Wednesday, March 28, 2007

PEARL LIKES THAT ORANGE JACKET AND ROCKY TOP

Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl says he happy at Tennessee and he won’t be leaving. The men's basketball coach was contacted Tuesday by Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, who got clearance the night before from Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton to talk to Pearl, a former Iowa assistant.

Pearl told Barta he was not leaving Tennessee, and then he wanted fans to know.

"I'm putting it out there just as fast as I can because I don't want it to be a concern of our fans, and I want to demonstrate my loyalty and my commitment to this program. I appreciate very much being here, so I don't want them to worry about me going anywhere," Pearl told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "This is where I want to be. I want to be here as long as they'll be happy with me here."

Iowa will hold a press conference announcing the hiring of Pearl later today.

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