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Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 3:03 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

In the end, Bruce Pearl did what must of us expected him to do with his new life: take a job in the marketing community.

Wait ... what? Yep, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Pearl has passed on coaching at the D-League level or taking a job in television, opting instead to join H.T. Hackney Co.'s marketing team. It's a shocking move for Pearl, considering how he has grown to adore the spotlight. I have to commend him for this move, which is certainly not a high-profile gig, even if it will raise eyebrows for a day.

Pearl, who is serving a three-year show-cause that was handed down by the NCAA last week, will start Sept. 1 for the company, which is based in Knoxville and is in the "wholesale grocery" business. Pearl's path has become one of the more unpredictable ones in college basketball, considering where he was just over a year ago.

Board room meetings just got a lot more fun.

Here's more from the News-Sentinel:

H.T. Hackney, which has its corporate offices in downtown Knoxville and a regional distribution center in Roane County, is led by Chairman and CEO Bill Sansom, who formerly sat on UT's board of trustees and also is a TVA director. Sansom said Pearl, who was a marketing and economics major at the Boston College School of Management, brings freshness, enthusiasm and a strategic vision to the company.

"H.T. Hackney is a great company that has been doing things right for a long time," Sansom said in a statement. "I've known Bruce Pearl for years — his leadership, competitiveness and understanding of marketing is a great fit for our organization."

Pearl ... said the decision came down to a handful of important factors.

"I worked for 33 years — my entire coaching career — to get to a place like Knoxville," the former coach said in a statement. "This is where my family lives, this is home. We have made life-long friends here and we are very blessed to have this opportunity. ... It took a company like H.T. Hackney with a leader like Bill Sansom to attract me. As a coach, I know the importance of being a team player. It is my goal to assist our sales and marketing staff to better serve our customers, vendors and to grow our business."

So Pearl's going to stay away from basketball -- for the foreseeable future -- in the interest of humility, a change of pace and an intriguing job opportunity he probably never thought he'd have.

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Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:59 am
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

It always seems that the players/ team/coaches/ boosters that are involved in college basketball scandal are seldom the elite.
When was the last time you heard about Duke, NC, Kansas being involved in a major scandal.

*#*# Tennessee.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:56 am
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

It always seems that the teams/ coaches/boosters that cheat in college basketball are seldom the elite in the sport.
When was the last time you read about Duke, NC, Kansas etc. being involved in a major scandal?

#*&# Tennessee.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

Now if we can just get a few more to take jobs outside of coaching and get more with integrity. 




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Pearl a martyr in UT booster community?

It certainly looks like the corrupt boosters at Tennessee are taking care of one of their own.  I think it is actually pretty cool in Pearl's case, though.  He has talent and deserves to have a job.  If it was me, though, I would have taken the TV gig.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

So Pearl just took a three year vacation from coaching. But more importantly is staying close in Knoxville. And UT just recently hired basically his next assistant coach to run the program for him until he can return as head coach. Makes sense.



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

Casual Fridays just got a lot more interesting at the H.T. Hackney Company.




Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

wow bigdaddy such anguish to post in all capitals haha... danstop thats some funny stuffLaughing. definitely didnt see this coming. thought he wouldve took the dleauge job.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:30 am
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

I have a sneaking suspicion that Bruce's current wife made it crystal clear to him that she did not want to leave Knoxville.

Otherwise, a coaching lifer like Pearl would have already taken an assistant coaching job in the NBA for $500K a year or taken the D-League head coaching job in Texas.

With that being said, I think Bruce would be great as a college basketball color analyst and I wouldn't be surprised to see him in that role within the next couple of years if it turns out that he is done with coaching.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:12 am
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

OK LETS SEE.     HT HACKNEY HAS A GOOD REPUTATION,   OR HAD ONE.   I KNOW HE MADE A MISTAKE.   NO HE MADE ONE BEFORE IN MILWAUKEE TOO.   OH AND BY THE WAY,  HE CHEATED ON HIS WIFE THERE TOO.    MR. SANSOM,  WHAT YOU JUST HIRED WAS A PHILANDERING CHEATER THAT OBVIOUSLY DID NOT BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE VOWS.   AND HE RECRUITS DEAD BEATS, THUGS AND JAIL BIRDS.   GREAT HIRE GUYS.   EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY THINKS HE IS A SCUM BAG,  EXCEPT OF COURSE HERE IN KNOXVILLE.   BRANDI,   HANG AROUND HE START BACK ON HIS WAYS IN ABOUT A YEAR OR TWO.



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Pearl passes on D-League, TV; takes marketing job

He will be in charge of supplying "wholesale groceries" for secret cookouts for college recruits, and advising the hosts in how to avoid the scrutiny of NCAA investigators.  There is nothing like experience when hiring a new employee.


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