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Video: Tennessee Fans Cheered Bruce Pearl During His Return To Thompson–Boling Arena

Some Tennessee fans may still hold some hard feelings against former Vols basketball coach Bruce Pearl, who was fired in 2011 after Pearl was caught lying to the NCAA about violations committed by the program. After a three year show-cause penalty, Pearl is back coaching in the SEC with Auburn, and made his first trip back to Knoxville to take on his old team. To their credit, the majority of Vols fans gave Pearl a very warm reception when he emerged from the tunnel at Thompson–Boling Arena.

Pearl received a mix of applause and "Bruce" chants from the Vols faithful. Before the game, he also took some time to thank Tennessee's student section for staying loyal to the program.

">January 31, 2015

">January 31, 2015

It is great to see that everyone handled today with a lot of class.