2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Tennessee Distracted by Bruce Pearl's Uncertain Future?

Michigan has a very good basketball team.

In fact, I actually picked the Wolverines to upset Duke in the round of 32 in my bracket.

But 30 points? That was their margin of victory over Tennessee?

Clearly, the Volunteers were facing more than the Wolverines today. They were also facing the prospect of their coach, Bruce Pearl, being fired at the end of the season.

Tennessee's athletic director has shown us the meaning of bad timing, saying on a radio station that Pearl's job may be in jeopardy shortly before the Volunteers played Michigan. If Tennessee's 75-45 loss is any indication, there is a lesson to be learned.

There's an old saying that goes like this: Yesterday is history, tomorrow's a mystery and today's a gift.

Yesterday, Pearl was suspended for eight games due to improper recruiting practices. Today, the Volunteers had a game to play against Michigan.

Will Pearl be fired tomorrow? Who knows?

But Tennessee's AD should have let his basketball team focus on the game and let tomorrow remain a mystery.

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