Vols coach able to fulfill UK promise

Originally Published: February 3, 2006
By Jay Bilas | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note: Each weekend, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas helps set the table by providing his take on the college hoops landscape.

Pearl's wisdom
• Kentucky coach Tubby Smith has taken some heat for not recruiting Tennessee guard Chris Lofton out of high school. No coach can recruit every player, and every coach misses out on some unpolished gems. But when it happens at Kentucky, the blame flies like crazy.

Bruce Pearl
Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesThe orange colors at Tennessee suit coach Bruce Pearl.
Few coaches in America would have passed on Joe Crawford, Rajon Rondo or Randolph Morris in favor of Lofton, but Lofton has turned out to be a great player and one of the best shooters in the country.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst