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Auburn extends Bruce Pearl’s contract

(Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

(Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

What if I told you a program in the midst of a scandal just rewarded their coach with a contract extension? Auburn borrowed a page from Louisville’s playbook and extended Bruce Pearl’s contract through the 2022-23 season despite the FBI’s investigation into the Tigers’ basketball program.

Pearl led Auburn to a 26-8 record and SEC regular season title last season amid the investigation, which prevented two of its biggest stars, Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, from playing and led to the firing of associate head coach Chuck Person.

“It was a historic season for Auburn basketball and one that was matched by excellence in the classroom as well,” Auburn athletic director Allen Greene said in a release. “Coach Pearl shares my commitment to ensuring the holistic development of our student-athletes and adhering to the mission of Auburn University as an institution of higher learning.”

“Our coaches and student-athletes believe in Auburn and we love it,” Pearl said. “We came here to work hard, make a positive difference on the campus and in the community and bring credibility and championships back to Auburn basketball. I’m grateful to President Dr. Steven Leath and Director of Athletics Allen Greene for their commitment and support. My family is blessed to be a part of the Auburn Family.”

Back when the FBI’s report came out last fall, many believed Pearl wouldn’t even make it through the season, especially when he refused to cooperate with Auburn’s internal investigation. Pearl turned in an incredible coaching job and continues to kill it on the recruiting trail, so he deserves to keep his job, but doubling down and offering him an extension? Winning really does cure all ails.


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9 Comments for Auburn extends Bruce Pearl’s contract

  1. Cletis75
    1:08 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe the internal investigation has shown that he wasn’t involved. That could be the only reason I could see that they could give him an extension.

    • Rembrandt
      1:37 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

      This guy has coached at Tennessee and Auburn. Really, that tells you everything you need to know. Of course he was involved. And eventually, he will get caught. Again.

  2. saltrockkid
    1:13 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    I predict this dude will be the next Kentucky coach.
    IMO – he is the only other coach (like Cal) with a “Rockstar personality” I would gladly welcome him as the next coach but hope it isn’t until 2026 or later.

  3. runningunnin.454
    2:21 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    When is the annual BBQ?

  4. Realme
    3:15 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    Katina Powell should probably move to Auburn. Sounds like they may be willing to go full Louisville.