published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

UT intends fast hire in ‘great job’

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    Bruce Pearl and forward Tyler Smith embrace after Tennessee's first round win over American at the 2008 NCAA East Regional tournament. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

KNOXVILLE — Between two new football coaches and a baseball hire, coaching searches have been pretty common for the University of Tennessee men’s athletic program since 2008.

But with Bruce Pearl and his staff fired Monday, the basketball Volunteers are on the coaching market for the first time since 2005.

“Our search process will begin immediately,” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a statement released Monday night. “This is a great job and will attract a significant number of interested coaches.

“Much of that interest is a tribute to what Coach Pearl has helped to build, but more importantly, what our fans have built. We will take an appropriate amount of time but will move as swiftly as is effective to bring this to conclusion.”

If the basketball program’s most recent process of hiring a new coach is any indication, UT will move quickly to land its new leader. Pearl was hired exactly two weeks after predecessor Buzz Peterson was fired.

UT had to wait for Wisconsin-Milwaukee to lose in the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA tournament before beginning the interview process then. Hamilton consulted with the search firm Champ Search, and it’s likely UT again will go that route. And again, some potential candidates have teams still playing.

UT is not the only attractive job open this year, as Arkansas, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Oklahoma currently have vacancies.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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Livn4life said...

Let's be sure quick does not become hasty. It is not in our favor that there are several other good jobs open. Still we should be able to land a solid head coach at least as the NCAA tournament winds down. I am not convinced our programs in general can move ahead with the leadership or lack of by the AD but it is what it is. That popular and supportive fan base has been impacted by the current ADs actions and that could have a negative effect. We shall see how that plays out.

March 23, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Gregg Marshall is going to be the new coach

March 24, 2011 at 8:50 a.m.
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