Was reading the article on CBSSports.com and ESPN.com today (full story here ), and given the facts, TN was left with no choice. He may have been a heck of a coach and a nice guy, but his off-court behavior is just as important as what he could accomplish on the court. Let's face it: Pearl failed on a basic level. Even if what he did was harmless, his repeated transgressions pointed to someone who either didn't care or couldn't learn. Is that the kind of guy you want representing your school or program? Is that the kind of guy you want mentoring your kids?
To make matters worse, there was not one lapse. There were several. Just when TN thought they had a handle on what went down, more lapses emerged. You can forgive someone only so many times: He admits he does something, they review, admonish and get a hearty promise not to do it again. Anything else to know? No? OK. Move on. New violation. "Oh yeah! I forgot about that." He admits he does something, they review, admonish and get a hearty promise not to do it again. Anything else to know? No? OK. Move on. Then another appears. Here we go again. We're not talking instructions for using shampoo here (lather, rinse, repeat). We're talking repeating behaviors until getting caught as if seeing what you can get away with. Then, when caught, apologizing and waiting a small period before doing it again. Give us a break.
What's worse, this is not the first time. He was getting a second chance after doing the same thing elsewhere. I'm not saying TN will be his last job, but you have to ask yourself, "Will this be the last big program he gets?" He might get rehired, but it won't be with a such a big program.
The worst of it? He'll probably lapse there, too.