This winter, Bruce Pearl will show up on TV again — as a basketball analyst.
The former University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach will join ESPN as a studio analyst and will broadcast select games, the network announced on Monday.
“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to bring ESPN the same sort of knowledge, passion and intensity that I tried to have as a basketball coach,” Pearl said in a statement.
Pearl led UT to the NCAA Tournament in each of his six seasons at the school but was fired after the 2010-11 season in the wake of an NCAA investigation.
The NCAA placed a three-year show-cause order on Pearl last August — preventing him from all recruiting activities and effectively making it impossible for a school to hire him during that period. The sanction was handed down after impermissible recruiting contact and phone calls, but he also gave false or misleading information during the investigation.
Pearl, who was a commentator for XM Radio last season, will continue to serve as the vice president of marketing for the H.T. Hackney Company in Nashville.
The network also announced former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, who was fired after last season, was hired as an analyst. Former Michigan guard Jalen Rose, who has been an NBA analyst for ESPN since 2007, will join the network’s weekly “College Gameday" show.