Pearl: 'I am the basketball coach at Tennessee'

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl held his annual "Fore the Kids" Golf tournament at Gettysvue Country Club Friday. Proceeds from the event go towards Camp Koinonia and their efforts to help special-needs children. A portion of the money raised this year will also benefit UT's Outlive program to fight cancer.

Friday's tourney was one week removed from the bombshell announcement regarding coach Pearl and the UT basketball program.

It's been a hard week and busy week for the head coach, who's also heard the rumors and speculation about his job status at the University.

"I just want to reassure all the fans," Pearl told Sports Overtime's Rick Russo, "That I am the basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, I'm going to be the basketball coach at the University of Tennessee and I want to be for a long, long time. I'm very sorry for putting the University through this.

"We run a clean program, we're going to get through this. I can't talk about the investigation. I know people have to inquire and they have to report on it. The things they speculate on, some have some accuracy other things don't.

"We'll get through it, have a good year and put this behind us."

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