Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Just as Bruce Pearl is about to head into the NCAA Tournament, his future is suddenly in flux.
Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton thrust Pearl into a new stage of uncertainty regarding his future for next season.
“The jury is out on what’s going to happen with that at this point,” Hamilton told radio station WNML in an interview that was taped on Tuesday and aired on Wednesday. “We don’t know the answer today.”
Tennessee faces 10 NCAA violations, including an unethical conduct charge after Pearl initially lied to NCAA investigators about a hosting juniors at a BBQ at his house.
“I think that we’ve done a lot of soul-searching about the direction of our program and we’ll continue to do that, and we’ll decide after we’re out of the NCAA tournament what the direction is that we’re going to go next,” Hamilton told WNML.
Pearl declined comment to the New Sentinel.
Tennessee (19-14) meets Michigan (20-13) in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Friday.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.