Archive for April, 2009

Bruce Pearl’s shirtless rap highlights Vols’ award ceremony

Tennessee coaches continue to struggle to keep their shirts on.

Men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl is the latest culprit.

Wearing an orange-and-white checkered sport coat, orange tie and no shirt, Pearl performed a rap song with three Volunteer athletes Monday night at the “Volscars,” Tennessee’s athletic awards ceremony. See the video.

Pearl also appeared publicly without his shirt at a 2007 women’s basketball game against Duke. But he’s not the only Volunteer coach to shed his shirt.

In early March, several Volunteer football coaches made an unforgettable impression on recruits by ripping off their shirts “Superman style.”

Will head football coach Lane Kiffin be next?

“I don’t think so,” Kiffin told the Knoxville News.

Kiffin did, however, participate in a skit with his father and defensive coordinator Monty Kiffin.

Creekside high school product Eric Berry was named the men’s best male athlete of the year at the ceremony at the Knoxville Convention Center.

We wondered what …

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Is Tony Gonzalez worth the Falcons’ 2nd-round pick?

The Internet and sports talk radio were buzzing Monday about the possibility of the Falcons trading for All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez.

According to the National Football Post, the Falcons “are seriously considering” sending a second-round pick (No. 55 overall) to the Chiefs for the 33-year-old tight end.

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter looked into the rumors and found nothing concrete, but says things could “percolate” into something.

Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

The Falcons’ top tight end Justin Peelle caught 15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Would this be a good move for the Falcons?

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Are UGA fans happy with Mark Fox?

Georgia hired a new basketball coach Thursday.
It wasn’t Clemson’s Oliver Purnell or Miami’s Frank Haith, or even Bobby Knight.
Instead, the Bulldogs’ new coach is Nevada’s Mark Fox.

Was this the splash you were hoping for?

Fox, 40, has had success. He took over at Nevada in 2004, after current LSU coach Trent Johnson left to take over at Stanford. He led the Wolf Pack to three NCAA tournaments, the last in 2007, and advanced to the second round twice.
But, with Missouri’s Mike Anderson and Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel being mentioned as early top candidates, Fox is a surprise.
So, what do you think of UGA’s move? Would you have been happier with Purnell or Heath?

Mark Fox Photos

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