Pearl's Vols, ranked No. 1 on Feb 25, dropped to No. 4 after a Feb. 26 loss to Vanderbilt.
Dan Patrick: Do you put on your résumé the days or hours that you're No. 1?
Bruce Pearl: You can make fun of it. (Laughs.) But if you're North Carolina, you're Duke, you're Pat Summit, you're there all the time. This is uncharted territory [for us]. So you be grateful, you enjoy it. And now let's see if we can get back there.
March 9, 2008
DP: Of all the SEC coaches, who's the first pick if you guys played each other in basketball?
BP: Billy Donovan is a good player. And Jeff Lebo was the top high school player in the country coming out.
DP: Would you get picked, Bruce?
BP: You've got to have somebody who's going to rebound. I'm not going to want a lot of shots. I'd get picked last, but I'd get picked.
DP: If you were going conference against conference, could you handle Krzyzewski?
BP: As a player and as a coach, Mike Krzyzewski's got it over me. I lost a really tough recruiting battle to Duke this year. I said to the young man, "On the one hand, you've got a chance to play for Coach K. He'll be coaching the Olympic team. Or you could come play for a guy that takes his shirt off and paints his chest orange. Which is it going to be?"
DP: [During the Memphis game], you can't be putting your hands on Erin Andrews at halftime, Coach.
BP: Erin is a terrific sideline reporter, she knows the game, but she's also very engaging. I actually called her and texted her back, and I apologized if in any way that was unprofessional.
DP: Is texting her an NCAA violation?
BP: No, she's not a prospect.
DP: Oh, yes, she is.
BP: She's way out of my league when it comes to that category.
DP: You're not even a midmajor?
BP: Absolutely not. I'm D-II.
DP: When is the last time you accidentally broke an NCAA rule?
BP: Probably sometime in this conversation.
THE FINE PRINT: If found guilty of perjury, Roger Clemens faces up to five years in jail. But apparently he'll be allowed to report three months late.
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