Topless at Tennessee, Part Three: Bruce Pearl shows some skin but Lane Kiffin keeps covered

Bruce Pearl (left) took it off but Lane Kiffin (right) kept it on. (AP photos)

Bruce Pearl (left) took it off but Lane Kiffin (right) kept it on. (AP photos)

Although new Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin has gotten the most press from his coaches’ shirt-ripping stunt during an early March Junior Day visit from recruits, in truth it was men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl who really started the whole Tennessee Topless phenomenon when he showed up shirtless and painted in orange to show support for the Lady Vols in a 2007 game against rival Duke.

Pearl went shirtless again Monday night when he and three Vols athletes performed a rap song during Tennessee’s athletics awards ceremony. The hoops coach sported one of his trademark orange-and-white checkered sport coat, orange tie and… a lot of skin.

For his part, Lane Kiffin remained clothed, performing in a skit with father / defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

VIDEO: Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl’s topless rap

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April 22nd, 2009
1:09 pm

If you expect TN fans to be embarrased, forget it. They know they can act like a jackass and get away with it. There only punishment is having to look at that ugly orange on their fellow fans. Wait to you see that checkerboard white or black, these guys think they invented tachy. I’ll bet wearing sun glasses doesn’t even stop it.


April 17th, 2009
12:04 pm

It is just so sad to see the level that some will go to just to “fit in” and hopefully get a few more recruits to take notice. The “gangsta” image that is being promoted in sports only gains momemtum when you have this type stuff. What about the middle schoolers watching? Sad.


April 16th, 2009
11:36 pm

will at least UT Basketball team can be talked about uga basketball…., and tech even though they got favors he is gonna be one and done, and by the way who did florida beat worse last year UT or was it UGA that got fifty put on them, hmmmm?


April 16th, 2009
8:54 pm

Next time any UGA fan talks about how classless Tennessee is, think of this- 15 arrests last year for UGA’s football team including one for Mr. Sturdivant feeling up a pregnant lady in a bar, but Mark Richt still tries to preach values in public while he turns a blind eye to his own players. At least Tennessee doesn’t pretend to be something their not. Its the SEC (League of rednecks for those who don’t know), many adults to crazy things in recruiting.


April 16th, 2009
3:49 pm

Dawg fans are just jealous that UT has coaches who are more interesting than watching paint dry.


April 16th, 2009
11:51 am

Bruce Pearl remind me of a scummie used car salesman…A little on the white trash side in Hillbillie country.


April 16th, 2009
11:33 am

I take it Bruce never hits the gym!


April 16th, 2009
11:22 am

Now if CLK’s wife goes topless…i have a feeling nobody here complains.


April 16th, 2009
11:18 am

Ahhh, the bizarre AJC obsession with all things UT continues… I will say it again, nobody in TN talks about anything UGA at any time. Nobody cares. The only thing I can chalk it up to is the fact that Atlanta is second only to Knoxville in terms of its UT fan base.