Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl is well aware that his sixth straight NCAA appearance at Tennessee might be his last with his Vols. He just wasn’t expecting to learn that Wednesday. Pearl and the staff wanted to stay away from publicly commenting on the situation, but they couldn’t help themselves privately. When Pearl stepped down from the podium, his eyes had the look of a defeated man. He is trying to pull off a surprising run in the NCAAs, beat Michigan, upset Duke and get to the West Regional in Anaheim.