Bruce Pearl, who is the head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Tennessee. Pearl is also the head coach of the US national team taking part in the 2009 World Maccabiah Games. See photos, video and a biography of Bruce Pearl here.
Bruce is said to be the main candidate for the post of the head basketball coach at the University of Memphis. The post was left empty just yesterday by John Capilari, who has moved on to Kentucky, after leading Memphis to Sweet Sixteen in the on-going NCAA Tournament.
According to some sources, Memphis is ready to offer Pearl anything in the neighbourhood of $3m per season for the job and their Athletic Director R.C. Johnson has already been talking to him.
Although, Tennessee has denied that anyone had contacted Pearl.
“No one has talked to Memphis,” Tennessee spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter told The Associated Press.
As a biography, Bruce Pearl was born on March 18, 1960 in Boston so his age is 49. He attended Boston College and graduated from there in 1982. He had also served as the manager of the men’s basketball team over there.
Pearl had previously worked as the assistant coach at the University of Iowa where he was involved in a scandal involving then top high school prospect Deon Thomas and Illionois assistant coach Jimmy Collins. The incident was widely criticesd and ESPN had named it as a ‘career suicide’ for Pearl.
However, Bruce emerged from the lowdowns in his career to spend successful stints at Southern Indiana and Milwaukee. He then succeded Buzz Peterson as the head coach at Tennessee in March 2005. He is the first coach to lead the Tennessee Volunteers to the number one ranking in February 2008. He is also the second-fastest college basketball coach to win 300 matches.
It is yet to see if he moves on to Memphis in search of bigger challenges. Tennessee will certainly miss him if he does so.