Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl is an entertaining guy, but occasionally he doesn't think before he speaks.
Such was the case this week when Pearl was talking about the fact that four of his top eight Volunteer players would be out tonight in a game in Knoxville against the Charlotte 49ers. The players were arrested and have been suspended indefinitely in part because of a gun charge.
"The task at hand is formidable,'' he said. "But we have got weapons. We have still got weapons."
My friend Mike Strange, columnist at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, referred to the "weapons" quote in this column.
Give Pearl credit: he immediately realized his poor choice of words and said he was sorry. "That's terrible," Pearl said of his analogy. "I apologize." Still funny, though.
I predicted a win for Charlotte tonight in my notes column today that leads with some notes about the Carolina Panthers. That may be a stretch considering No.16 Tennessee is still favored by 16 points, according to our newspaper today. The 49ers will have to shoot very well from three-point range to make it happen -- Derrio Green, a revelation of late, probably needs another very big game.