Pearl to host early season special from SiriusXM studios in New York Nov. 14
SiriusXM is the leading provider of college basketball play-by-play, offering listeners more games than any other broadcaster
NEW YORK – November 8, 2011 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that former college basketball coach Bruce Pearl, who guided the Tennessee Volunteers to a national #1 ranking, has joined the roster of expert hosts on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91, SiriusXM’s 24/7 college sports channel.
Pearl will make his debut on an early season college basketball special live from the SiriusXM studios in New York on Monday, November 14 (6:00-8:00 pm ET) the night before the State Farm Champions Classic, the double-header at Madison Square Garden featuring Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky. Pearl’s co-hosts in studio for this program will be CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, who joins SiriusXM as a regular host this year, and longtime college sports voice Mark Packer.
In January, Pearl will begin hosting the SiriusXM College Basketball Today show twice a week (12:00-3:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91. On the program, Pearl will take calls from listeners and talk with fans from coast to coast about the biggest stories happening across the college basketball landscape from conference play through the national championship game.
“In the 30-plus years I’ve been involved in college basketball, I’ve had the privilege of coaching in many of the game’s greatest venues in front of the most passionate fans in sports,” said Pearl. “On SiriusXM College Sports Nation, you can hear and feel that passion every day. I’m excited to get on the air and be a part of it, sharing my thoughts and experiences, breaking down the games, and talking with fans all around this country who love the game like I do.”
A native of Boston and a 1982 Boston College graduate, Pearl coached the University of Tennessee Men’s Basketball Team from 2005 to 2011. In that six-year stretch the Volunteers achieved a national #1 ranking (2008), won a SEC Regular Season Championship (2008) and earned a NCAA Tournament berth every season. Prior to Tennessee, Pearl coached at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2001 to 2005, where his team won two Horizon League Tournament Championships (2003, 2005) and two Horizon League Regular Season Championships (2004, 2005), and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 in 2005. His first head coaching position was with the University of Southern Indiana from 1992-2001. While there, he led the Screaming Eagles to the NCAA Men’s Division II Tournament Championship in 1995. Pearl is a two-time Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year (2006, 2008) and three-time Horizon League Coach of the Year (2002, 2003, 2005), and was awarded Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year honors in 2008.
The SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel debuted in 2010 and showcases the best college games and a daily lineup of college sports talk programming that offers news, highlights and season-long analysis of the nation’s teams and conferences. SiriusXM College Sports Nation listeners nationwide get live play-by-play of some of the season’s most anticipated matchups, expert analysis, interviews with many of the biggest names in the college game, plus live broadcasts from some of the biggest events in college sports.
Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, the exclusive weekly show hosted by Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski, airs every Wednesday (11:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation.
SiriusXM is the leading broadcaster of live college sporting events. SiriusXM offers play by play from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, SEC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, Missouri Valley, and Western Athletic conferences, plus Notre Dame and others. Throughout the 2011-12 season, SiriusXM will broadcast dozens of college basketball games each week, featuring the top teams from around the country. Fans can hear games featuring 23 of the top 25 schools in the current Associated Press Top 25 Poll, plus many others.
Visit www.siriusxm.com/collegesports for more information.