Auburn Hires New Basketball Coach

Bruce Pearl

According to College Basketball Talk, former Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl has been named as the new coach of Auburn. The job opened up when Tony Barbee was fired last week.

“I’m humbled and blessed to be back in the game that I love,” Pearl said. “I don’t know how long it will take, but it’s time to rebuild the Auburn basketball program, and bring it to a level of excellence so many of the other teams on campus enjoy.”

Pearl met with Auburn AD Jay Jacobs on Monday night in Knoxville, according to a report from ESPN.com.

The headline of Auburn’s release begins, simply, “Splash!”, and it seems fitting since Pearl was one of the hottest names in college hoops this off season. Pearl is a guy that would have been highly pursued by a number of different programs.

Pearl has an impressive track record for developing successful programs. He took Milwaukee to two NCAA tournaments in four years and brought them to the Sweet 16 in 2005 as a No. 12 seed.

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