(not, presumably, the hood in question)

Given University of Tennessee Men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl credit where due ; these days, it’s pretty tough to come up with a remark controversial enough to keep Lane Kiffin out of the newspaper. The Tennessean collected the following remarks from Pearl yesterday at an Knoxville banquet.

Pearl was one of the featured speakers at a kickoff for charity fundraiser among TVA employees.

He took questions from the crowd. One person asked him about his three new players this year.

“I’ve got a tough job. I’ve got to put these guys from different worlds together, right? I’ve got guys from Chicago, Detroit. I’m talking about the hood! And I’ve got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood!” Pearl said. After a pause, he added, “That wasn’t part of the script.”

Later, Pearl issued a written statement, apologizing if anyone was offended by the joke, which he called inappropriate.