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Tennessee basketball: Now retired, Rick Byrd the best coach Vols never hired

Bruce Pearl taking the Auburn Tigers to the Final Four shows just how odd Tennessee basketball’s coaching situation has been this century. They ran off the first coach ever to win 20 or more games and make the NCAA Tournament four years in a row back in 2001 in Jerry Green.

A decade later, the Vols fired Pearl for lying about a violation that is no longer a violation. Three years after that, they lost Cuonzo Martin after a very rocky situation involving some fans wanting him gone in order to rehire Pearl. And then came the Donnie Tyndall fiasco.