Pearl served his time in Div. II before thriving in Div. I again

Originally Published: March 18, 2008
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

He rode the bus for nine years.

Two hundred sixty miles to Rensselaer, Ind. Three hundred miles to Quincy, Ill. Three hundred eighty-five miles to Kenosha, Wis.

And that was one way. The trips home were just as long when the games were over. Cornfields, flat land and gray winter skies, forever.

This was Bruce Pearl's purgatory: nearly a decade coaching at the University of Southern Indiana, a Division II outfit in Evansville. A guy who had been a rising ...

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