Pearl ready to make booth debut
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Move over, Dick Vitale.
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will serve as the color commentator during local television broadcasts of the second-ranked Lady Vols’ matchup with Arkansas Thursday night.
“I was going to be at the game anyway so I might as well be working,” Pearl said. “Dick Vitale has nothing to worry about.”
He will join Tennessee’s play-by-play announcer Bob Kesling in calling the game on Knoxville’s WVLT and Nashville’s WUXP.
“I’m looking forward to working with Coach Pearl and having him on the other side of the camera for what promises to be an exciting and entertaining new addition to our broadcast team,” Kesling said.
It will be the first college basketball game Pearl has served as a broadcaster.