Bruce Pearl named Auburn basketball coach


Bruce Pearl is back in college hoops. (Kerry Smith / AP)

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced the return of Bruce Pearl to college basketball with a one-syllable word, tweeted to the masses: “Boom!”

“I’m humbled and blessed to be back in the game that I love,” Pearl, who accepted the job of coaching the Tigers, said in an interview on AuburnTigers.com “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, 54, has been out of the game working as an ESPN analyst since 2011, when he was fired by the Tennessee Vols after taking them to the NCAA tournament in each of his six seasons. Pearl was fired in part over the recruitment of Aaron Craft and received a show-cause penalty from the NCAA that ends in August. ESPN reports that he’ll be allowed to evaluate recruits in July.

Tony Barbee was fired by Auburn last week.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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