"Offer not available to Aaron Craft."

By Jason Priestas on May 21, 2013 at 10:36a

As many of you know, former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl lost his job because he hosted Aaron Craft for a barbecue at his house, violating an NCAA rule, and then lied about it to the NCAA when a photo of Craft at Pearl's house surfaced.

Hard feelings have remained with many involved ever since. Few can forget the tweets from members of Pearl's staff and family following Ohio State's loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament.

Still, that doesn't mean Bruce's son Steven can't have a little fun with things. In a radio spot for Knoxville's Calhoun's BBQ, Steven waxes on the delicious food, five locations and online ordering before closing with this kicker: "Just remember my two rules for legendary backyard barbecues: Get your food from Calhoun's and absolutely no photography."

A voiceover then cuts in with "Offer not available to Aaron Craft."

We can laugh, but only because Aaron Craft is a Buckeye and not a Vol.


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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

The butthurt is strong with this one

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

Unky Buck's picture

No one can ever...EVER...go wrong with a Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference.

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I couldn't agree more - one of the greatest movies of all time.  So many amazing quotes from start to finish.

Yeti's have feelings too.

BuckeyeVet's picture

Craft would have known whether that was an European or African swallow carrying that coconut. Just sayin'......

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

and it's important because you can't calculate distance based upon laden vs. unladen swallow flight unless you know the heritage of the particular swallow in question

Yeti's have feelings too.

ArTbkward's picture

What are you going to do? Bleed on me?

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Classic!  Major thumbs up!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Wow. That is all I can politely say.

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

dubjayfootball90's picture

No matter where its at, Craft causing other people pain. Damn, I love our fearless, rosy-cheeked warrior.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Scott's picture

This is just childish. A grown man who breaks rules and lies about it chooses his own fate. Don't try to push it on a then-17-year-old kid.

Class of 2008

brandonbauer87's picture

I don't think this is a stab at Craft. I do think its funny. 

RedStorm45's picture

It was like five years ago.  Get over it.  And try not to break the rules and then lie about it next time.

Hovenaut's picture

As Aaron Craft's star continues to rise, methinks the Pearls have long since peaked.

Stay frosty Bruce.

And son.

TheShookster's picture

Is the offer available to Vonn Bell?

He ain't even stretch doe!!

Jdadams01's picture

This is my favorite comment of the day. You win, sir.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Having the barbecue at his house was one thing. Telling the recruits who were juniors, and not allowed to take part in such an event, "don't tell anyone you were here cause we're breaking rules by doing this" or whatever lame joke he made that day, was another. And then not admitting he knew about the BBQ or where it was held despite photo evidence, was what ultimately did Pearl in. If he had been truthful with the NCAA all along, he would probably still be employed by UT and gotten a slap on the wrist from the NCAA, if that. But he chose to lie. Steven Pearl and other UT fans will point out that he "eventually" told the truth, which he did so only after he knew they had caught him lying and they had also uncovered other recruiting violations committed by him and his staff. 
I have argued about this stuff ad nauseam with many a UT fan. It's exhausting really, cause they are all so hung up on the BBQ aspect of things. They say Craft and his family didn't have to come forward to the NCAA, but they "chose" to take down the program. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

They say Craft and his family didn't have to come forward to the NCAA, but they "chose" to take down the program.

Funny thing is, they probably turn around and call OSU football "cheaters" for Tressel doing the same thing they thought Craft could've done - not come forward to the NCAA.

Class of 2010.

ATT2121's picture

Tennessee's pain is our gain. I like it!

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

That's the way that you forget about an escapade that helped to show your father the door at Tennessee: make a commercial. Barbecued scapegoat, I guess.

cronimi's picture

I'm not sure I heard the same ad as most of you. It was pretty clear to me that the lines about no photos and "not available to Aaron Craft" were JOKES!!! Maybe not that well delivered, but he's clearly making fun of his dad and the recruiting violations he committed while at UT. Far from being butthurt, he's making light of the situation. It would be similar to Tress's kid doing a commercial for a local store and saying everything is 20% off, but tattoos are not available.

Bucks43201's picture

This is kind of funny, but then I think a few months back - the classless remarks by Pearl's daughter and the assistants from Tennessee when Pearl was there, and I gotta say....

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

OldColumbusTown's picture

I didn't see any link attached, but what has been said by Pearl's former staff and family about Craft/OSU after their loss to Wichita State?  Somehow I missed this...

yrro's picture

I honestly thought it was kind of hilarious.

LadyBuck's picture

Causing pain to those outside our conference during the off season. Another perk of having Craft on our team.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Seriously Tenn...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

tdible2132's picture

Must suck to be Steven Pearl...

penult's picture

Here's a radio spot for the Pearls and Ten (NSFW):


brandonbauer87's picture

I don't think most of you are getting the point. It's not butt-hurt at all. They're basically making fun if themselves. 

Roger's picture

Exactly. I thought it was in good humor. 

rdubs's picture

I agree, if anything this is self-deprecating.  They may have been childish in the past about this situation, but I took this as a shot at Bruce more than anything.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I LOL'd the whole time.  At least they can laugh about it.

Class of 2010.

BeijingBucks's picture

Yeah, y'all is being silly.  That was a joke for their local audience... not so much butthurt. good humor which proves they can laf at themselves.  Try it sometime.  We need to make more Tatt jokes and be less defensive about it (now that we have an undefeated season to flaunt).
Buckeye faithful need a football season desperately before they turn on someone!!

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Boom777's picture

I thought it was funny. I can't imagine the family holding a grudge this long...well I would hope not.

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