Memphis was a basketball school before Cal. UT isn't a basketball school with Pearl. The only reason Pearl is with UT is because they were dumb enough to pay him. He'll still lose that job within 3 seasons. How is UT exposure better? You're nuts. UT BASKETBALL gets no coverage. Memphis is ranked, winning, and thus gets tv time. As for Knox being a better city- it is. If you like that atmosphere. Most BASKETBALL players would prefer Memphis over the much more redneckish Knoxville. Memphis is less 'Tennessee' like which makes it more appealing for the future basketball star. And Pearl is 3rd on the list at UT. And it's not even close. and coaches are turning down Memphis? Which ones? Unless you're referring to Mike Anderson, and that's simply because Memphis wasn't going to pay him as much as Missouri.