By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published May 05, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Former UWM head coach Bruce Pearl is a busy man these days.

After his University of Tennessee Volunteers were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Oklahoma State, Pearl has been busy getting ready for next season by hitting the recruiting trail and traveling around the state to drum up support for his team.

Amidst the hectic travel schedule, Pearl did manage to find some time to pop the question to girlfriend Brandy Miller, whom he called the "love of his life" in a recent interview. He and Miller moved into a $2 million home over the summer in the Gettysvue neighborhood of Knoxville.

The coach, meanwhile, recently signed a six-year extension to remain in Knoxville, despite rumors that he would bolt for the vacant job in Memphis. At a recent appearance in Miller's hometown of Sevierville, Tenn., Pearl assured supporters that he had no intentions of replacing John Calipari, who left for Kentucky.

"If you think I'm leaving that for Memphis," he said while introducing his fiancée. "You're crazy."

Pearl, 49, and then-wife Kim Shrigley, divorced last year after more than 20 years of marriage. Last fall, Shrigley opened a hair and nail salon named "Alimony's" with money she received in the divorce settlement.