Just six days after the firing of former head basketball coach Tony Barbee, Auburn AD Jay Jacobs has hired former Tennessee head coach/ESPN analyst, Bruce Pearl.
Pearl, a proven head coach in the SEC with an all-time record of 145-61 as well as six NCAA tournament appearances during his six seasons at Tennessee, will replace Barbee whose 49-75 record at Auburn with zero NCAA tournament appearances couldn't meet Jay Jacob's standards for the basketball program.
In 2011, the NCAA forced Pearl out of Knoxville, as well as being handed a show-cause order through August 23 of this year after lying to NCAA investigators about his contact with certain recruits.
"From the moment I met Coach Pearl and heard his vision for our basketball program, it was clear he's the right man at the right time for Auburn," Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "Coach Pearl is a proven winner who will bring energy and excitement to our program. We have raised the bar for Auburn basketball, and I could not be more excited for our student-athletes and our future under Coach Pearl's leadership. I know he agrees with me -- it's time to win."