Friday, June 11, 2010

Bruce Pearl Endorses Bill Haslam

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Bruce Pearl puts his game face on for Bill Haslam.
  • Bruce Pearl puts his game face on for Bill Haslam.
Big Jim Haslam does all the hiring and firing at the University of Tennessee athletic department, so it stands to reason that the popular basketball coach Bruce Pearl would endorse Jim's boy Bill for governor. It's surprising nonetheless and a little disconcerting. What do you think, dear Pith reader? Should sports heroes at publicly funded institutions make political endorsements, especially when they're obviously doing it because they want to stay on the good side of a big booster?

Pearl joined Haslam at a campaign stop in Sevier County today, according to a Haslam campaign press release. Pearl said:

“I talk about raising expectations, focusing on positives and building confidence. I talk about work ethic. I talk about ethics. It’s all about leadership. Anybody can sail the ship when seas are calm and everything is favorable…You’ve got to prepare people for the worst times. These are adverse times. This is not going to be an easy job, and it’s not going to happen overnight. But if there’s one thing that I know about Bill Haslam, he has an incredible work ethic.”

And Haslam is money from behind the three-point arc, right? We guess the Haslam campaign is waiting until just before the election to roll out the big Pat Summit endorsement. She's clutch at crunch time!

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