Bruce Pearl has never been a man of grace and dignity, but tonight, he reached new heights.
Following Auburn’s 81-63 loss to Alabama in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal, Pearl got into it with the Alabama strength coach. Pearl was walking across the court and bumped into the opposing coach, and the two got in a heated exchange for several minutes after the event. According to ESPN reporters, Pearl was mad because strength coach Lou DeNeen didn’t do enough to get out of his way.
Check out the exchange:
Bruce Pearl and an Alabama strength coach exchanged words after Auburn’s loss today. pic.twitter.com/6VOr7lZZN4
— ESPN (@espn) March 9, 2018
Here is more footage of the argument:
Here’s the video of what got Auburn coach Bruce Pearl so animated after the game (via ESPN): pic.twitter.com/IqVS5NkhB9
— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) March 9, 2018
In his postgame press conference, Pearl said DeNeen was “in his path” and had to “negotiate around him.”
“[DeNeen] was in my path and I had to try to negotiate around him,” Pearl said. “I think he may have clipped me and then he said something to me. And of course I should be able to walk off the floor without somebody standing in front of me and trying to make contact with me. That’s all it was.”
What a sore loser.
On the bright side, he certainly has time for some early preparation for the NCAA Tournament next week!