Pearl works without contract for now

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl has worked without a formal contract for more than a month, but his boss said both sides are "in the process of finalizing" a new contract.

According to athletic director Mike Hamilton, the coach has been working under a "letter of appointment" since Sept. 9. Hamilton said he sent the proposed new contract to Pearl and his lawyers on Oct. 8, and the sides have since been working to complete the deal.

PDF: Pearl letter

"We've made the decision - and Bruce knows it - that he's our coach, and this is just a part of the formal process to get him back under the new contract with the new terms," Hamilton said Thursday night. "Technically, he violated the terms of the previous contract, so that contract had to be terminated.