On Tuesday March 18th, Bruce Pearl made history after becoming the first head coach in major college basketball to be hired with an active show-cause penalty. Bruce Pearl certainly has a way of making the headlines, and so do his wives.
Bruce Pearl’s ex-wife Kim Pearl made headlines when, post-divorce, she opened a salon called “Alimony’s”. In 2007, after having four children with Kim Pearl, Bruce Pearl filed for divorce just two days before his 25th wedding anniversary. One year later, Kim Pearl (who began using her maiden name, Shrigley, after the divorce) opened a hair and nail salon with money she received in the divorce settlement. – By the way, the “I” in alimony is dotted with a heart – The Knoxville business made much news throughout Tennessee and the nation. When Kim Pearl, a former nurse, opened the business, she told the Knoxville media she wanted to have a business that would allow her flexibility to care for her and Coach Pearl’s two younger children. She also admittedly wanted to help others suffering from emotional disappointment, and there was a 15% discount for customers who received alimony. The shop has since closed, as the kids are grown up now. It’s good to see Kim Pearl put the whole episode behind her.
But that doesn’t mean Bruce Pearl’s current wife has to keep out of the news. Bruce Pearl’s wife Brandy Pearl (formerly Miller) moved in with her hubby during the summer of 2009. The couple lives in a $2 million dollar home in Knoxville in the Gettysvue neighborhood. They made their engagement public on May 4th 2009 and were married shortly thereafter. Brandy Miller, a native of Sevierville, apparently had a strong reaction to the announcement of her husband’s suspension in November 2010. Here’s what Brandy Pearl posted on her Facebook page about the suspension:
“Now I know of two Jewish men that have been crucified. Lord be with my hubby’s spirit, we will get through this.”
While getting caught cheating in college basketball is not quite the same as having nails hammered into your extremities and being tied up and left outside to die a slow, painful death, how can we truly understand another’s suffering? At any rate, Brandy Pearl won’t be complaining to the public this week. Instead, she’ll be celebrating her husband’s new job.