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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #500 on: September 27, 2017, 05:49:40 am »

 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 21h21 hours ago

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This does not look good for Auburn basketball. Complaint alleges Person accepted bribe to steer player to agent, then gave player $$$

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If anyone wants to read the Complaint against Chuck Person, you can find it here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/998746/download

 Mark Schlabach‏Verified account @Mark_Schlabach 20h20 hours ago

The FBI and US attorney's office ran a three-year sting operation in college basketball


 Anthony Wireman‏ @awireman 20h20 hours ago

Unfortunately for some, we are getting ready to see the difference between an NCAA investigation and an FBI investigation.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #501 on: September 28, 2017, 04:49:18 am »

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Auburn president on Chuck Person arrest: 'This was an isolated individual'


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Auburn president Steven Leath said in a statement Tuesday that the university was "saddened, angry and disappointed" in associate head basketball coach Chuck Person in wake of his arrest by the FBI and the allegations leveled against the former Auburn great.

Leath was shocked by the revelation but found relief in the fact that the university was not implicated and is not a target of the investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

"I think it says clearly that they don't think there's some structural problem or some broader problem at the university, that this was an isolated individual," Leath told ESPN. "I don't think anybody else knew. I don't think there's any indication at Auburn that anybody else knew about this."
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #502 on: September 28, 2017, 04:50:10 am »

 Tom Green‏Verified account @Tomas_Verde 11h11 hours ago
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Also in here: Auburn has identified (but won't name) the 2 players discussed in the federal complaint http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2017/09/auburn_president_on_chuck_pers.html
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #503 on: September 28, 2017, 05:26:57 am »

 James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea 19h19 hours ago

Auburn offering full refunds for basketball season tickets
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #504 on: September 30, 2017, 07:39:25 am »

 James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea 16h16 hours ago

All Auburn hoops players will practice, including 2 whose mothers took money from Chuck Person, according to FBI
http://bit.ly/2yyXRRC


FBI: Wiley looks good in the post. Knee looks recovered.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #505 on: September 30, 2017, 07:42:41 am »

 Tom Green‏Verified account @Tomas_Verde 14h14 hours ago

Bruce Pearl said he's "confident" as ever in the state of Auburn's program despite the ongoing FBI investigation http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2017/09/bruce_pearl_confident_as_ever.html


Bruce Pearl is talking about team GPA right now


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The apologists and sycophants out there never cease to amaze me. Shoot the messengers all you want, Bruce was hung out to dry.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #506 on: October 03, 2017, 05:57:29 am »

 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 14h14 hours ago

Auburn's Austin Wiley has suffered a lower leg injury and is in a boot, per a school spokesman. No timetable. Will receive daily treatment.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #507 on: October 04, 2017, 05:17:40 am »

 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 11h11 hours ago

Auburn basketball promotes Chad Prewett to interim assistant coach in place of Chuck Person
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #508 on: October 04, 2017, 05:52:36 am »

 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports 12h12 hours ago

Austin Wiley misses second straight practice, will undergo MRI on left leg https://trib.al/AzkyCEZ
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #509 on: October 10, 2017, 05:19:28 am »

Pearl: Auburn's defense 'must improve' after 1st scrimmage


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eam went "best-on-best" right out of the gate. During the first five minutes of action, the score was 23-9. While Pearl was pleased with the offense from the one side, he described the defense that allowed 23 points that quick as "awful."

"So which is it?" Pearl wondered Monday. "It's probably a combination of both.... I think it's an area that must improve or change. We're not going to wave a magic wand and have it change in five days. We're on it."

Defense, particularly in transition, was one of Auburn's biggest issues last season. The Tigers allowed 79.6 points per game last year, which was 321st of 347 Division I teams. Auburn was 145th in points allowed per 100 possessions with 103.3, according to KenPom's adjusted deficiency rankings. It was the highest allowed during Pearl's tenure at Auburn.

Pearl looks to change those stats, among others on the defensive end, this season. The fourth-year Auburn coach has taken it upon himself throughout the offseason to be more involved in the defensive scheme and take on more responsibility on that side of the court. Still, he has had to find a delicate balance between working to improve the defense while maintaining his focus as the team's offensive coordinator.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #510 on: November 03, 2017, 05:26:01 am »

Bruce Pearl updates uncertain futures of Auburn's Austin Wiley, Danjel Purifoy


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Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy can still practice with the Auburn basketball team, but whether they'll ever be able to play in a college game is unclear.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl provided an update on the uncertain futures of Wiley and Purifoy, who are being held out indefinitely due to their suspected connection with the federal complaint against assistant coach Chuck Person.

"It's an ongoing investigation. It's got to run its course," Pearl said following Auburn's 100-95 overtime loss in an exhibition with Division II Barry on Thursday. "We will be able to determine their eligibility over, hopefully a very short period of time. We're still not in a position where we could determine their eligibility yet. Therefore, out of caution, they weren't eligible to play."
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #511 on: November 05, 2017, 07:54:36 am »

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When does the bad news end for Auburn basketball?


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Scarblog: If everything was normal, you could put a number of asterisks by Auburn's 100-95 overtime loss Thursday night in an exhibition game against Division II Barry College.

But nothing has been normal about Auburn basketball since Sept. 26 when a U.S. attorney announced the arrests of 10 people connected to a nationwide FBI investigation into the sport. One of those people was Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person.

The latest fallout from that scandal: Auburn announced Thursday morning that Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, two of its top three players, will be held out of games for an indefinite period "to avoid any potential eligibility issues."

All evidence points to Purifoy as Player-1 and Wiley as Player-2 in the FBI complaint against Person. The complaint says Person claimed to have given about $11,000 to Purifoy's mother and about $7,500 to Wiley's mother in an attempt to steer their sons toward a financial adviser.

Unbeknowst to Person and the families, the financial adviser was working as an FBI informant.

If those allegations are true, don't expect to see Purifoy or Wiley in action in an Auburn uniform again. If their college careers are over, don't expect to see the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

This development doesn't knock Auburn all the way back to square one, but it does put a serious dent in the progress Pearl had made in building a winning roster and generating real hope in the fan base.

This was supposed to be the year Pearl's hire paid off in a tangible way. His fourth Auburn team was supposed to be good enough to win 20 games and play in the postseason for the first time since the Tigers reached the 2009 NIT under Jeff Lebo.

Without Wiley at center and Purifoy at his natural small forward position, all bets are off. The Tigers may be fortunate to finish as high as ninth in the league, their predicted position in the SEC preseason poll.

Another obstacle is the uncertainty Auburn faces in terms of the ongoing FBI probe and what would appear to be an inevitable NCAA investigation to follow. The allegations against Person involve players who already were on the roster. Does the detective work stop there? Or does it examine how Auburn's recruiting took a giant leap forward with Person as the point man in that effort?

The entire situation would be troubling enough if this were an ordinary assistant coach and anonymous parents of players. It's not.

Person is one of the two biggest names in the history of Auburn men's basketball and remains the program's career scoring leader. Wiley's mother, Vickie Orr, is THE biggest name in the history of Auburn women's basketball.

Their reputations and the reputation of their old school are on the line. So is the idea that Pearl was the one coach who could make Auburn basketball relevant again.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #512 on: November 09, 2017, 05:37:47 am »

 Tom Green‏Verified account @Tomas_Verde 11h11 hours ago

Bruce Pearl in response to ESPN report: “This is an ongoing investigation and everyone is working to try to get our players certified and eligible, and it’s a process... We are definitely working through this.” http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2017/11/report_bruce_pearl_refusing_to.html


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Auburn coach Bruce Pearl is refusing to cooperate with the university's internal investigation of the basketball program, according to an ESPN report.

The report states that Pearl has been uncooperative with the school's internal investigation stemming from the September arrest of former associate head coach Chuck Person, who was indicted on six federal charges Tuesday, amid the FBI's investigation into the corruption of college basketball. The investigation is being conducted by Birmingham-based law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White, which has also been retained by the school to conduct an internal review of the softball program amid that sport's scandal, as well as an investigation into allegations a part-time academic support staff member took a final exam for a former football player.

"This is an ongoing investigation and everyone is working to try to get our players certified and eligible, and it's a process," Pearl said Wednesday after practice. "You guys know from the very beginning I'm not allowed to comment on the process. We are definitely working through this."

An Auburn athletics spokeswoman did not immediately have comment when reached by AL.com

According to the report, Pearl has been advised by university officials that his job could be in jeopardy if he does not cooperate. Pearl has not spoken to the attorneys conducting the internal investigation, according to the report, and the school has not been able to determine if Pearl committed any wrongdoing or was involved in any NCAA violations because the FBI seized his computers and cell phones as part of its ongoing investigation.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #513 on: November 10, 2017, 05:27:06 am »

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Bruce Pearl offers apology for Auburn's 'unfortunate' but 'self-inflicted' troubles


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Pearl, making an appearance on "Tiger Talk" ahead of Auburn's season opener at Auburn Arena on Friday night against Norfolk State, briefly addressed the elephant in the room: the ongoing FBI investigation surrounding the program following former associate head coach Chuck Person's arrest on Sept. 26 and the subsequent decision to indefinitely sit star players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy amid concerns about their eligibility.

"It is an unbelievable process what you have to go through to recertify and reexamine your program, and we're looking at everything," Pearl said. "It's a full-blown investigation, and it's unfortunate, but you know what? It was self-inflicted. We brought it upon ourselves and we are battling every day to get through this and let the focus be on our basketball team.

"For me, I apologize. I'm sorry, because I came here to bring credibility and a competitive basketball program to Auburn, and unfortunately this has been just an awful distraction for the university and our fans, and I'm sorry about it."

Pearl declined to comment on the matter Thursday, noting that it's an ongoing investigation and that they are "working through the process." He did, however, address the report with the team on Wednesday and told them to not worry about the outside noise and let the process run its course.

"I've tried to keep the kids as insulated from it as I possibly can," Pearl said on the radio. "They're human. They read the newspaper."
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #514 on: November 14, 2017, 05:07:52 am »

Bruce Pearl 'was not told about the specifics' why 2 Auburn support staffers put on leave


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Pearl said he was informed Saturday afternoon that special assistant to the head coach Jordan VerHulst and video coordinator Frankie Sullivan were being put on leave, which the school announced Monday was being "until further notice," as part of the internal investigation into the program.

"It's a tough situation," Pearl said following practice on Monday. "Obviously, it's part of this investigation."

ESPN reported, via anonymous sources, VerHulst and Sullivan's actions were "related to the same type of issues that the FBI uncovered in its investigation" of former assistant coach Chuck Person, who was arrested on Sept. 26 and last week was indicted on six federal charges for bribery, fraud and conspiracy.

Asked if he had clarity as to what that meant and if VerHulst and Sullivan were accused of taking money or giving money to players, Pearl again said he did not know the details of what they are accused of.

Pearl said assistant coaches Chad Prewett, Harris Adler and Steven Pearl and graduate assistants Matt Gaten and Mike Burgomaster "have all taken a piece" of what VerHulst and Sullivan were doing and continuing to prepare for the three games Auburn will play in four days as part of the Charleston Classic, beginning Thursday morning against Indiana State.

Indiana State buried IU in their opener.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #515 on: November 15, 2017, 06:11:40 am »

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With Bruce Pearl's job status in limbo, Auburn is set to leave Wednesday for the Charleston Classic:
https://trib.al/WoWo6gY


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"When you're in the middle, or maybe hopefully towards the end, of an ongoing investigation, we have obviously had to survive an awful lot of discovery and a lot of information, we're still here," Pearl said. "But because it is ongoing, it just so happens to be at the start of our season, all you can do is take it one day at a time and continue to prepare.

"I don't think anybody's in a position to guarantee anybody's either eligibility or job security or things like that because it is an ongoing process. Yeah, it's difficult and (Monday) was a very difficult day, losing two staff members. Even though they're on paid indefinite suspension or indefinite suspension, that hurts, those guys are part of the family. It tugs at your heart; it's disruptive to the kids. But that's what going through this at this time does. You have to truly take it one day at a time."

Despite a report of his potential firing in the near future, two members of his support staff being put on leave and two of Auburn's best players being held out indefinitely amid the school's internal investigation, Pearl says he trusts school administrators.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #516 on: November 17, 2017, 05:45:31 am »

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Desean Murray's double-double leads Auburn past Indiana State at Charleston Classic
http://bit.ly/2hCSJJr


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Desean Murray's first double-double at Auburn led a balanced scoring effort for the Tigers in a dominant win to open the Charleston Classic.

Murray had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead four players in double-figures in a 83-64 Auburn win over Indiana State Thursday morning in Charleston, S.C.

"The biggest number that stands out to me is the field goal percentage defense," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said on the radio. "To hold an Indiana State team that put 90 on Indiana and shot almost 58 percent to 30 percent shooting is a tremendous effort.

"Bryce Brown had to guard the best player in that league, one of the best players in that league, in Brenton Scott. Brenton Scott averages 20-something a game and he absolutely shut him down."
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #517 on: November 29, 2017, 05:30:41 am »

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Bruce Pearl: Auburn president Steven Leath in a "tough spot" but has "been fair" https://trib.al/2fJZCHg


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Bruce Pearl commented on remarks Auburn president Steven Leath made in a series of emails to fans that went public last week.

In the emails, Leath called Pearl's "unwillingness to even talk" with him about the university's ongoing internal review of the men's basketball program "troublesome." The emails were provided to AL.com late last week, and an Auburn spokesman confirmed the emails were from Leath.

"We're going through the process," Pearl said Monday. "Dr. Leath is in a tough spot. He's in a tough position. He's been fair. I trust the process. I trust him."

Pearl has repeatedly said he and the university are "going through the process" related to the internal review, which is being conducted by Birmingham-based law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White, but he has not said whether he has done everything that has been asked of him.

The review stems from the September arrest of former associate head coach Chuck Person, who has been indicted on six federal charges, including bribery, fraud and corruption. Person is alleged to have received $91,500 in bribes over a 10-month span from Marty Blazer, a former crooked financial adviser who turned cooperating witness for the FBI in a widespread probe into the criminal influence of money on college basketball.
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #518 on: December 21, 2017, 07:08:05 pm »

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Contrary to an implication in a report by CBS, Bruce Pearl said there's been "no real change" to his level of cooperation with Auburn's internal investigation into the basketball program


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Contrary to an implication in a report by CBS, Bruce Pearl said there's been "no real change" to his level of cooperation with Auburn's internal investigation into the basketball program.

On Wednesday, CBS reported Pearl and his lawyer "have made themselves of service to Auburn's investigation," which like an ESPN report last month stating Pearl was not cooperating with the school's investigation, is not entirely accurate. There has been dialogue between Pearl and school officials for months, but he still has not sat for a formal interview with lawyers from Lightfoot, Franklin & White, the Birmingham-based law firm assisting the school with the investigation.

"There have been no substantive changes," Pearl said. "I think from a national media's perspective, obviously it had been reported and I had really never commented on what levels of cooperation were existing, but we have been working really hard together through the process. There are obviously certain aspects of the investigation that are very private and we're keeping them that way, but there's been no real change."

Pearl again took responsibility as the leader of the program for the allegations made in the federal case against former assistant coach Chuck Person, saying it has put Auburn and school president Steven Leath in a "tough spot."

Contrary to an implication in a report by CBS, Bruce Pearl said there's been "no real change" to his level of cooperation with Auburn's internal investigation into the basketball program.

On Wednesday, CBS reported Pearl and his lawyer "have made themselves of service to Auburn's investigation," which like an ESPN report last month stating Pearl was not cooperating with the school's investigation, is not entirely accurate. There has been dialogue between Pearl and school officials for months, but he still has not sat for a formal interview with lawyers from Lightfoot, Franklin & White, the Birmingham-based law firm assisting the school with the investigation.

"There have been no substantive changes," Pearl said. "I think from a national media's perspective, obviously it had been reported and I had really never commented on what levels of cooperation were existing, but we have been working really hard together through the process. There are obviously certain aspects of the investigation that are very private and we're keeping them that way, but there's been no real change."

Pearl again took responsibility as the leader of the program for the allegations made in the federal case against former assistant coach Chuck Person, saying it has put Auburn and school president Steven Leath in a "tough spot."
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #519 on: December 24, 2017, 07:28:17 am »

Auburn ravages UConn to extend win streak to 9


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In its best all-around performance of the season, Auburn used a balance attack [sic] and overwhelming defensive effort to massacre UConn on a national stage.

All nine available scholarship players scored and rebounded for Auburn, with five players in double-figures, and seven had assists in a 89-64 wire-to-wire ravaging of the visiting Huskies, which shot a season-low 34.3 percent from the field, before a raucous crowd at Auburn Arena on Saturday.

"I think this is the best we played," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "I don't know if this is the best outcome, but I would say on both sides of the ball, we seemed to have an idea how we wanted to play the whole night. We've got ourselves a bit of an identity and I would say this is as well as we've played."

Auburn (11-1) used a 16-0 early run behind a trio of 3-pointers by Malik Dunbar (12 points) to build a commanding lead and never looked back for its ninth straight win.

"We've got to play for the UConn jersey. We've got to play with some pride and some fight," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. "That 16-0 (run) took the fight out of us."
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #520 on: January 03, 2018, 05:43:50 am »

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Auburn basketball wins SEC opener at No. 23 Tennessee, extends win streak to 11
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Auburn's first road win against a ranked team since topping No. 25 Alabama on Feb. 24, 2007
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
« Reply #521 on: January 14, 2018, 08:12:06 am »

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Auburn basketball surges past Mississippi State, extends nation-leading win streak to 14


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No. 22 Auburn erased a 13-point deficit to win 76-68 over Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum.

Auburn (16-1, 4-0 SEC) extended its nation-leading win streak to 14 games, snapped Mississippi State's 12-game home win streak and is in first place in the SEC as the last undefeated team remaining in conference play.

"We gave Bryce Brown a chance to get hot and he got hot," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said during a postgame radio interview. "I mean Bryce got it going. We went to him, the guys did a great job of finding him. But there were times throughout the game where Mustapha would've carried us, or Desean Murray carried us, or Malik (Dunbar)'s threes, or Chuma Okeke making a big and-one. ...

"Right now, it's not our goal because our goal is whatever happens at the end of the year, but it sure does feel good to be in first place in the SEC."
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Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
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While Auburn basketball is experiencing tremendous success on the court, the cloud of uncertainty about the future of the program persists.
 https://trib.al/k9IwSDe


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While Auburn basketball is experiencing tremendous success on the court, the cloud of uncertainty about the future of the program persists.

The school's investigation of the program stemming from the FBI's case against former assistant coach Chuck Person is still ongoing and coach Bruce Pearl has still not met with Auburn president Steven Leath or lawyers from law firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White for a formal interview.

"Bruce and his staff are doing a great job on the court," Leath said Friday. "Clearly, Bruce knows that my expectation is that sooner or later he's going to have to come in and talk to me and others on campus about what's going on in the program and we're moving towards a solution on that, but that is an expectation."

In emails to fans sent in November, Leath said Pearl's "unwillingness to even talk" was "troublesome." There has been dialogue between Pearl and school officials for months, but not in an on-the-record capacity.

The sides, which at one point were headed towards possibly firing Pearl if he didn't cooperate before the season, have since come to an understanding for the short-term.

"I think there's a firm understanding and we're all on the same page about the expectations," Leath said. "The confusion has to do with timing, but we're clear on expectations about talking with us on the basketball program."

Last week, the NCAA ruled sophomore center Austin Wiley ineligible for the 2017-18 season after Auburn "self-reported violations involving recruiting, extra benefits and agent-related activity." Auburn is still awaiting the final decision on Danjel Purifoy.

New athletic director Allen Greene said Leath has been "transparent" about the situation with the basketball program, but that he personally has to learn more about the matter.

Support staffers Jordan VerHulst and Frankie Sullivan have been on paid administrative leave for over two months, a decision that came as a result of the internal investigation, but it's still unclear what either party did to warrant the disciplinary action.

"We're still in the middle of that investigation," Leath said. "Surely would be easier to sort that out if everybody would talk to me."

Leath said any decision regarding Pearl's future would "ultimately" be made by Greene, but that he'd be involved as well.
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