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UT basketball coach apologizes for comment about Grainger County players

Staff Report • Sep 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl has apologized for an off-the-cuff joke he made about players from Grainger County at a charity fundraiser Thursday, calling it "inappropriate."

Pearl, speaking without notes, was addressing Tennessee Valley Authority employees about the challenges he and his staff face in getting players from diverse backgrounds to play as a team.

"I've got a tough job. I've got to put these guys from different worlds together, right?" Pearl said. "I've got guys from Chicago, Detroit ... I'm talking about the 'hood! And I've got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood.''

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