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Steven Pearl, BBQ jokes and a Tennessee radio ad

May 21, 2013, 11:09 AM EST

Bruce Pearl AP

Around two years ago, Bruce Pearl was fired as the University of Tennessee’s head coach stemming from lies that he told NCAA investigators that were looking into relatively minor infractions.

Pearl had hosted Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft at his house for a barbecue during a recruiting visit and a picture of him was taken at Pearl’s house. Lying to the NCAA is, quite literally, the worst possible thing that you can do, and it resulted in Pearl getting a show-cause penalty and losing his job at a program that he had built into a consistent winner after years spent in basketball purgatory.

It was a sad story at the time.

But looking back, it’s actually kind of funny.

Pearl got fired for taking a picture with a recruit at a barbecue at his house. Think about that.

Clearly, his son, Steven, has. Steven is a former Vols player that now hosts a Saturday radio show in Knoxville. He’s enough of a celebrity that Calhoun’s BBQ used him to read their radio ads, and, well, there’s a bit of genius in it:

“If there’s one thing we Pearls know, it’s how to throw a barbecue.”

“Just remember, my two rules for legendary backyard barbecues … 1) Get your food from Calhoun’s and 2) Absolutely no photography.”

“Offer not available to Aaron Craft.”

Genius.

(Nice find, EB)

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. delashmit - May 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Great Ad! Vol For Life.

  2. coryfor3 - May 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Actually it isn’t “quite literally” the worst thing you can do. I love it that people even when claiming to use literally as it actually means still don’t use it correctly. That’s quite literally one if the most annoying things writers do.

  3. cranespy - May 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I noticed on Bruce’s studio work at ESPN with Seth Greenberg that the Pearl obviously has a short fuse….the college game is better off if this hothead stays away. Now Greenberg on the other hand is the best hire ESPN has made in a long time.

  4. yuckygeo - May 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    First we get “Lying to the NCAA is, quite literally, the worst possible thing that you can do, and it resulted in Pearl getting a show-cause penalty and losing his job…”

    And then we get “Pearl got fired for taking a picture with a recruit at a barbecue at his house.”

    So which is it? He got fired for lying to the NCAA or taking a picture with a recruit?

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