Here’s your chance to buy Bruce Pearl’s infamous house

He may not recognize it in an NCAA photo, but Bruce Pearl is asking $2.69 million for the house that ultimately got him fired as Tennessee basketball coach.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Pearl’s 10,200-square foot home is up for sale in Knoxville.

The coach is apparently going to keep a residence in Knoxville, just not this one.

As you remember, Pearl’s problems with the NCAA began when NCAA investigators showed the then Tennessee coach of himself with several recruits at a Bar-B-Q. Pearl told the investigators he did not know where the picture was taken. Turned out, it was at Pearl’s home, which was an NCAA violation.

By the time Pearl confessed, it was too late. Not for him to be coach at Tennessee. He remained with the Vols until Tennessee was trounced in the NCAA Tournament. Then, Pearl was fired.

Back in 2008, when Knoxville Magazine did a feature on Pearl’s house, the coach said, “He said: “I’m 48 years old. I was poor for about 45 years and have been rich for about three. And it feels great.”

Click on the Knoxville blog for pics of the Pearl palace.

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Comments

  1. Joe D. says:

    John–
    Considering the UK’s rather infamous history (and future history to be made) with the NCAA, I must chuckle a little at the magnitude of Pearl’s sins. He and Tennessee have, or will, pay the price.

    Are there any other people who have recently lost their jobs and are having to sell their home that you want to make fun of? Or is it just ex-UK rival coaches that fall into the category?

    I can’t believe how small people become when it comes to sports. Why not take a page out of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry to come down and poison the trees in his yard?

    Perhaps have a parade in Lexington! Kind of like the one in 1991 that celebrated the SEC Championship that Mississippi State won.

  2. John Clay says:

    Pearl’s case is special because his home figured into his demise.

    And there was no parade in 1991.

  3. Joe D. says:

    “the house that ultimately got him fired as Tennessee basketball coach.”

    It was the violation committed in the house, and actually lying about the secondary violation, was what got Pearl fired…not the house.

    He made a mountain out of a molehill, and got what he deserved. Considering his recent recruiting (or lack thereof), UK fans should be disappointed that Pearl is no longer in Knoxville.