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Writer: Pearl’s Tears Aren’t For Show

Crying is viewed as a sign of weakness when someone associate with another team is doing the crying.  It’s a sign of heartfelt emotion and deep passion when its your guy who’s doing the balling.

From Tim Tebow to John Boehner, if he’s someone you like, then let the tears flow.  They show a man so secure in himself that he doesn’t give a hoot what outsiders think.

If you don’t like him, then the cryer’s a pansy.

Well Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl cries.  Often.  He’s an emotional guy.

This past week he choked up at a Tip-Off Club event while talking about his son, Steven, a walk-on on UT’s team.  Asked about his ongoing suspension, Pearl said, “I can’t tell you that I haven’t cried every single time that bus pulls away.”  And everyone has seen the clips and highlights from Pearl’s emotional interviews and press conferences regarding his decision to lie to NCAA investigators.

Mike Strange of The Knoxville News Sentinel wants the world to know that Pearl’s not shedding alligator tears.  He says the coach’s emotions are very much real.

“Some in the national media have scoffed at Pearl’s proclivity to tear up, suggesting even that its calculated.

It’s not.  I’ve seen his emotions bubble to the surface in a one-on-one, off-the-record conversation.

So if he says watching the team bus pull away moves him to tears, I believe it.”

In other words, Vol fans can continue to applaud their coach for the honesty of his emotions.  And rival fans can continue to mock him as a softie.  But according to Strange, no one should question whether or not Pearl’s tears are genuine.

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