Tennessee's Pearl Addresses Rumors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl issued a statement to address rumors that he might consider another coaching job, saying the only school he's interested in talking about is Tennessee.

Pearl, who led the Volunteers to a 31-5 record this season and the NCAA tournament regional semifinals, said he looks forward to being a part of Tennessee basketball for a very long time.

Pearl's contract is worth $1.3 million a year and currently runs through 2013.

It includes built-in salary increases, bonuses for postseason play and a "loyalty bonus" of $500,000, should he stay at Tennessee through the 2009-10 season.

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