Pearl has a problem under the hood!
Someone needs to tell Bruce Pearl to leave the one liners to Jay Leno. Thinking it was amateur night at that improv, the Tennessee men’s basketball coach made a very weak attempt at humor, and if I could steal a couple of words from Terry Bradshaw, not funny. Pearl thought it would be a good idea to suggest some of his players come from regions of our country that support the KKK. During a recent fundraising event, Pearl said, ”I’ve got a tough job. I’ve got to put these guys from different worlds together, right? I’ve got guys from Chicago, Detroit. I’m talking about the hood! And I’ve got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood.” Bruce, before you go Archie Bunker on us, you need to understand your players do everything together for 5 straight months during the season, and suggesting that some of your guys come from parts of the country that endorse the KKK probably isn’t going to give the inner city kids warm and fuzzy feelings about their rural teamates. And of course, you probably should have your facts straight before you accuse any geographic region of actually being card carrying members of any cult. Those type of unfound accusations tend to offend people. What is it about these U. of Tennessee coaches? Lane Kiffin hasn’t stopped insulting people since he arrived in Knoxville and now Pearl drops a line David Duke would be proud of. For the record, Peal has apologized, especially to the people in Grainger County, the home of freshman Skylar McBee. But Bruce, the next time you use the word hood while addressing or referring to your players, you might consider putting it after the word brother. Much more effective.