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Bye Bye Brucie? Hello Gillispie? (Unrelated, Obvs.)

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Mike Hamilton, the Tennessee Athletic Director, has made it his job to botch pretty much everything.  First there was the awful hiring of Lane Kiffin and the millions of violations he brought in.  Then there was the mishandling of the Bruce Pearl situation earlier this year.  Now he has gone and indirectly put a target on his coaches back just a few days before the NCAA tournament. Not the smartest move, Mike.

But the fact remains that while his timing was off, we should give him a little credit for admitting earlier today that the ‘jury is out on what’s going to happen with that at this point,’ in regards to Bruce Pearl’s employment as the Tennessee Head Coach next year.  While there’s no telling what Mike Hamilton will decide to do after the season, if Tennessee could find a way to upset Duke I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt Bruce’s chances.  Or my bracket, for that matter.

In other coach related news, it’s beginning to look a lot like Gillispie will be coaching at Texas Tech.  It has been confirmed that BCG had an interview with the TT AD earlier today and by all reports, it went well.  It would be a good fit for the former Head Coach given his Texas ties and his tendency to perform better at smaller schools with less pressure.  I personally hope he finds his way back into the coaching ranks – and we get to run him out of the NCAA tournament one of these days.

Article written by Will Lentz

42 Comments for Bye Bye Brucie? Hello Gillispie? (Unrelated, Obvs.)



  1. Junior Braddy is walking on thru that door
    8:03 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    In totally unrelated coaching news..Buzz Peterson is now leading a senior citizens aerobics class.



  2. Rob Lock's Ghost
    8:07 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    i personally hope that we not only run him out of the NCAA tournament someday…but we also out tough him when we do it



  3. Band Of BlueCats
    8:12 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Tennessee needs to get a guy like Brian Gregory of Dayton. A guy who would clean things up and he really cares about academics.



  4. GoCats2
    8:18 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    That is common sense. They are obviously waiting to see what UT does in the tourney before they decide. Of course UT probably hung a banner for making it to the sweet sixteen for the first time so who knows what their expectations are.



  5. ukwildcatwildfan
    8:18 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Tennessee needs to get a guy like Mark Gottfried, a proven loser and sucky coach.



  6. Da Cayts
    8:22 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Whos coming to UT if they do fire Pearl?



  7. Waitin'on 8
    8:24 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Chris Low just said on air with Clay Travis that Bruce Pearl HAS BEEN FIRED! Pearl will coach Tennessee in the NCAA-T… then he is gone.



  8. bigblueCATS
    8:24 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    I hope UT hires a coach that will have the same NON-success against us as he did.



  9. I love Jesus
    8:25 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    I hope Pearl stays at Tennessee because he’s destroying them. And that will only enable us to keep destroying them!!

    GO BLUE



  10. Waitin'on 8
    8:25 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Again… PEARL HAS BEEN FIRED.



  11. Kentucky14
    8:25 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    The actual quote also said they would “make a decision once we are out of the NCAA tournament.” Great vote of confidence for the players.



  12. Bill
    8:26 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    If pearl beats Duke I will be a Big Orange fan for life. Well at least til next game the Big Orange plays.



  13. Waitin'on 8
    8:28 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    11… Did you actually hear the radio interview? Clay Travis is talking about a radio show that is NOT what was featured on ESPN today. Travis said that Pearl has been fired and will be gone after the NCAA-T.



  14. Mr Schwump
    8:30 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    12, wrong! Ef’em, I hope Duke beats them by 50.



  15. SECOnNotice
    8:31 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Darn. For a moment there I thought Gillispie was going to replace Pearl at Tennessee. That would have been awesome.



  16. I love Jesus
    8:37 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    If Billy Clyde has TRULY stopped chugging kegs, then I honestly think he will be a VERY successful coach wherever he goes. I really like him (minus the alcohol and player abuse). He was simply in over his head at UK, but the quote he made in Atlanta was priceless. Just after the tornado hit the Georgia Dome, the announcers asked him what he thought about it. Clyde replied, “I heard it, but I just thought it was all the UK fans coming in.” That was awesome!!



  17. Waitin'on 8
    8:38 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Evidently someone got in touch with Low… Low is saying he did NOT say Pearl has been fired. He just thinks Pearl will be fired.



  18. Just saying
    8:39 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    UT wont beat Michigan, sorry Brucie, but UT is simply not that good this year



  19. perryposterizing
    8:44 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Jamaal Magloire and Nazr Mohammed playing tonight for Heat and OKC respectively.



  20. Carlisle1974
    8:47 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    #3 – That would be good for Cat fans because BG couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag. Most UD fans I know can’t wait to run him out of town.



  21. 501 Jorts
    8:50 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Scotty….gone
    Tobias….gone

    Thanks for memories Bruce!



  22. blitzedanddazed
    8:59 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    If there is anyone that should have their job performance reviewed at the end of the season it is Mike Hamilton.
    Hamilton is a “troll” who loved Pearl as long as Pearl would give connections to the hot girls in Knoxville.
    Once Pearl cut him off ( at the wick ) Hamilton now has no more use for him. It sounds to me Mike Hamilton is a follower of the Tom Jurich philosophy of being a AD. Hey Hamilton, answer the phone!!!–It’s Lane Kiffin you dumb
    bastard.



  23. GhostofBearBryant
    9:01 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    TAM has 49k students. TTech has 30k. UK has 27k……it seems to me he does worse, not better at smaller schools.



  24. justice
    9:02 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Follow stan Simpson @stan_simpson



  25. blitzedanddazed
    9:04 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Scotty SmallBalls announced tonight he will leave for the NBA if Bruce Pearl is fired by UT.
    What time does the GreyHound Bus pass arrive in Hoptown?



  26. Elton John
    9:05 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Good-bye Norma Jean!



  27. Computer Blue
    9:07 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    My advice to Billy should he find a new job: sign the contract.



  28. BarakHusseinObama
    9:16 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Jimmy Dykes to Tennesee! He taught me to drive my Nail!



  29. Viren
    9:22 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Seriously Cats fan do we need UT to be in shambles for us to beat them on the hardwood floor. You are only undermining our success against them when you make those kinds of statements. We are better than that actually losing Pearl from SEC to conference like ACC will eventually hurt the conference in the long run. I give him props for playing a tough competition unlike Billy Donovan who pads up his wins against powder puff teams. I mean really who has Gators beaten to get the rpi in the teens, Wildcats were at least deserving of a #3 seed but we will find out as the tournament gets under way tomorrow for big blue fans. Go Cats shock the World



  30. bluetexan
    9:25 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    That’s o.k. – Hamilton comes from the “Barnfart-AD-Tree”…he, like Barny will screw-up, yet, another hire…maybe Pelphrey? Quinn Snyder? Fast Eddie Sutton? Sean Sutton? Nolan Richardson?



  31. bluebarnes
    9:29 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    To coach at Tennessee has alot of pressure. The mens program is third in the picking order behind football, Pat Summit, and then the men’s program. The guy who takes that program has to realize when he is in the AD’s office he is being compared to Pat in everthing he does. That’s why Pearl couldn’t handle the pressure, and there is a rumor coming out of Knoxville that he is related to a sportswriter by the last name of Tipton. Reason enough for being a failure.



  32. macon_volfan
    9:46 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    #31-the men’s bball program isn’t first, but it’s certainly not 3rd. That’s what those from outside the state think. The Lady Vols are a niche program. Sure, we love the success, and Patt Summitt is a heck of a coach, but when Bruce came and said, build a practice facility, it was done. Pat had asked for one for about 14 years…

    UT Football first, men’s second, and if baseball is good (think Todd Helton and Bubba Trammel) then even they’re above the LV’s..

    Unless you are old or a lesbian. Then LV are #1



  33. KyTom
    10:13 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Chris Lowe reported tonight that Pearl is OUT at UT. Not sure if after the tourney or immediately.



  34. Eric
    10:49 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Breaking News: Kanter reinstated by NCAA for Tourney. They found a stray fax on Tubby’s desk. Gillespie got drunk and hid it from Jeannine Edwards. (source: Charlie Sheen’s hangover)



  35. David Brent
    10:57 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    I prefer a flan.



  36. catfanintexas
    11:57 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Good-bye Brucie. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. The worse thing about Pearl is he is an ultimate hypocrite. Reporting others for violations they breaking the rules himself.



  37. tim
    12:00 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Go gettum Brucie! I love to hate you! Here’s hoping you’ll stay at TN so I’ll have someone else to laugh at.



  38. Rob Lock's Ghost
    3:27 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Texas Tech will better get tougher now!



  39. Assistant Coach
    6:44 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    6) Rick Pitino!



  40. Lou eaton
    8:48 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    All Pearl has to do is get UT into the elite eight or final four and his job is secure for the next 50 years…



  41. UKrifle>WVUrifle
    9:21 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    14, I must disagree! Anybody beating Dook is music to my ears, even if it is UT, UL, or IU. Dean Smith with the 4 corners, and Coach K with the flop, have been terrible for college ball.



  42. The Truth
    10:24 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Bruce Pearl runs a clean program compared to Cal.