On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Bruce Pearl spoke some about DeAndre Liggins, saying some nice things about his defense and noting that his teammates seemto have a lot of confidence in him. But no one cares about that. What we do care about is that Pearl told reporters that he didn’t like DeAndre Liggins trash-talking the Vols, though noted that it’s “part of the game”. While Pearl’s petty opinion certainly out of character for him, it is amusing that the Pearl would frown on such displays of emotion considering what he brings to the table every season. Year-in and year-out, there’s not another team in the SEC that runs their mouths like the Vols – most notably Scotty Hopson. Given their propensity for doodoo-talking, it’s a wonder that the CDC hasn’t issued an alert for halitosis in Knoxville. Of course, it could just be that selective memory creeping up again on ole Brucie. He’s had memory issues before.
Given Bruce’s obvious disdain for trash-talking, you can be sure he had no further comments on the subject or any shots at DeAndre Liggins. Oh, what? He did? Nevermind. Later, Pearl said that he should have just let Scotty Hopson guard Liggins because “Liggins can’t score on Scotty. Scotty can score on Liggins.” Umm, Bruce, did you watch the game? The only Scotty I saw was Scotty Smallballs and he shot 2-10. And that Liggins guy, he scored 19 on you guys when you came to Rupp. In fact, in two meetings this year, Scotty Smallballs is averaging 12 points on 5-18 shooting. DeAndre Liggins has gone for 12.5 per game on 8-11. Seems to blow up your whole theory there, huh? Listen, just take your whoopin’ like a man. And your early postseason exit too. And the complete thrashing the NCAA is going to put on you this summer. We don’t want this to get even uglier.
Remember: Defeat is not an option. You just picked a fight with a warlock. Duh, winning!