Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will host a college basketball show on satellite radio service SiriusXM.
Pearl was fired in March after six seasons in the wake of an NCAA investigation that culminated with a three-year show-cause penalty against the coach. The sanction makes it nearly impossible for another school to hire him during that time.
Famous for painting his bare chest orange during a Tennessee women’s game, Pearl always figured he’d wind up in broadcasting someday.
”I did always know that at some point this coaching was going to end,” he told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ”I just didn’t think it was going to take a break this quickly.”
Pearl will make his debut Nov. 14 and will host a three-hour call-in show twice a week starting in January.
He wanted to stay around basketball even if he doesn’t coach again, so Pearl and his agent let broadcasters know he was interested.
”Of course I had some concern because of the way my tenure at Tennessee ended,” he said of whether anyone would hire him so soon.
Pearl was cited for unethical conduct for lying to investigators in June 2010 about improperly hosting recruits at his home. If college basketball’s hot topic of the day is ever a team under NCAA investigation, Pearl says he will ”absolutely” dive into the conversation.
The 51-year-old Pearl has been working as a vice president of marketing with a Knoxville-based wholesale grocery company after considering an offer to coach the Texas Legends of the NBA’s development league.
”It’s all I’ve ever done,” he said of working in basketball. ”I don’t want to walk away from it.”