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Tennessee fans rally to support Pearl

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Duane Lapell attends a rally to show support for Vols coach Bruce Pearl on Sunday.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)

Nearly 100 Tennessee fans gathered at a rally near the Volunteers' Thompson-Boling Arena to show their support for Bruce Pearl, who is waiting to learn his fate as men's basketball coach.

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Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton said Wednesday that Pearl would be evaluated after the Vols' season ended. Tennessee lost 75-45 to Michigan in its opener at the NCAA tournament Friday.

The NCAA charged Pearl with unethical conduct and other recruiting violations after he revealed he lied during an investigation into recruiting.

Fans dressed in orange and white chanted ''We want Bruce'' at Sunday's rally.

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