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 other coaches are considering going topless here.

29 comments Add your comment

Coz109

April 15th, 2009
6:51 pm

Let’s hope Pat Summit doesn’t go this route.

DeltaDawg

April 15th, 2009
7:55 pm

…or Phil Fulmer.

dude

April 15th, 2009
8:01 pm

thats ok. Mark Richt wears a bra so he cant go shirtless.

theTruth

April 15th, 2009
8:28 pm

Let’s hope Monte doesn’t join in. Yikes!!! Now Layla on the other hand….

Diamond Dawg

April 15th, 2009
9:09 pm

What a bunch of idiots

gtforever

April 15th, 2009
9:15 pm

Good Grief, those Vol’s were always different….

FLDAWG

April 15th, 2009
10:16 pm

gt forever, I agree…what a weird story and day, I agreed with a Techie, maybe the first and last time for that. Lets hope its the last for the shirtless vol coaches…i could have done without this story…probably have nightmares for weeks.

SEC Fan

April 15th, 2009
10:17 pm

UT coaching staff is like watching a soap opera, lets see who can out dumb each other? what a bunch of tools, i can’t wait to see uga and uf hang half a hundread on their arse’. Kiffen and company have to resort to this when your program is 8th best in the SEC

ReptilesRule

April 15th, 2009
10:22 pm

Well at least I’ve got to give Bruce Pearl credit…he has been humble and respectful of other programs and he has proven he can coach unlike that idiot football coach they have. Had a chance just to say hi when he was down here in Tampa for the SEC Tourney and he was actually pretty cool. Truth be known, its hard not to like Bruce with his wacky sense of humor. I don’t like it a bit that he has kinda owned my Gators but you know, I got to respect it. Good coach and funny as hell.

tnecvolfan2001

April 15th, 2009
11:30 pm

SEC fan, you sure are bitter. sorry that a bunch of guys having fun and NOT taking themselves seriously has your panties in a wad. as for GA and UF hangin’ half a hundred on the vols — in your dreams, big man. too bad the DOGS have seen their best days

tyler

April 16th, 2009
1:25 am

LOL look at the bitter comments towards Tennessee & Bruce.. You don’t have to be a fan of bruce pearl but he has came in and done a remarkable job at UT. Georgia fans can only wish a coach could come in and win the games he’s won and sold out just about every game in the arena.. Something Georgia does not do. Who cares if he takes his shirt off, he’s having fun with the players and the fans. if you are not a tennessee fan, don’t worry about it. We as vol fans are VERY happy to have him!

KNelson

April 16th, 2009
7:38 am

Thanks again AJC for the continued support and media attention to The University of Tennessee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KNelson

April 16th, 2009
7:41 am

UGA couldnt hang 10 points on a 2nd string defense in a Spring game!!! Tennessee will have a defense this year that will be 3 times better than the UGA defense. Good Luck and please continue to show your envy!

Otto

April 16th, 2009
9:29 am

Nelson it isn’t envy its the hilarity of Knoxville.

Reality

April 16th, 2009
9:53 am

Knellie, isn’t it envy to always show up on a GA newspaper site? As far as your defense being 3x as good, you wouldn’t want to wager on that, would you? Per Eric Berry’s own words, the defense you are running “IS NO DIFFERENT THEN THE ONE WITH JOHN CHAVIS”, his words, not mine. Of course, it wasn’t your defense that was the problem last year or the year before, or the year before, you get my drift. Remind me again how many points that Tampa Two gave up last year especially when it counted down the stretch???

KNelson

April 16th, 2009
9:53 am

Otto, lets see ! In football we own the record. In basketball your team hasnt beaten Tennessee in 4 years. I find it funny that the only teams you can discuss are the ones who beat you more often than they lose to you!

KNelson

April 16th, 2009
9:55 am

Chavis defense was one of the best in the SEC year after year. I would love to wager but seeing as I doubt you ever have seen the inside of a college classroom you lack the income to do so. I come into the AJC because daily they promote THE VOLS !

SEC Guy

April 16th, 2009
10:12 am

I for one thinks Bruce is hot!! He could take he shirt off for me anytime!! Go Vols!

Reality

April 16th, 2009
10:16 am

Knellie, I’m blogging from my office while you are blogging from home while your mom’s basement. So yes, I will wager. Name your price and I will give you my email addy. Put up or shut up. Give your email addy and I’ll email mine. You also made everyone’s point about Tn not getting any better. Most vol fans mention Monte as the reason you will be better, you won’t have a better defense than you did last year, or the year before, or the year before.

gladevol

April 16th, 2009
10:37 am

Thanks AJC for keeping us in the news. The enthusiasm from our coaches is phenomenal. While the rest of the SEC may not like it, the UT fans, recruits and players love it, and that is what counts. It is called “having fun”, which a lot of you don’t seem to understand. Look at all the great and national publicity we have gotten from all our coaches. It has especially been a lot of help with recruiting. Be prepared for the next step….Kiffin and Pearl will soon drop trousers and “moon” all of you.

Reality

April 16th, 2009
10:42 am

gladevol, that’s funny right there…scary, but funny.

KNelson

April 16th, 2009
2:35 pm

Reality, your inability to post without taking a personal attack shows your lack of an education as well as the ability to move out of your home. Do you actually have more than a 12th grade education?

Reality

April 16th, 2009
2:42 pm

Nellie, my inability to post without taking a personal attack? Let’s see, (I doubt you have never seen the inside of a college classroom), (You lack the income to do so), and I’ve seen you make personal attacks on everyone that doesn’t agree with you (everyone) because of your ignorance. You have said as such that nobody on here has an education past high school, which in fact, I would venture that most on here has a college degree expect for immature idiots like you. You are a moron and everyone here knows it, like it or not. I do not feel the need to state my education because it is hanging on my wall. Yours?

Reality

April 16th, 2009
2:43 pm

Nellie, either grow some and post your email addy or STHU.

KNelson

April 16th, 2009
2:51 pm

What a child you are ! Why would I be so foolish as to post my email so that all of these other children can bother me? post yours !

KNelson

April 16th, 2009
3:48 pm

So you have a high school diploma on your wall? I only state facts , its those like you who cannot see past your red and black fantasy that fail to act with any sense.Just curious if and when Ga loses to UT have you already prepared an excuse? As far as the rest of the posters, I doubt 50% of them have ever seen the inside of a college classroom. That includes you ! No go and spank your puppy, he pee’d on your mommies floor.

Reality

April 16th, 2009
8:33 pm

I would venture a high school diploma would be more than you have. I guess you’re not man enough to take me up on my bet.

dshaw

April 17th, 2009
5:52 pm

the dogs football team never lives up to expectations. Always 3rd to gators and vols 95% of the time. You guys would love to have Bruce for a coach. Ya”ll had to get a nobody for a basketball coach and you make fun of someone else progarm.