Matt Gatens, left, celebrating a basket with Zach Mc Cabe, scored 1,635 points in his Iowa Hawkeye career. When Gatens arrived in the world on June 13, 1989, Pearl was one of the first visitors to his Iowa City hospital room, cradling a baby who now calls him “boss.”Pearl was then an assistant coach for the Iowa men’s basketball team who had developed a friendship with Matt’s father, Mike. Matt grew up to be a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who starred at Iowa from 2008-12.He is now transitioning to coaching, as a graduate assistant at Auburn for old friend Bruce Pearl. Pearl moved on from Iowa to head coaching jobs at Southern Indiana, Milwaukee, Tennessee and now Auburn, racking up 506 victories in the process.
One year later, Kim Pearl (who began using her maiden name, Shrigley, after the divorce) opened a hair and nail salon with money she received in the divorce settlement.He made it clear that he was young and didn't understand things.He ended up by saying he really felt bad because he knew Deon Thomas got hurt."The truth of the matter was it was fine.Bruce Pearl certainly has a way of making the headlines, and so do his wives.Bruce Pearl’s ex-wife Kim Pearl made headlines when, post-divorce, she opened a salon called “Alimony’s”."From the University's perspective, this decision is an institutional decision, with counsel and input from many who know and love this university."Associate head coach Tony Jones, who filled in while Pearl served a suspension earlier this season, thanked the fans on Twitter on Monday night."Sorry Vol Nation it had to end," Jones wrote."I love each and everyone of you to the bottom of my heart."Pearl met with Hamilton on Monday morning, and the parameters of the settlement were outlined during that meeting, the sources told Low.He's still the same person no matter what, but it's a huge adjustment for everyone.On Tuesday March 18th, Bruce Pearl made history after becoming the first head coach in major college basketball to be hired with an active show-cause penalty.Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a statement released late Monday that school officials decided to dismiss Pearl, who has been charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct, after learning of additional violations committed on Sept. Tennessee has agreed to pay Pearl 8,728 worth of salary and benefits as part of his dismissal agreement."Upon receipt of our NCAA Letter of Inquiry in September, we made the difficult decision to forgo common national opinion and forge ahead with Bruce and his staff pending any further major infractions or issues that would preclude our basketball program from representing the University of Tennessee in the right manner," Hamilton said."The cumulative effect of the evolution of the investigation combined with a number of more recent non-NCAA-related incidents have led to a belief that this staff cannot be viable at Tennessee in the future."The non-NCAA related incident, multiple sources told ESPN.com's Andy Katz and Chris Low, was a violation of the Tennessee athletic department substance abuse policy by UT senior forward Brian Williams.