March 23, 2011 | 12:03 pm
Posted by Jeremy Fine
By now people have probably read that Bruce Pearl has been fired. Obviously, this was breaking news worthy as Pearl has been the most successful Jewish coach on any level over the last 5 years. Here is my take (I waited to post this to let things settle):
I truly have mixed feelings. Is it bad for the Jews to have one less coach? Yes. Was he successful? Of course. But he broke the rules. So I am less than thrilled with that and he probably got what he deserved. Do other coaches do the same thing? Yes. Do some do worse? I am sure. But many years ago Pearl built his name as a whistle blower on Illinois and Deon Thomas. I am clearly on the fence with my feelings about Pearl. I love him as a Jewish coach. I have heard he is a great guy. I am not so happy with his ethics or him calling out my Illini.
All that being said, he is a fantastic on the court coach. He will sit for a year, maybe two. But then he will be back in the saddle at a somewhat smaller school that is trying to play with the big boys or a school with a winning tradition that has struggled for a few years. So this isn’t the last we have seen of Pearl and hopefully he has learned his lesson. Play fair, it always pays off.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
For more check out www.TheGreatRabbino.com
We welcome your feedback.
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.
JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.
8.25.13 at 7:26 am | One of the toughest women you will ever. . .
7.9.13 at 6:50 am | TheGreatRabbino.com went out and got a hold of AJ. . .
4.8.13 at 8:17 am | On the eve of another end to March Madness, TGR. . .
3.4.13 at 1:40 pm | Meet Stanford OLineman - @TheGreatRabbino
1.31.13 at 11:50 am | The man behind Jewish High School Basketball.. . .
1.17.13 at 7:21 am | Welcoming the Bears New Head Coach Marc Trestman. . .