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Title: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2014, 12:58:21 pm
Bruce Pearl was always going to be a tough act to follow... Cuonzo Martin started promisingly enough, taking a team missing seven out of the prior year's top ten contributors (and the top three) and embarking on a furious finish to the season, narrowly missing out on an NCAA tournament berth. He even dazzled in recruiting, convincing Memphis-native and seemingly Kentucky-bound five-star recruit Jarnell Stokes to head to Knoxville. But in the first two years of his tenure, every time Tennessee seemed poised to break through, his team instead fell short, often in the most agonizing fashion possible...

... after every hard-fought, disappointing loss, there he is, a saintly presence on the screen: Bruce, Our Once and Future King.

With seven games left on the schedule, does Martin have anything left to change the narrative?

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2014/2/12/5405894/Tennessee-Vols-basketball-is-it-time-for-Bruce-Pearl-Clay-Travis

Pearl's show cause penalty ends in the summer of 2014. 
Title: Re: The Once and Future King: Should Bruce Pearl Return to Rocky Top?
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2014, 08:15:41 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  1h
My fav Bruce Pearl rumor right now is from the guy who allegedly played golf with him recently. Bruce doesn't play golf.

Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  1h
@ZackWelch5 He lives on a damn golf course, but he doesn't play. THAT'S FROM HIS DAMN SON.
Title: Re: The Once and Future King: Should Bruce Pearl Return to Rocky Top?
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2014, 08:53:28 am
Bo Mattingly ‏@SportsTalkwBo ·16 hrs
Pearl on UT fans wanting to have him back: UT is on the verge of making the Dance. The players and staff deserves the support of Vol nation.
Title: Re: The Once and Future King: Should Bruce Pearl Return to Rocky Top?
Post by: jbcarol on March 01, 2014, 07:07:26 pm
Happy at ESPN, Bruce Pearl isn't ruling out a coaching comeback

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m working hard to put myself in position if the opportunity presented itself. But I can tell you that if I don’t ever coach again, it won’t be something that will haunt me. I don’t feel like I’ve gotta get back into coaching to prove anything to anybody.”

Pearl’s name has been popular among many fan bases as of late. His three-year suspension for lying to the NCAA about having recruits at his house for a barbecue during his time at Tennessee is almost up. Officially, the penalty ends on Aug. 23. (http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/happy-at-espn-bruce-pearl-isnt-ruling-out-a-coaching-comeback)

Aaron Craft incident
Title: Re: The Once and Future King: Should Bruce Pearl Return to Rocky Top?
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2014, 09:35:20 am
■Tennessee says criticism of head coach Cuonzo Martin brought the Vols together, reports Patrick Brown of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Tennessee has won its last four straight, including a 38-point win over Vanderbilt and a 27-point win over Missouri.

http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/03/10/sec-tournament-features-teams-in-desperation-mode

Saw Alimony's is back in business on Kingston Pike as well.
Title: Re: The Once and Future King: Should Bruce Pearl Return to Rocky Top?
Post by: jbcarol on March 18, 2014, 10:33:37 am
Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravisBGID ·33 mins
If Tennessee loses a play-in game to Iowa the day after Auburn hires Bruce Pearl. Oh my. Good luck with that Dave Hart.

Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravisBGID ·27 mins
95% or more. It’s overwhelming. RT @Taz2482: what % of UT supporters (financially or otherwise) do you think want Pearl back?
Title: Re: The Once and Future King: Should Bruce Pearl Return to Rocky Top?
Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2014, 07:04:32 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·3 hrs
Auburn's Bruce Pearl working through recruiting show-cause penalty thanks to power of radio http://ow.ly/uQamR
Title: Re: The Once and Future King: Should Bruce Pearl Return to Rocky Top?
Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2014, 04:02:49 pm
Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravisBGID ·Mar 26
I’m just glad Manhattan’s coach didn’t lie about something important — like a cookout.
Title: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 12:46:33 pm
Tate O'Connor
 ‏@tater_oconnor ·17m  Bruce pearl is cooler than your coach. Currently in dunking booth on campus. @ClayTravisBGID @coachbrucepearl pic.twitter.com/GjqZIcAbu8

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkO7Zk-IAAAUjPJ.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2014, 08:37:28 pm
Bruce Pearl instituting 'cultural changes in workouts'; Chuck Person says Auburn's returning pieces have potential (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/04/bruce_pearl_instituting_cultur.html)

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Pearl, who has one spot left to fill on his coaching staff after announcing the hire of Chuck Person Monday, has spent his time at Auburn putting the current players through a grueling strength and conditioning program designed to get the team ready to play in his pressing, up-tempo style.

Three weeks after he was first hired, Pearl is pleased with the progress so far.

"During the last two weeks, I think there have been some cultural changes (with) the way we approach practice," Pearl said. "We had a 6 a.m. workout this morning that looked much different than the 6 a.m. workout we had two weeks ago."

Pearl has leaned heavily on Auburn's strength and conditioning staff, led by assistant strength and conditioning coach Damon Davis.

The key is to get the team ready to play Pearl's up-tempo style.

Person, in particular, said on Monday that Auburn's teams under Pearl would never get beat for lack of conditioning.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2014, 09:33:48 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello ·Apr 9
Bruce Pearl talks more about hiring Todd Golden as Auburn's director of basketball operations http://ow.ly/vCBKY

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Golden played at Saint Mary's, where he graduated in 2007. He played for Pearl at the Maccabiah Games in 2009 and was the team's co-captain. He played alongside Steven Pearl, Bruce's son.

“In coaching, in management and in leadership you surround yourself with people better than you and you look for great dimensions,” Pearl said in a statement. “Having coached Todd Golden and having watched his career in coaching I knew he could be a great asset to help me develop this program.”

Golden has been on Auburn's campus for most of the last week.

Auburn has one more major spot to fill on its staff as Pearl searches for a third on-the-court assistant. Auburn legend Chuck Person joined Pearl's staff Monday. He joins Tony Jones on Pearl's staff. Steven Pearl will serve as the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Pearl may make a decision on a third assistant coach by the end of the week. He interviewed 12 candidates in Arlington, Texas during the Final Four, including Cal assistant Greg Gottlieb and Oklahoma State assistant Butch Pierre, according to a source.

Patrick Beilein, the son of Michigan coach John Beilein, was on Auburn's campus Monday. Beilein coaches West Virginia Wesleyan.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: Inhogswetrust on April 11, 2014, 12:50:17 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  1h
My fav Bruce Pearl rumor right now is from the guy who allegedly played golf with him recently. Bruce doesn't play golf.

Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  1h
@ZackWelch5 He lives on a damn golf course, but he doesn't play. THAT'S FROM HIS DAMN SON.

I know a couple that lives at TPC Southwind overlooking a fairway and they don't play golf.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2014, 09:24:22 pm
Power forward Cinmeon Bowers from Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., became the first prospect to commit to coach Bruce Pearl at Auburn on Saturday. (http://mrsec.com/2014/04/pearl-lands-first-commitment-auburn)

Bowers signed with Florida State in November but was released from his national letter of intent in January after he was arrested for allegedly eating marijuana in order to conceal it from police officers during a traffic stop. Charges were later dropped.

Bowers told AuburnSports.com he wasn’t guilty of any wrongdoing during the alleged incident.

“About that incident, I was proven innocent,” he said. “I was falsely accused. People might think badly of me, but I don’t smoke. I was around the wrong people. People think I’m a bad guy – I’m a good guy.”

Bowers, who plans to sign with Auburn on Wednesday, believes he will be able to help the Tigers immediately.

“I looked at the depth chart and they need a four man,” Bowers told Auburn Sports. “I love the offense, they let the four man go and everybody shares the ball. It would be a great fit.”
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2014, 11:54:16 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·56m
Bruce Pearl to fans: Let's prove Auburn basketball doubters wrong http://ow.ly/vOAnK

Auburn is on pace to set a season-ticket record for men's basketball next season, coach Bruce Pearl said in a letter to fans Tuesday.

"Season tickets are already going fast for next season," Pearl said in an email sent to Auburn fans Tuesday morning. "We are on pace to set an Auburn Arena season ticket record. That news alone will help us change perceptions nationally."

Auburn is selling season tickets with prices ranging from $150 to $350 with a $50 deposit per seat.

The message comes following a big recruiting weekend for Pearl's coaching staff, which managed to gain a commitment from forward Cinmeon Bowers, the nation's top junior college player.

"We need you there at Auburn Arena this season as we create something truly special," Pearl also says in the letter. "There are some who believe it can't be done in men's basketball at Auburn. Together, let's prove them wrong."

(http://media.al.com/auburnfootball_impact/photo/14705259-large.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2014, 01:25:11 pm
Stewart Mandel ‏@slmandel ·3h
I sat down yesterday with new Auburn hoops coach Bruce Pearl, who's trying to rebuild while unable to recruit. http://bit.ly/1h3NBAf
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: razoredge178 on April 17, 2014, 07:38:36 am
I love that Cuanzo burnt Tennessee. They deserved it. They treated him like crap.

And Bruce Pearl tanks at Auburn....which doesn't matter....he took that gig in preparation for the Kentucky job. Genius really.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2014, 04:03:51 pm
Bruce Pearl ‏@coachbrucepearl  1h
First A-Day experience with the coaches!! @TJonesLive @cperson45 @StevenPearl22 #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/SQyW0IJJL7

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Blm92SFIgAANlVr.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2014, 01:37:47 pm
Nicole Auerbach ‏@NicoleAuerbach ·1 hr
Auburn will not appeal Bruce Pearl's show-cause penalty: http://usat.ly/1iGkl7j  via @USATODAYSports
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2014, 04:15:00 pm
Bruce Pearl ‏@coachbrucepearl  Apr 21
@Mattkreb5 Embrace your new coach! Expect him to embrace you and together y'all will be #VFL


Emphasis mine
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2014, 11:19:28 am
  AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  21h 
Gus Malzahn selling #Auburn basketball to recruits with Bruce Pearl on sideline http://ow.ly/waQ4l


Waiting out his show cause penalty
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on April 27, 2014, 02:38:20 pm
I love that Cuanzo burnt Tennessee. They deserved it. They treated him like crap.

And Bruce Pearl tanks at Auburn....which doesn't matter....he took that gig in preparation for the Kentucky job. Genius really.

Bingo!! We have a winner..... 8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: JansterZ71 on April 27, 2014, 02:43:47 pm
Well if anybody can win at Auburn and turn the program around it's Pearl.  Auburn cares too much about football for basketball to ever be good IMO but you can't say they aren't trying with this home run hire.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2014, 04:12:00 pm
Jeris McIntyre ‏@JerisMcIntyre ·Mar 18
Hopefully @coachbrucepearl  can bring us back to this!!!!! #WDE pic.twitter.com/S5hI62qsyt

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjB8OuMIIAEEJXL.jpg)



AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  59m
Bruce Pearl talks talent, expectations and Waffle House on this week's Auburn Podcast http://ow.ly/wuzcw
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: Solomwi on May 06, 2014, 09:13:14 pm
At Auburn, basketball is the #2 winter sport, behind football recruiting...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 10, 2014, 08:18:12 am
At Auburn, basketball is the #2 winter sport, behind football recruiting...

auburn spends more on recruiting than everyone else........ 8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: Solomwi on May 12, 2014, 04:06:13 pm
auburn spends more on recruiting than everyone else........ 8)

Yep
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 03:43:52 pm
Kristi Malzahn ‏@kristi_malzahn

Brandy and I have a photo op with the NATIONAL CHAMP, AUBIE!!! #wareagle! @AubietheTiger01 pic.twitter.com/57XnW8iIIq

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bm_gUt6CIAAYckv.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 04:02:56 pm
 Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  14m

Charles Barkley: "I told him, anything he needs me to do, I want to help. We've just got to get some players." http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/05/bruce_pearl_says_show-cause_pe.html …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 05:11:40 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2h

Bruce Pearl says show-cause penalty has affected decisions of Auburn prospects http://ow.ly/wTD8P

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"Well, obviously Gus had a remarkable year," Barkley said Tuesday on a fairway at Shoal Creek. "That was one of the coolest turnarounds I've ever seen. And now we've just got to get Bruce some players. I told him, anything he needs me to do, I want to help. We've just got to get some players."

"I can't take advantage of some of the momentum of my hiring personally and that's been a factor with a couple of prospects that don't know me well enough to actually make a decision," Pearl said. "'I've got to make a decision to play for this guy and never talk to him?' It's been challenging. That doesn't mean it's been prohibitive, but there have been a couple guys we coulda, shoulda if I could have had a conversation with them."

Pearl is barred from talking to high school and AAU coaches about recruits, too, which has proven difficult. Pearl is leaning on assistants Tony Jones, Chuck Person and Harris Adler on the recruiting trail in the meantime. The coach has also scheduled a basketball camp for "elite" prospects on the day his show-cause penalty ends: Aug. 24.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 19, 2014, 01:27:38 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 4h
My annual Coaching Hiring Grades coming out today. Can't wait for all the backlash/complaints.

Auburn Hire: Bruce Pearl -- ...It's because of what he did in Knoxville for six seasons -- taking the Vols to the NCAA tournament every single spring. For a school like SEC bottom-feeder Auburn to get a basketball coach like Pearl is a grand slam -- and the only way it happened is because Pearl was itching to get back on the sideline after being hit with a three-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA. He'll have Auburn hoops relevant in time. My only concern with Pearl is his staff, which doesn't feature a top-notch recruiter like he had in Knoxville with Steve Forbes.


The Insider also has Buzz Williams, Kelvin Sampson, Cuonzo Martin ranked among the top hires for 2014.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 20, 2014, 10:50:52 am
Auburn picked up immediate help in its backcourt Monday with the addition of former New Mexico State guard K.C. Ross-Miller, according to ESPN.

Ross-Miller is immediately eligible to play at Auburn, which is in dire need of help in the backcourt. The point guard is expected to complete his undergraduate classes and graduate from New Mexico State this summer, which will allow him to play immediately for one season at Auburn.

Ross-Miller drew headlines Feb. 27 when he sparked a post-game altercation following a loss at Utah Valley on Feb. 27. Ross-Miller threw a basketball at Utah Valley senior guard Holton Hunsaker in the final seconds just before fans stormed the court to celebrate the victory. With tensions high, a brawl involving fans and players erupted on the court.

Ross-Miller was suspended and did not appear in the final six games of the season, including New Mexico State's first-round loss to San Diego State in the NCAA tournament.

Ross-Miller will help a backcourt in need of experience at point guard, where sophomore Tahj Shamsid-Deen (9.5 points, 2.9 assists) is expected to battle the newcomer for playing time.

Ross-Miller connected on 43.7 percent of his shots, including 39.3 percent beyond the arc, and hit 82 percent of his free throws last season. (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/05/guard_kc_ross-miller_commits_t.html)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2014, 07:34:27 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  18h
Bruce Pearl will open Auburn career against his former team, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on Nov. 14, Pearl confirms. Contract being worked on.

Fun Fact: Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which played in the NCAA tournament this season, will not be eligible to play in the postseason next season because of its insufficient academic standing.

The school announced Wednesday that the NCAA denied the school's appeal on its Academic Performance Rate (APR).  (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/wisconsin-milwaukee-ineligible-2015-postseason-033745681--ncaab.html)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2014, 12:39:15 pm
Bruce Pearl: ‘We have lost prospects’ because of show-cause penalty (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/24/bruce-pearl-we-have-lost-prospects-because-of-show-cause-penalty)

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Bruce Pearl was hired by Auburn this March despite the fact that he still had almost five months remaining on his show-cause penalty.

Pearl can be a figurehead for the Auburn program, but until August 24th, he is not allowed to take part in any recruiting for the program. He can’t call players. He can’t interact with them on twitter. He can’t speak to them if they visit campus. Nothing. He’s not involved in the process at all.

Not even a family BBQ at the Pearl's. Nothing.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2014, 04:44:20 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN  5h
Kareem Canty told me it affected his decision. @CBTonNBC: Bruce Pearl: ‘We have lost prospects’ because of show-cause…

Canty transferred from Marshall to South Florida.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: DEVIL DOG HOG on May 24, 2014, 08:45:46 pm
From Rocky Top to Rocky Bottom.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2014, 01:26:11 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 3h
Bruce Pearl's message to Auburn fans: Don't be patient, but stay with us http://on.mgmadv.com/RoYerI

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"I'm not asking anybody to be patient – don't be patient - but don't quit on us," Pearl said. "Don't be patient, I'm not patient either, our players shouldn't be patient. It's been 10 years since we made the NCAA Tournament - don't be patient - but stay with us. I don't know what it's going to look like."

Auburn fans knew how dreadful the Tigers looked during the past four years under Tony Barbee. Despite one of the most woeful periods in the program's history fans are gobbling up season tickets to the point where Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs told the Montgomery Advertiser he suspects Auburn Arena to be sold out by the time the season starts.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2014, 03:58:57 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  29m
A few quick updates from our chats with @CoachGusMalzahn and @coachbrucepearl today at SEC spring meetings: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/05/live_updates_the_latest_from_d.html …

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Bruce Pearl says Auburn will host at least one high-quality opponent at Auburn Arena during the non-conference season. He is still working on the schedule, which already includes home game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (opener) and Middle Tennessee. The Tigers will travel to Colorado (ESPN Tip-Off Marathon), Texas Tech and Clemson.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2014, 07:44:46 am
What was the local, regional and national narrative of SEC basketball last season? It wasn't very good through Selection Sunday when only three teams from the league made the field. Then Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee all made the Elite Eight...

The goal going forward is to win some big games before the NCAA Tournament starts, before conference play begins, before football season ends. Can't win them if you don't play them so there's a continued emphasis on upgrading the non-conference schedule.

The league also has begun the process of moving from one to three permanent opponents among its 18 conference games and making sure the best teams in the league play each other to help boost their RPIs. (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/05/get_ready_for_sec_basketball_t.html)

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The SEC Network will be able to show those things, and the coaches are full of ideas.

"Get 'em on our bus," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "Get 'em at our pregame meal. Get 'em exposed to different places where, if I go to the SEC, look at the coverage I'm getting 24/7. Look at the access I'm getting, and let it be player-featured."

Pearl even suggested the network could show him cooking at his home at a barbecue. Wait. Isn't that what led to his downfall at Tennessee?

"Gotta make sure the guest list is where it needs to be," he said. "Don't you think the fans wanna see that?"
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 03, 2014, 07:10:39 am
 Bruce Pearl let it be known in a radio interview that he left Tennessee’s program in “really good shape” when he was fired in 2011. (http://mrsec.com/2014/06/sec-headlines-622014)

 Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  17h

#Vols men's hoops posted a 2.27 spring-semester GPA, down from 2.51 in the fall.
#Vols men's basketball team posts lowest single-semester GPA since spring of 2011 http://knoxblogs.com/fastbreak/2014/06/02/vols-hoops-gpa-dips-semester-coaching-change/ …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 04, 2014, 07:41:56 am
That Bruce Pearl is such a sneak. The new Auburn basketball coach has reportedly stolen a transfer away from new South Florida coach Orlando Antigua.

After saying he would transfer to USF, former Marshall guard Kareem Canty has instead decided to transfer to Auburn. It’s the second time Canty has committed to the Tigers. After averaging 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game for the Thundering Herd, Canty announced that he would be joining Pearl down on the Plains. But Canty changed his mind after visiting Antigua, the former UK assistant, in Tampa. (http://)

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Pearl has already picked up former UK commitment (from the Billy G. days) K.C. Ross-Miller, former Florida State signee Cinmeon Bowers and former Virginia Tech commit T.J. Lang, among others.

Canty was named third team All-Conference-USA and was a member of the league’s All-Freshmen team. He’s a 6-foot-1 guard out of Brooklyn, New York, who will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 season.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2014, 02:01:59 pm
New Faces, New Places: Bruce Pearl confronts Auburn challenge

It's the Friday of a holiday weekend, a day most hate to work and some even choose not to, and yet here's Bruce Pearl, before 8 a.m., in his office making coffee and counting the days until he can operate like a normal college basketball coach again. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24580310/new-faces-new-places-bruce-pearl-confronts-auburn-challenge)

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Why Auburn, I ask.

Pearl explains, quite simply, that Auburn has everything he needs to win.

Beyond that, though, he just wanted back in the SEC.

Period.

Who knew Frank Haith would subsequently leave Missouri for Tulsa? And though there were signs that Cuonzo Martin could try to leave Tennessee for any other good job, the reality is that Pearl understood, even if thousands who signed an online petition didn't, that he'd never be rehired in Knoxville regardless of whether UT eventually had an opening or not. So when Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs flew to Bristol, Conn., less than 24 hours after firing Tony Barbee, and promised a commitment to winning combined with a contract worth $2.2 million a year, it didn't take long for Pearl to accept. He had a boss with a vision who believed in him, all the resources he desired -- "Auburn already has a top-three recruiting budget in the SEC," Pearl points out -- and an opportunity to rejoin a league where he years ago became a larger-than-life character.

Thus, Pearl is coaching -- now at a school that's never made a Final Four, been to only one Elite Eight and failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in each of the past 11 seasons. Put another way, again, this is a historically tough job, and it's a job that, at the moment, is tougher than it would otherwise be because, like I mentioned at the top, Pearl is still counting the days until he can operate like a normal college basketball coach again.

That day comes 80 days from now.

"August 24," Pearl answers when I ask for a reminder of when his show-cause penalty expires, and it's not a coincidence that Auburn's first "Elite Camp" for high school prospects starts that morning.

Pearl will leave the state of Alabama entirely when recruits visit campus, either officially or unofficially.

"I've even gone back to Knoxville," Pearl says. "I just leave town."

When he's in town, the staff coordinates everything by cell phone, meaning Pearl will leave the offices when his assistants have a prospect in the offices, then maybe take a lunch or dinner break when his assistants are showing off the arena, locker room and weight room.

Taken down once by a photo with Aaron Craft and family at the Pearl family BBQ, Pearl says he does not want to take any chances.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 06, 2014, 06:20:14 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3h
Bruce Pearl's $15 million contract filled with show-cause guidelines, bonuses http://ow.ly/xIQP6

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Bruce Pearl's six-year contract at Auburn is heavy on bonuses and threatening language if he violates the terms of the NCAA's show-cause penalty.

The contract, signed May 12 by Pearl, was obtained Friday by AL.com through an open-records request.

Pearl will earn $2.175 million in his first year, with the total rising $100,000 each year. Pearl also received a $500,000 signing bonus, upping the value of the contract to more than $15 million over the next six years.

The contract also includes the potential of 20 additional bonuses totaling $1.225 million, including three academics-based bonuses, in each year.

The 35-page contract is also filled with guidelines and language related to Pearl's NCAA show-cause penalty, which ends the morning of Aug. 24.

The university can either fire or suspend Pearl with an adjusted yearly salary of $1.2 million if it finds he has violated his show-cause order...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 10, 2014, 10:06:46 am
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·
Bruce Pearl brings back Auburn's Tip-Off Club, plans to expand its influence http://s.al.com/8E9asEH  via @aldotcom

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Bruce Pearl's vision for Auburn basketball extends beyond the court, into the stands and even onto the road in other SEC arenas.

When Pearl takes his team on the road, he wants a bus, or a fleet of buses, full of Auburn fans following him down the highway.

Bringing back the Tip-Off Club, a club of Auburn basketball fans that had been going strong for more than two decades before taking a one-year break last season, is a big part of that vision.

"This is required. It's essential. This is the lifeblood of a program," Pearl said at the Tip-Off Club's first meeting at the Saugahatchee Country Club on Thursday. "The students, the faculty, the Tip-Off Club, our scholarship donors, our former lettermen, that's the foundation of our program."

Pearl has his own vision for the Tip-Off Club.

One of his chief goals this offseason has been to raise support among alumni and the local adult fan base, chiefly because the student section is gone for large chunks of the basketball season.

A year after Auburn posted the second-lowest average attendance in the SEC of 5,823 fans -- the lowest in the four-year history of Auburn Arena -- Pearl wants to make sure the Arena is loud even when the students are home for the holidays.

Tip-Off Club president Philip Minor remembers days like those at Auburn. A student at Auburn in the 80's, Minor stood in line for hours to get into games during the Sonny Smith era. The same happened when Chris Porter and Doc Robinson brought the Tigers back in the late 90's.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 11, 2014, 06:47:14 am
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·
Bruce Pearl brings back Auburn's Tip-Off Club, plans to expand its influence http://s.al.com/8E9asEH  via @aldotcom

Is that the Basketball equivalent to Football's NTYF?  8)
Title: Nation's leading returning scorer is scheduled to play in '14 for Bruce Pearl
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2014, 11:59:32 am
New Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has picked up the nation's leading returning scorer in Niagara transfer Antoine Mason.

Mason, a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 25.6 points last season, will be eligible this season for Pearl and the Tigers due to the NCAA's transfer rule, which allows players who have graduated and have eligibility remaining to be able to play immediately.

Mason, the son of former NBA player Anthony Mason, chose Auburn over Providence. (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/11065676/antoine-mason-transferring-auburn-tigers-niagara-purple-eagles)

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Mason is the third transfer Pearl and his staff have added since he took over for Tony Barbee. Marshall transfer Kareem Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists last season, and will have to sit out this season and have three remaining. New Mexico State guard K.C. Ross-Miller also will be eligible this season after graduating.

Auburn also added former Florida State signee Cinmeon Bowers, a 6-7, 260-pound big man who is considered one of the top junior college players in our nation.
Title: Re: Nation's leading returning scorer is scheduled to play in '14 for Bruce Pearl
Post by: jseinfeld50 on June 11, 2014, 12:13:29 pm
He's known mainly as a scorer and not a shooter. The knock against him is his sometimes bad shot selection and 29% 3 pt.
Title: Re: Nation's leading returning scorer is scheduled to play in '14 for Bruce Pearl
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2014, 12:20:04 pm
Jerry, he shot 50% inside the arc.

Pearl was on the radio this morning still complaining about not being able to recruit due to his show cause penalty.  Said he is allowed to lead workouts throughout the summer that all coaches have access to do.
Title: Re: Nation's leading returning scorer is scheduled to play in '14 for Bruce Pearl
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2014, 03:11:57 pm
$onic Mr. May 24th @Antoine_Mason  ·  7h

It's Official I Will Be Wearing Orange and Blue #14 at Auburn University #WarEagles #blessed #chiponmyshoulder
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2014, 03:17:01 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  34m
Auburn's 2014 roster a 'moving target'; Tigers in danger of exceeding scholarship limit http://ow.ly/xTzZh

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Auburn has gained commitments from seven players, including six immediately eligible in the fall, since November and are in danger of exceeding the 13-player scholarship limit. The Tigers added to their haul Wednesday with the commitment of Antoine Mason, the nation's leading returner scorer out of Niagara...

"It's a moving target and the best two teams in the league historically have been Kentucky and Florida, and historically they've had the best-looking rosters," Pearl told AL.com  before participating in Gus Malzahn's Children's Charity Golf Classic at Moore's Mill Club. "So we're making some adjustments and our returning players have been really willing and had a very active hand when we have prospects come on campus."

Pearl has not eliminated the possibility of redshirting players.

The numbers will work out for Pearl.

They always do.
Title: Re: Nation's leading returning scorer is scheduled to play in '14 for Bruce Pearl
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on June 12, 2014, 07:25:33 pm
New Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has picked up the nation's leading returning scorer in Niagara transfer Antoine Mason.

 (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/11065676/antoine-mason-transferring-auburn-tigers-niagara-purple-eagles)

How much?  8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2014, 04:02:01 pm
Retweeted by Bruce Pearl
 Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  · 
. @coachbrucepearl has coached his teams to 16 Championships in 19 seasons

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqCsGe3CQAE5CBk.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2014, 10:56:15 am
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  3h

It's 630 AM..where is your competition? Trying to honor JordanHare, Pat Dye Field runnin stadiums. @AuburnMBB

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrDpggjCAAIw-wj.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2014, 08:27:32 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  14h
Bruce Pearl attempting to 'heal' #Auburn basketball program with lettermen, fresh faces, tougher scheduling http://ow.ly/yxExv
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2014, 03:50:14 pm
Charles Barkley is at it again. The outspoken NBA analyst, and former league MVP, was invited back to Auburn along with other prominent former Tiger players and coaches on Friday and Barkley spoke out against the NCAA while defending new Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/28/charles-barkley-criticizes-ncaa-supports-bruce-pearl-at-auburn-reunion-event)

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“I thought he got screwed by the NCAA. He did not get a fair deal with the NCAA. I’m not a big NCAA fan as you can tell. What happened to him was really unfair,” Barkley said on Friday.

Barkley was invited back to Auburn for the Moore’s Mill Club event by Pearl along with former Auburn head coaches Sonny Smith and Cliff Ellis — currently the head coach at Coastal Carolina. Former players also attended the event and Barkley appreciated that Pearl invited former coaches of the program to maintain support.

“I want to thank Bruce for having all us guys back,” Barkley said in the report. “It’s really cool. I look forward to coming back any time I get an opportunity. The one thing people aren’t talking about is I thought it was cool to invite all the old coaches. People always invite the old players back, but to invite the old coaches, I thought that was spectacular. I’m glad to be here, we’re going to have some fun.”

The former forward also had kind words to say about Pearl and Barkley said he’ll continue to support the new head coach in whatever way that he can.

“I’m going to support Bruce. I’m not one those alumni. Trust me, Auburn has enough alumni who are in a pain in the [expletive] to run the football program. I’m going to support Bruce,” Barkley said to Rankin. “Whatever he needs from me, I want to support the program. I’m not one of those alumni. I just want to support my team and my school. That’s it. Plain and simple.”

Pearl noted that he had saved a complimentary voice mail from Barkley that he received seven years ago.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2014, 12:52:12 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  12m
Bruce Pearl wants to win quickly, before shine wears off Auburn's apple http://ow.ly/yC8kJ

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Right now, Bruce Pearl's life is exciting for one reason: everything is new. He's in a new town with new players, a new church and new synagogue.

"New charities and new friends," Pearl said Monday. "A new staff and new players. Putting it all together."

The first-year Auburn coach also knows how fast things can turn on a coach if he doesn't win quickly. He has seen it happen before and he knows why his first season on the Plains is important, with or without high expectations from the fan base.

"I also believe it's important you have to have some success in the first few years," Pearl said. "I know everybody likes to talk about being patient, but there's momentum when you first get hired.  I saw it at Tennessee in football: after a couple years, if you're not winning, the shine wears off the apple pretty quickly."

"I've been to the tournament 17 times in 19 years, but, at the same
time, there's a lot of work that still needs to be done," said Pearl, who inherits a team that finished with a 14-16 record in March. "One of my challenges is going to be the coaching aspect. I've been out for three years. The game has changed some. I've got to be able to make some adjustments. Just because what we did worked three or four years ago, doesn't mean that I don't have to make adjustments with our system to ensure it still works."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2014, 11:50:20 am
Former Tennessee and current Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl told the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press that his return to Tennessee was never likely, but that he's still a "Vol for life" despite taking another job in the SEC.

“I don’t think my being at Tennessee again was ever going to happen,” Pearl said Monday while in the Tri-Cities area for the opening of a new children's hospital.

Pearl added that Donnie Tyndall was a "great choice" by Tennessee, though.

"We had a great run at Tennessee," Pearl said. "We made so many wonderful friends that we now consider family. Tennessee is one of the top four or five programs in the SEC and Auburn is not. We have a lot of catching up to do."  (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Pearl-I-was-probably-never-going-to-return-to-Vols-29415160)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2014, 02:25:53 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3h

Bruce Pearl 'excited' as he works with newcomers, nation's leading returning scorer, top JUCO player http://ow.ly/yF172
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on July 01, 2014, 08:30:31 pm
Former Tennessee and current Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl told the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press that his return to Tennessee was never likely, but that he's still a "Vol for life" despite taking another job in the SEC.

“I don’t think my being at Tennessee again was ever going to happen,” Pearl said Monday while in the Tri-Cities area for the opening of a new children's hospital.

Pearl added that Donnie Tyndall was a "great choice" by Tennessee, though.

"We had a great run at Tennessee," Pearl said. "We made so many wonderful friends that we now consider family. Tennessee is one of the top four or five programs in the SEC and Auburn is not. We have a lot of catching up to do."  (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Pearl-I-was-probably-never-going-to-return-to-Vols-29415160)
Strange!

He's right, but still strange..... 8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 05, 2014, 06:03:53 pm
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  8h
Congrats and Good luck to former @AuburnMBB big man @Asauhndixontatum on his first NBA #SummerLeague game for @OrlandoMagic #NBA
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2014, 01:18:26 pm
Bruce Pearl has assembled plenty of perimeter talent for his debut season at Auburn.

In addition to K.T. Harrell, the SEC's sixth-leading scorer, and promising freshman point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Pearl has added the nation's leading returning scorer in Antoine Mason, New Mexico State transfer K.C. Ross-Miller, along with freshmen swingmen T.J. Lang and Sam Logwood. (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/07/bruce_pearl_sees_summer_potent.html)

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Pearl faces more question marks inside. Although the Tigers did sign the nation's No. 1 junior college prospect in power forward Cinmeon Bowers, the rest of the post presence will have to come from a returning roster that struggled to find production outside of departed center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum and departed senior swingman Allen Payne last season.

His stable includes a lot of players who have a lot to prove. Three returners -- a pair of 6-8 forwards Jordon Granger and Alex Thompson, plus 6-foot-9 center Matthew Atewe -- who averaged fewer than two points last season, and only Atewe, at 3.4, averaged more than two rebounds.

Pearl will need some minutes from those players, who all have a transition to make to play in Pearl's pressing, full-court system.

A system that could fit Granger, a lanky junior, perfectly.

"Jordon, defensively, could probably play the 2, 3 or 4," Pearl said in an interview on ESPN Auburn-Opelika Tuesday. "He's very quick, he's very athletic, improved his range. Jordon's worked really hard, he's become a great leader for me."

Granger played 10-12 minutes per game last season.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2014, 08:54:58 pm
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  14h
Chris Loften, 1of the hardest working, most dedicated competitors I've ever coached. #outlive @Vol_Hoops @AuburnMBB !http://m.maysville-online.com/sports/basketball/hard-work-pays-off-for-lofton-in-hall-of-fame/article_f31ace6b-3599-5fee-ade1-85958013929c.html?mobile_touch=true ….

Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  13h
“@JacobOB23: @coachbrucepearl I'll never forget this one coach.... pic.twitter.com/rppHAADV06”That shot was vs @KDTrey5 He still talks about it

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsV3O-tCQAEr1oY.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2014, 10:25:49 am
Retweeted by Bruce Pearl
Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  23h

#PearlFacts - @coachbrucepearl's teams have scored over 100 points 98 times during his 19 year head coaching career

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsrgFeRCUAAHdur.jpg)

Fun fact
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2014, 04:55:03 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2h
Dion Wade will transfer; Auburn basketball drops to NCAA scholarship limit http://ow.ly/A2q2D
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2014, 05:53:55 pm
Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  Aug 6

#PearlFacts - @coachbrucepearl has led his teams to an incredible 268-31 (.896) home record during his career

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuYklRuCAAA3FdI.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2014, 06:35:23 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  4h
.@coachbrucepearl finalizes his first non-conference basketball schedule at Auburn http://ow.ly/Ainv8

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2014-15 non-conference schedule
Nov. 7: West Alabama (exhibition), 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 14: Wisconsin-Milwaukee, TBA
Nov. 18: at Colorado, Midnight, ESPN2
Nov. 21: Louisiana Lafayette, 7 p.m.
Nov. 24: Tulsa (Las Vegas), 10 p.m., ESPNU
Nov. 26: Oklahoma State or Oregon State (Las Vegas), 8 p.m./10:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3
Dec. 3: at Texas Tech, 8 p.m., SEC Network/ESPN3
Dec. 5: Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m.
Dec. 14: at Clemson, TBA
Dec. 17: Winthrop, 7 p.m.
Dec. 20: Xavier, 7 p.m.
Dec. 23: Texas Southern, 7 p.m.
Dec. 29: Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m.
Jan. 3: North Alabama, 4 p.m.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2014, 02:37:25 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  1h
"Recruiting has gone pretty well without me," but Bruce Pearl says he's ready to work at midnight Aug. 24, when show-cause penalty ends.


Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 01:33:10 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  19h
Bruce Pearl's return to Tennessee one of highlights on Auburn's SEC schedule. Here's the full schedule: http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/08/bruce_pearls_return_to_tenness.html …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2014, 05:55:31 pm
Bruce Pearl has assembled plenty of perimeter talent for his debut season at Auburn.

In addition to K.T. Harrell, the SEC's sixth-leading scorer, and promising freshman point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Pearl has added the nation's leading returning scorer in Antoine Mason, New Mexico State transfer K.C. Ross-Miller, along with freshmen swingmen T.J. Lang and Sam Logwood. (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/07/bruce_pearl_sees_summer_potent.html)

Granger played 10-12 minutes per game last season.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  21h
Former Auburn signee Sam Logwood has committed to New Mexico, sources told ESPN.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 08:26:26 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  9h
.@coachbrucepearl not interested in Midnight Madness, celebrating before season at Auburn http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/08/bruce_pearl_not_interested_in.html …

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"As much as you all think I'm P.T. Barnum, the truth of the matter is in October, I want to chain the doors. I want to lock them," Pearl said. "I don't want anybody, and I want to see if we can guard somebody and if we can have a few positions without turning it over, if we can try to find a way to play and honor the game."

"Let's try to get March Madness before we have some Midnight Madness," Pearl said.

Pearl arrived at Auburn and immediately strengthened the Tigers' non-conference schedule. The goal is the postseason, and getting there will rely heavily on the Tigers' standing in the Ratings Percentage Index.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2014, 08:52:17 pm
 Retweeted by Bruce Pearl
 Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  10h
ICYMI last night on @SECNetwork here is the video of #AllAccess with @coachbrucepearl during Lettermen's Weekend http://secsports.go.com/video/11380773
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2014, 02:40:01 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1m

Auburn basketball's home opener set to be first ever televised nationally http://ow.ly/ACQme

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Auburn's season opener against Wisconsin-Milwaukee will tip off at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. The Nov. 14 tip against Pearl's former team is the first season opener in Auburn history to be televised nationally.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2014, 02:40:48 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  3h

Bruce Pearl will host recruit when show-cause penalty ends in midnight hour http://ow.ly/ACvbP 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqIhfiIEAA_I20.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2014, 05:15:47 pm
Bryan Matthews @BMattAU  ·  5h
ANOTHER PEARL | Our FREE story on the commitment of Horace Spencer http://shar.es/1nPr5W  via @Rivals
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2014, 07:23:02 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  41m
Auburn's @CoachBrucePearl recruited until 3:15 a.m. Sunday after NCAA penalty was lifted http://ow.ly/AFxiF
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 28, 2014, 09:19:58 pm
Clay Travis @ClayTravisBGID  ·  6h
So Bruce Pearl just got another top 100 basketball player at Auburn. This is unreal.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 06:41:48 am
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  8h

"That's what the school president & AD said -- Auburn is like the 'second-chance university'" --> http://on-ajc.com/1tQG9S8
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 29, 2014, 06:54:45 am
auburn must scan the police blotters every morning when scouting for new talent........ 8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 11:45:02 am
Keith Niebuhr @Keith247Sports  ·  20h

Big Ten coach once compared new #Auburn hoops commit to Dikembe Mutombo FREE http://auburn.247sports.com/Article/Auburn-lands-4-star-big-man-Trayvon-Reed-30627031 …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 05:46:19 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  2h
Auburn has announced Ronald Delph and Alex Thompson "have taken an indefinite leave of absence" from the basketball team.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 29, 2014, 06:04:10 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  2h
Auburn has announced Ronald Delph and Alex Thompson "have taken an indefinite leave of absence" from the basketball team.

The barn's version of "Processing"....... 8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 08:43:04 am
John Talty @JTalty  ·  16h
RT @danwolken: Gotta love when kids get their scholarships pulled to make room for a guy who was arrested for assaulting a police officer

John Talty @JTalty  ·  16h
RE LRT: He's talking about Bruce Pearl and Auburn.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 10:39:06 am
Chad Prewett @coach_prewettAU  ·  18m
@coachbrucepearl taking down @AubietheTiger01 at the #SECNetwork Gameday set. #WarEagle

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BwS84E0IcAA0b15.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 30, 2014, 01:11:56 pm
John Talty @JTalty  ·  16h
RT @danwolken: Gotta love when kids get their scholarships pulled to make room for a guy who was arrested for assaulting a police officer

John Talty @JTalty  ·  16h
RE LRT: He's talking about Bruce Pearl and Auburn.

 8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 07:17:35 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  Aug 28
Pearl now has talent for 2015-16: Kareem Canty, TJ Dunans, Daniel Purifoy, Horace Spencer, Cinmeon Bowers, Trayvon Reed. Needs a 2-guard.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 08, 2014, 08:21:44 pm
Wes Rucker@wesrucker247
CONSPIRACY!!! RT @ChrisThomasTCL: Auburn coach Bruce Pearl sells home in Knoxville, then buys another http://bit.ly/1nGVcsS

FeelsLike98 ‏@FeelsLike98  2h
@wesrucker247 PETITION TIME

Bobby Bragg ‏@BraggBobby  2h
For Jon Gruden RT @wesrucker247: CONSPIRACY! MT @ChrisThomasTCL: Bruce Pearl sells home in Knoxville, buys another http://bit.ly/1nGVcsS
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2014, 10:05:52 am
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  17h

Dealt with the slippery slope @jimrome 10pm Tuesday night! He was great! Hope my comments were fair and appropriate

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxCqtvmCAAA3HAd.jpg:large)


Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  16h

Looks like @coachbrucepearl is taking Los Angeles by storm this week. pic.twitter.com/vELGPne0Wx

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxDBp4lIEAENmH3.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2014, 01:17:00 pm
Bruce Pearl talks Ray Rice, Bruce Levenson, concussions with Jim Rome (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/09/bruce_pearl_talks_ray_rice_bru.html)

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Whether Rice should get a second chance was another question on the show.

"For me as a coach and myself, who lied to the NCAA and didn't tell the truth, and had a three-year show-cause (suspension) for making the mistake of a lifetime -- something I own and am embarrassed about -- I'm grateful that I was given a little bit of grace and I'm grateful that I was given a second chance," Pearl said. "This is tougher. Tougher."

Pearl on whether coaches should bench players with a history of concussions:

"I have had in my career a couple guys that had an enlarged heart and prior to an episode I denied them the opportunity to play basketball. I kept them on scholarship but wouldn't let them play. So, I've been in that situation before with an enlarged heart and not let them play. I felt the risk was too great."

A replay of Pearl's appearance on "Jim Rome on Showtime" is next scheduled to air Thursday at 9 p.m. CT.

Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 25, 2014, 11:18:47 am
Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  20h

Eric Smith, Dir. of Health Promotion & Wellness Services at @AuburnU, talking to the team about domestic violence

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByU2L-VCcAAAthb.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on September 25, 2014, 11:44:40 am
Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  20h

Eric Smith, Dir. of Health Promotion & Wellness Services at @AuburnU, talking to the team about domestic violence

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByU2L-VCcAAAthb.jpg:large)

How to do it.......?  8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 07:03:46 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  14h 14 hours ago
Watch Bruce Pearl's press conference before Auburn opens fall practice http://ow.ly/CgtxR

Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·  15h 15 hours ago
Auburn center Matthew Atewe returns as Tigers open practice http://s.al.com/QibKHVl

Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  15h 15 hours ago
2 players on indefinite leave of absence 'not enrolled' at Auburn, says Bruce Pearl http://ow.ly/CgokM

Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  12h 12 hours ago
Scenes from Bruce Pearl's first day of fall practices at Auburn http://ow.ly/CgzUq
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2014, 06:58:02 pm
Clay Travis @ClayTravisBGID  ·  5h 5 hours ago
Bruce Pearl and the Auburn basketball program took over a classroom. This is very cool. I love Bruce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMntqmkqdT4 …

Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2014, 07:03:08 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  10m 10 minutes ago
.@CoachBrucePearl feels 'great responsibility' at #Auburn, wants to build a legacy http://ow.ly/Dc2j8

How will they remember BP?
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2014, 03:12:05 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  9 minutes ago

Just how passionate is #Auburn's Bruce Pearl? His shirt is coming off in practice http://ow.ly/DfddS

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"A couple days ago at practice, I think somebody may have missed a foul shot... I don't really know what happened, somebody might not have been sprinting hard," KT Harrell said. "(Pearl) takes off his shirt, and starts yelling and screaming.

"I'm thinking in my mind.. put your shirt back on. He threw it on the ground and was yelling. But that's just how passionate he is."

Of course, this isn't the first time Pearl has bared his chest.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2014, 10:05:13 am
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  · 
Auburn basketball senses 'big buzz' around team, 'like we're the football team or something' http://s.al.com/Sjz0btY

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T Harrell grew up in Montgomery, only an hour away from Auburn. Tahj Shamsid-Deen, an Atlanta native, wasn't much further away than Harrell.

Neither player remembers much about Auburn basketball. Harrell and Shamsid-Deen knew Charles Barkley had played on the Plains. That was about it.

"Since Coach Pearl's been here, there's been a big buzz, like we're the football team or something," Shamsid-Deen said. "You're not supposed to really listen to what media say or what we hear on TV, but we see it, and we hear it."

The arrival of head coach Bruce Pearl has raised anticipation surrounding the start of Auburn's basketball season to a level the Tigers haven't seen in more than a decade.

And maybe even longer than that.

When Pearl stepped into the interview room at Auburn Arena for the Tigers' media day on Tuesday, he couldn't help but smile and crack a few jokes at a room filled with at least 25 members of the media.

In the past, a preseason basketball interview might net enough reporters to count on one hand.

"I think there is a lot of hope and excitement and energy," Pearl said. "Just look at the season-ticket numbers. We sold 2,100 last year and we've sold over 5,000 already this year."

To put those season-ticket numbers in perspective, Auburn averaged only 5,823 fans per game in 18 home games last season, the second-lowest in the SEC and the worst in the four-year history of Auburn Arena...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: ChicoHog on October 25, 2014, 04:14:07 pm
There is not a basketball coach out there I have less respect for than Bruce Pearl.  I have always disliked Auburn in football.  Now I can do the same in basketball.  Hope they lose every game. 
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2014, 07:39:03 pm
Bryan Matthews @BMattAU  ·  10m 10 minutes ago
Bruce Pearl with his best Gus Malzahn imitation at tonight's Pearl Jam

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2014, 09:01:57 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  14 minutes ago
RT @bennettphoto: #Auburn @coachbrucepearl impersonates @CoachGusMalzahn. More photos: http://photos.al.com/4558/gallery/bruce_pearls_pearl_jam/index.html …

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Title: Bruce Pearl Dressed Up As Gus Malzahn For Halloween
Post by: SwazyHog on October 31, 2014, 07:20:03 am
http://collegespun.com/sec/auburn-sec/photo-bruce-pearl-dressed-up-as-gus-malzahn-for-halloween (http://collegespun.com/sec/auburn-sec/photo-bruce-pearl-dressed-up-as-gus-malzahn-for-halloween)

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl Dressed Up As Gus Malzahn For Halloween
Post by: The Boar War on October 31, 2014, 07:28:35 am
The guy is a cheater and runs a loose ship.  But I love having characters in the game.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: Inhogswetrust on October 31, 2014, 11:59:54 am
Clay Travis @ClayTravisBGID  ·  5h 5 hours ago
Bruce Pearl and the Auburn basketball program took over a classroom. This is very cool. I love Bruce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMntqmkqdT4 …


Probably invited by the Professor to make a point about "branding" which is what the lecture appeared to be about.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2014, 09:54:36 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  14 hours ago
Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl shows off new Jungle shirt. More photos from Pearl Jam:,  http://ow.ly/DCwmT

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2014, 07:33:38 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  5 hours ago

Bruce Pearl underwent back surgery Tuesday morning in Pensacola, Auburn has confirmed. He is expected to coach exhibition Friday.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2014, 07:42:29 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  14 hours ago

Watch Bruce Pearl return to Auburn basketball practice 1 day after back surgery http://ow.ly/DTsva
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2014, 12:12:22 pm
 Auburn Tigers @AuburnTigers  ·  1 hour ago

Thank you #Auburn Family! @AuburnMBB season tix are sold out. See you at the Arena. http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/110714aaa.html … #WarEagle

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 09:20:06 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  9 hours ago
. @coachbrucepearl makes long-awaited return to coaching, gets call from @CoachGusMalzahn http://ow.ly/DZROb 

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Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  10 hours ago
BP sent team a text after surgery. Mason: "The good thing is he got out of the hospital. The bad thing was that he was out of the hospital."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2014, 09:48:16 am
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  8 hours ago
AUBURN BASKETBALL: Tigers rally to give Bruce Pearl his first win as Tigers HC — his first victory in 1,346 days http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/article_19876744-6c8e-11e4-aa02-3bf3d6adb149.html …

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It was Pearl’s first game in 3 years and nearly 8 months after serving a 3-year NCAA-sanctioned show-cause penalty for lying during a 2011 NCAA investigation while the head coach at Tennessee. His last win was a 74-68 Volunteers victory over Arkansas in the first round of the SEC Tournament on March 10, 2011 — a span of 1,346 days.

Pearl credited his new squad's strong will in the face of tough odds.

“One thing I found out tonight that I hadn’t been able to see is how we’d handle adversity,” Pearl said. “I thought the team showed a lot of character, and it starts with upper classmen.”
A more experienced and much bigger Wisconsin-Milwaukee — the program Pearl first turned around as a Division I head coach — nearly took advantage of his latest reclamation project when it led 55-43 with 11 minutes left following a 12-4 run during a 3:23 stretch midway through the second half.

Harrell drilled a 3-pointer with 10:37 remaining to spark a 19-2 Auburn run over the next 5 minutes — including 10-0 in the final 2:41 of that spurt — as the Tigers built a 62-57 advantage with 5:42 remaining. Auburn led by as much as 6 points twice over the final 4:45.
It didn’t come without a cost.

Mason suffered a “pretty nasty ankle sprain” according to Pearl, after landing awkwardly on his left ankle when he was fouled by Milwaukee forward Matt Tiby, who fouled out on the play.

Sophomore point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen left the game with 14:51 remaining after dislocating his right shoulder when he dove for a steal after scoring a layup to pull within 43-38 with 15 minutes left. Pearl said Shamsid-Deen suffered a subluxation of the shoulder.
“He has never done it before,” Pearl said. “So how tight is it, how much damage did he do to the nerve? Because when you do that sometimes you can lose feeling, strength, and he’s experiencing some of those things now. We’re just going to have to see.”

Following a preseason injury to sophomore center Matthew Atewe in last weekend’s exhibition game, Bowers was given the yeoman’s task of controlling the boards for the Tigers.  And for the most part, the nation’s top JUCO player last year more than held his own with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the second half.

“With Matt out, I’m the only big man — me and Jordon (Granger) — so I just feel like I have to get every rebound,” Bowers said. “I have to, there’s no question.”

Bowers’ 17 boards were an Auburn Arena record and the most since Rob Chubb pulled down 15 in 2012 against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 16, 2014, 12:09:05 pm
Rhett Lashlee @rhettlashlee  ·  Nov 15
War Eagle to @coachbrucepearl and the Auburn Men's BB team on their big opening season win last night ! #WarEagle

Jay G. Tate @JayGTate  ·  20 hours ago
Rhett Lashlee: Steely resolve, etc.

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 05:07:43 pm
Finances, class schedules on Bruce Pearl's mind with midnight game at Colorado

Bruce Pearl faced a conundrum while building his first schedule at Auburn.

He wanted his program to be in the spotlight, but he also needed to save money and keep class schedules in mind. (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/11/finances_class_schedules_on_br.html)

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Auburn traveled to Colorado over the weekend, where the Tigers play Colorado early Tuesday morning at midnight CT on ESPN2. The game is part of ESPN's 24-hour marathon of basketball games. The early-morning tip in the middle of the fall semester presents issues for Pearl, the players and the program -- both financially and academically.

"We are going to try and win more and spend less," Pearl said, according to an Auburn news release. "There are times when it makes sense to fly commercial. We are not pressed for time going out because it's a weekend for travel; we are pressed for time coming back because we are missing classes."

The Tigers traveled via a commercial airliner Sunday and will return on a charter jet immediately following the game Tuesday morning.

Auburn enters the game a 10.5-point underdog against the Buffaloes, who are on the fringe of the Associated Press poll this week as the second-highest team receiving votes outside the top 25.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2014, 07:05:34 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3 hours ago
#Auburn's Bruce Pearl hints at possible lineup tweaks after Colorado loss http://ow.ly/EuR8Z

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Coming off an embarrassing 90-59 loss at Colorado, Auburn's basketball team could have a new look in Friday's home game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

When healthy, guards KT Harrell and Antoine Mason and forward/center Cinmeon Bowers seem to have solidified starting roles in Auburn's lineup in head coach Bruce Pearl's eyes. The rest of the team? Not so much.

Forward Jordon Granger failed to score a point in 20 minutes on the court, but managed to pull down five rebounds for the undersized Tigers. Fellow starter Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who started all 30 games at point guard last season, returned from his shoulder injury in the season opener and finished with just two points and two assists in 22 minutes.

"You can tell, in a game like this, who belonged out there," Pearl told the Auburn IMG Sports Network after Tuesday's loss. "KT Harrell belonged out there. Cinmeon Bowers belonged out there. K.C. Ross-Miller, offensively, belonged out there. You go beyond that, it's really hard to look at Jordon (Granger), who didn't score and Tahj (Shamsid-Deen) who was 1-for-8, but God bless for playing with the shoulder that got separated.

"We're not very deep, so obviously we're up against it."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2014, 05:53:17 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1 hour ago
One of Auburn's top basketball stars may miss second straight game http://ow.ly/EyWgX

Grad transfer guard Antoine Mason is recovering from an ankle injury


AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1 hour ago
Surgery will not be required on Matthew Atewe's injured shin http://ow.ly/Ez1cM

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The Auburn forward re-opened a fracture near the steel rod doctors inserted into his left leg in April, but surgery will not be required to repair the damage, coach Bruce Pearl said Wednesday.

"He's just going to have to sit and heal," Pearl said.

Doctors have explained to Pearl that the re-opened fracture is more conducive for healing than the previous fracture. Surgery was required in April because the stress fracture did not open at a great depth allowing more blood flow and healing.

"Now, the same crack has reopened but its opened at a greater depth, not all the way through, which is going to create more blood (flow), which will create some more trauma, which will create a much stronger heal," Pearl said. "So, Matthew is going to heal much better because of this injury. It makes sense to me. I hope it makes sense to you -- the doctors explaining that to me. Obviously I did stay at a Holiday Express last night but I'm not a doctor. I'm just repeating what those guys told me and it makes sense."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2014, 07:38:49 am
SportsCenter @SportsCenter  ·  20 minutes ago

ICYMI: Auburn coach Bruce Pearl hits incredible #SCtop10 trick shot from the upper deck of Tigers arena.

Video available at link (fast forward to 1:00 mark) (http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/page/instantawesome-pearl-141119/auburn-coach-bruce-pearl-hits-amazing-trick-shot-auburn-arena-rafters?ex_cid=sportscenterTW)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2014, 11:19:17 am
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  16 hours ago

AUBURN BASKETBALL: Tests continue for Tigers vs. Louisiana-Lafayette http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_be4d73f6-7119-11e4-985d-eff74800cd9a.html …

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Bruce Pearl is on a mission to turn around Auburn’s men’s basketball program.

A part of that mission was pitting his rebuilt squad against teams that have been where he hopes to get — the NCAA Tournament.

That plan looked to backfire Monday night when the Tigers fell apart in the second half of a 90-59 beating at Colorado.

The road only gets tougher Friday night when defending Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana-Lafayette comes to Auburn Arena for an 8 p.m. tip.

Louisiana-Lafayette is the final on-campus game of the MGM Grand Main Event tournament, which includes for the Tigers two games Monday and Wednesday against Tulsa and the winner between Oklahoma State or Oregon State, in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin-Milwaukee game last Friday was the first on-campus game in the event...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2014, 04:31:16 pm
Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  17 hours ago
ICYMI here are the highlights from tonight's 105-80 win over Louisiana http://youtu.be/p57cHnOAf3s

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 04, 2014, 10:51:14 am
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  12 hours ago

Pearl on loss to Texas Tech: "This one is going to sting because we had this one and road wins are hard to come by."

Justin Lee @OAJustinLee  ·  13 hours ago

The game-winner.
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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2014, 12:55:00 pm
Jason Caldwell @ITATJason  ·  13 hours ago

@coachbrucepearl giving out doughnuts with SGA at Auburn Library for finals week

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 13, 2014, 01:30:09 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  23 hours ago
AUBURN MEN'S BASKETBALL: Trayvon Reed cleared by NCAA, Alex Thompson rejoins program; both immediately eligible http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_0adb805c-823e-11e4-b013-dbda16ef0ea2.html …

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Bruce Pearl received a massive shot in the arm Friday with the news of three players joining — or in some cases rejoining — the team.
Headlining the new additions is 7-foot-2, 240-pound freshman center Trayvon Reed, who is eligible to participate immediately after the NCAA Clearinghouse officially approved him mid-morning Friday, along with 6-8 sophomore wing Alex Thompson.
“Trayvon Reed became eligible this morning. The last thing we were waiting for was the Clearinghouse,” Pearl said. “I’m very pleased that he’s been able to get through this process. Like myself, he is appreciative and grateful for the opportunity Auburn is going to give him for a second chance..."

Reed pled guilty to a reduced second-degree misdemeanor assault charge last Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun, stemming from an incident in late July involving an alleged assault of a plain-clothed police officer that resulted in his dismissal from the Maryland basketball team.

Thompson, from Dothan, spent the first semester away from the university after taking “an indefinite leave of absence” along with redshirt freshman center Ronald Delph, who has yet to rejoin the team.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2014, 02:43:25 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  3 hours ago

Bruce Pearl: "We have two great defensive coordinators on our campus: Coach Muschamp and coach Person."


Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  3 hours ago

Auburn G Antoine Mason says he's "80 percent" healthy. He returned to court Saturday after missing 6 straight games w/ ankle injury.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2014, 11:56:09 am
Bruce Pearl a firm believer in second chances

Bruce Pearl is a forgiving sort.

After all, Pearl needed someone to take a chance on him after his tenure at Tennessee ended in disgrace. (http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/12/16/3470983_bruce-pearl-a-firm-believer-in.html)

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After being given new life by the Tigers, it's no surprise Pearl has been equally willing to allow troubled, wayward players a soft landing spot.

Enter Trayvon Reed.

A 7-foot-2, 230-pound center from Montgomery, Ala., Reed was once committed to Maryland. But he never made it to College Park. A July arrest — where Reed was charged with theft under $100, second-degree assault of a police officer and second-degree assault in a shoplifting incident — prevented him from enrolling at Maryland. On Aug. 1, the Terrapins dismissed Reed. He then packed his bags for Florida, where he spent the fall semester at ELEV|8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach.

That set things in motion for him to come to Auburn, giving his commitment to the Tigers in August.

Last Friday, he was finally declared eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse, taking part in his first game as a Tiger on Sunday...

What convinced Pearl that Reed was the right fit for his program? Size and talent are one thing; breaking a police officer's finger, as Reed did during the incident led to his July arrest, is another.

Pearl said it was a long process, involving several unofficial visits with Reed. Pearl met with "a number of different people on campus." He also spoke with guard KT Harrell, who played on the same travel ball team as Reed growing up in Montgomery.

"It was something that involved a lot of different people in as it relates to visiting with him, interviewing him, talking to him, and trying to make a determination whether or not he could be successful at Auburn and whether he was truly accountable," Pearl said. "It was determined that he was."

While it took the blessing of people above Pearl to bring Reed to Auburn, the coach said where it goes from here ultimately rests with him.

"If things don't work out, it's on me, OK? I don't want to put it on anybody else," he said. "I don't want to hang this on anybody."

Pearl has simply gotten the ball rolling, though. He was given the go-ahead to sign Reed and get him in uniform. Now it's up to Reed to walk the proverbial "straight and narrow" path. If it doesn't happen, Pearl said it wouldn't surprise him...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2014, 11:00:10 am
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  12 hours ago
"I hope we can sell this place out on Saturday. For all the fans down here in this part of the state, this will be a treat." Pearl on Xavier
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2014, 09:16:54 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  7 hours ago
First 1,000 fans at Xavier-Auburn game tomorrow at Auburn Arena will receive a Bruce Pearl bobblehead.

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2014, 07:48:47 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  2 minutes ago
Auburn beats Xavier 89-88 in double overtime. http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/12/live_college_basketball_update.html …

Bruce Pearl takes his jacket off and throws (sic) it on to the court as he high-fives folks on radio row.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2014, 03:45:17 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  21 hours ago

VIDEO - The @SECNetwork's Tony Delk and Dane Bradshaw discuss @coachbrucepearl's impact on @AuburnMBB: http://www.secsports.com/video/12059572/bruce-pearl-impact-auburn … #SEC
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2014, 07:38:55 am
Tim Cottrell @timcottrell7782  ·  11 hours ago
It's Texas Southern 44, Auburn 35 at the second media timeout of the second half. Shamsid-Deen and Bowers having off nights for AU.

Can anybody out there tell me the last time Texas Southern beat two Power 5 conference opponents in a row?

Auburn 61, Texas Southern 60, final

Jacqui Pearl @JacquiPearl5  ·  10 hours ago
What's a girl gotta do to get a win by 10+ points?! I'll take the W but my heart can't take the drama! #WarEagle
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2014, 11:58:43 am
Auburn Gold Mine @AUGoldMine  ·  13 hours ago

Energy and effort and defense, says Bruce Pearl, help Auburn top Middle Tennessee. New story: http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/122914aaa.html …

Defense carries Auburn to its fourth straight basketball win.

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2015, 05:05:43 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  2 minutes ago

AUBURN MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tigers look to close nonconference slate with 5th straight win http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_0f3da3ec-92d2-11e4-828a-930825beb145.html …

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The 2014 year ended on a high note for the Auburn’s basketball team, winning four of its seven games in December and currently riding a four-game winning streak...

“I think we continue to make progress,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “We have established an identity for ourselves defensively and we just have to continue to build.”

The last time Auburn won five straight games was in 2009. During that season between Feb. 25 and March 13, the Tigers took down Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, LSU and Florida. Also during that campaign, Auburn won seven straight from Dec. 6-Jan. 3.

Auburn won’t have much time for turnaround as it travels to Vanderbilt to open conference play. Vandy is 9-3 on the season and a perfect 8-0 at home. Following the game at Vanderbilt, Auburn returns home to face Missouri before traveling to Florida.

“I know how excited (North Alabama is) going to be to play us and obviously we have to try not to have any letdowns, trying to look ahead towards conference play,” Pearl said.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: choppedporkextrasauce on January 02, 2015, 08:28:49 pm
Pearl should never be allowed on a college court. Sleazebag.

Auburn has no shame.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: ChicoHog on January 02, 2015, 09:26:51 pm
I hope he doesn't win a conference game.  My least favorite basketball coach by far. 
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2015, 07:39:45 pm
Auburn mixed lineups, tried a few new things and got some much-needed experience for its bench.

Bruce Pearl, however, wasn't very pleased.

The 82-61 victory against North Alabama wasn't so much about the score Saturday as it was about getting these Tigers ready for the start of the SEC season. (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/01/auburn_mixes_lineup_beats_nort.html)

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We're not good enough for me to have to coach effort and tonight I had to," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "So, that's something that we have to address. It's a long season and what we do isn't very good unless we do it with great effort, great intensity and we didn't tonight. You have to honor the game, play the game with great consistency."

Auburn (8-5) trailed for most of the first half, but its starters got the game under control in the second half as the Tigers cruised to the victory in front of an announced crowd of 8,169 at Auburn Arena. The game against North Alabama, a Division II school, counts as an exhibition for the Lions.

"He wasn't pleased," Auburn guard KT Harrell said of Pearl's post-game speech. "We've got to get better. That's the bottom line."

Harrell finished with a game-high 25 points and four 3-pointers, and Cinmeon Bowers recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lions led by as many as nine points. The Tigers trailed for a total of 15 minutes.

"I don't know that our bench, with the exception of Malcolm (Canada), really stepped up," Pearl said. "Alex (Thompson) was OK. Alex can play better also."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2015, 12:04:40 pm
Vanderbilt 64, Auburn 52: Commodores spoil Pearl's SEC return

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Vanderbilt's strong rebounding and a balanced scoring attack spoiled Auburn coach Bruce Pearl's return to the Southeastern Conference. (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburn/2015/01/06/vanderbilt-auburn-commodores-spoil-pearls-sec-return/21373081)

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"When we don't play with that energy, getting after people and turning people over, then what we do is just OK," Pearl said. "I think our guys have learned that. Vanderbilt is a good team and they run good stuff."

The loss ended Auburn's five-game winning streak.

Auburn (8-6, 0-1) lost its 15th straight SEC road opener and 10th consecutive game to Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt enjoyed a 35-17 edge on the defensive glass.

Auburn's K.T Harrell, a Montgomery native who entered the game as the SEC's second-leading scorer (17.9 ppg), was held to eight points on 3 of 9 shooting as Vanderbilt's Jeff Roberson guarded him tightly.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2015, 02:50:09 pm
Auburn's rally comes up short as Vanderbilt drops Tigers in SEC opener (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/01/auburns_rally_comes_up_short_a.html)

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Bruce Pearl started an interesting lineup in this game with K.C. Ross-Miller at point guard and Malcolm Canada at forward, spots usually occupied by Tahj Shamsid-Deen and Jordon Granger. KT Harrell, Auburn's leading scorer, was held to two points in the first half and finished with eight.

History was not on Auburn's side, as the Tigers haven't topped the Commodores in Nashville since 2000. Their last SEC opener on the road came in 1984.

Auburn fell to 8-6 on the year with the loss, while Vanderbilt moved to 11-3.

"It was a game we could have had. You can't play that poorly in the first half and expect to win on the road.

"I've won three times in this building in the six tries prior. I'd say we trailed Vanderbilt 85 percent of those games and won three of them. That's just how it is. So when we were making a run in the second half, I really thought we were going to win the game." -- Auburn' Bruce Pearl

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Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2015, 10:44:25 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  8 hours ago
Auburn 'would be lost' without Cinmeon Bowers, says @coachbrucepearl http://ow.ly/H4VtZ
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Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2015, 08:05:55 am
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·  12 hours ago
Cinmeon Bowers powers Auburn past Missouri for first SEC win under Bruce Pearl http://s.al.com/kAzV4nj

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Cinmeon Bowers has been challenged all week.

By his coach, Bruce Pearl, who told Bowers he needed more out of his only post presence. By analysts on the SEC Network, who had said earlier this week that Bowers wouldn't be able to produce against Missouri's 6-foot-11, 270-pound center, Keanau Post.

Then Post took Bowers to the ground with a hard foul on a second-half breakaway. Playing in front of Charles Barkley, the standard for burly, undersized power forwards, Bowers erupted in a controlled second-half rage to lead Auburn to an 85-79 win over Missouri on Saturday night.

"When Post did that, I knew it was war time," Bowers said.

Bowers, a 6-foot-7, 278-pounder who arrived as the nation's No. 1 junior college transfer, is being asked to carry a load almost too heavy even for his broad shoulders to bear.

Working against a bigger, longer Missouri lineup, Bowers pulled down 11 rebounds in the second half, providing the muscle for an Auburn team playing in front of a nearly-packed house at Auburn Arena.

"He plays really hard. Not that we do not, not that everybody else does not, he just seems like he has another gear," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. "He played with an unbelievable amount of emotion tonight."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2015, 07:14:02 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2 hours ago
Auburn's Bruce Pearl believes SEC is 'stronger top to bottom' than previous years http://ow.ly/Hd7YX

Would know.

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"The conference, to me, looks stronger top to bottom than any time I was in the league," said the first-year Auburn coach, who previously led Tennessee for six seasons.

Twelve teams in the SEC sit in the top 100 of ESPN.com's Ratings Percentage Index, which differs from other RPI ratings.

"I've said from the very beginning of the season that we'd get five (in the NCAA Tournament)," Pearl said. "So what's it going to take? It's going to take five or six teams going based on the math and based on the eye test. What is the eye test? The eye test is Kentucky beating everybody by 40 and they go to overtime against Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Call it what you want. Kentucky is not point shaving; they are trying to win games. They are trying to dominate their opponents and they couldn't dominate two middle of the league SEC teams right now with Texas A&M and Ole Miss."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2015, 03:27:47 pm
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  4 hours ago

I’d like to welcome the students back and give out some Auburn swag, where should I go on campus for lunch? How's @ChickfilA right now!
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Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 11:44:50 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  16 minutes ago

Cheat sheet: #Auburn looking for first win at Florida since 1995 http://ow.ly/HnPlO

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AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  16m 16 minutes ago

Cheat sheet: #Auburn looking for first win at Florida since 1995 http://ow.ly/HnPlO

Florida is riding a 23-game SEC winning streak into this game, but Auburn's Bruce Pearl is 9-6 all-time against Gators head coach Billy Donovan. The Tigers, however, haven't won a game in Gainesville since 1995. Auburn appears to meshing at the right time, but pulling off this upset is easier said than done. Expect Florida's defense and rebounding to be the difference as the Gators aim for their 18th win in the last 19 games with Auburn...
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Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 07:42:52 pm
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  1 minute ago
Student section now chanting "Sweaty Bruce" for Auburn coach Bruce Pearl.

Chiozza 3-pointer puts Florida up 59-39. After Auburn cuts lead to 15, Gators answer with quick 5-0 run.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 08:27:06 pm
Edgar Thompson @osgators  ·  1 minute ago
"He outcoached me," Bruce Pearl said #Gators Billy Donovan.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2015, 10:58:44 am
Mark Long @APMarkLong  ·  15 hours ago

Bruce Pearl on Gators: "They're down this year? It's because people here are spoiled."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2015, 01:40:49 pm
Edgar Thompson @osgators  ·  17 hours ago

Tonight's #Gators win was Billy Donovan's largest margin of victory over Bruce Pearl in 14 meetings.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2015, 08:21:33 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  1 minute ago
Auburn leads USC 39-29 at halftime.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2015, 09:31:20 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  10 minutes ago
It's clear this Auburn basketball team FEEDS off the energy it gets from its home crowd. Tigers have a 20-pt differential on the road.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2015, 09:38:19 pm
Final from Auburn Arena

So. Carolina 68  Auburn 71
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Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2015, 09:53:39 pm
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  11 minutes ago
KT Harrell lifts #Auburn past South Carolina in front of raucous home crowd http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/01/auburn_south_carolina.html …

Bruce Pearl: "(South Carolina's) an NCAA Tournament team. That team will finish in the top five or six of our league."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2015, 09:20:06 am
Dana Sulonen @DanaSulonen  ·  11 hours ago

final: Mississippi State 78, Auburn 71.

Second-half surge not enough for Auburn after first-half drought dooms Tigers vs. MSU (via @DanaSulonen) http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_cf096a2e-a1f7-11e4-b5c5-2fa96bac4ce5.html …

Kim Hudson @kimberlybhudson  ·  11 hours ago
Love the "never quit" attitude of @AuburnMBB...and the suit and sneaker look of @coachbrucepearl and his staff. #WDE

Michael Bonner @MikeBBonner  ·  11 hours ago
Rick Ray emphasized play in the post vs. Auburn Cinmeon Bowers. Gavin Ware dominated inside with 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2015, 03:16:31 pm
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·  2 hours ago

'No chance' Auburn forward Matthew Atewe returns this season http://s.al.com/ipezsCb

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Atewe, who re-injured the fracture in his left leg that doctors repaired in the offseason during Auburn's exhibition win over West Alabama, initially had hoped he might return.

Doctors determined that the fracture, which took place near a steel rod placed in his leg in April, would not need surgery, but the leg isn't at a place where Atewe might return in the next two months.

"I don't see there's any chance he plays this year," Pearl said. "It's still a work in progress, but there's no chance he comes back this season."

Atewe initially tweeted in November that the injury would cost him the season, but at the time, Pearl wasn't willing to rule out a return.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 12:09:43 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  16 hours ago
Alabama is an 11.5-point favorite at home Saturday against Auburn, according to @TwitVI.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 04:28:43 pm
Bruce Pearl wants to grow basketball rivalry; 'there is no team I want to beat more than Alabama' (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/01/bruce_pearl_wants_to_grow_bask.html)

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Pearl knows exactly where he fits in the Iron Bowl of basketball, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Coleman Coliseum in the rivalry's first installment this season.

"You want to win them all, but there is no team I want to beat more than Alabama in the SEC, because I am Auburn's coach," Pearl said. "That's how I feel, that's how our fans feel."

Pearl, as he always has since taking over the Auburn rebuilding project in March, has a grand vision for the future of the Iron Bowl of basketball.

Tonight's game will be televised on the SEC Network.

No offense to the league's flagship television channel -- and no coach has been more vocal in support of the SEC -- but Pearl wants to make the Auburn-Alabama basketball rivalry as must-see as the football rivalry, which rarely strays off of a national audience.

"I'd like to try to think that in a couple of years this game could be on ESPN or CBS, as opposed to the SEC Network," Pearl said. "I've got to get our program to the point where it can be looked at that way. It's not right now."

Auburn (10-8, 2-3 SEC) has been a study in inconsistency in Pearl's first season...
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Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 09:32:57 pm
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Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  9 minutes ago
Here you go folks. #calminghandsofBowers RT @AuburnReddit: Vine video version of the Cinmeon massage:
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Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 09:44:33 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  1 minute ago
Randolph shot misses but Rodney Cooper is there to put it back in for the 57-55 lead on Auburn with 4.7 seconds left. Tigers needed that reb
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Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 09:46:29 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  11 seconds ago
Last play goes nowhere and Alabama holds on to beat Auburn 57-55 at home. That's a second-straight loss for Auburn in SEC play.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2015, 01:24:44 pm
Vince Ferrara @VinceSports  ·  15 hours ago
Anthony Grant w/blow-by handshake. Barely looked at him. Bruce Pearl seemed like he was expecting more. #AUBvsBAMA

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8KrgpjCIAASZTt.jpg:large)
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Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2015, 03:07:43 pm
Cecil Hurt @CecilHurt  ·  17 hours ago
Bruce Pearl taking time to shake hands with C.M. Newton in the Alabama press room. Classy gesture.

Pearl: "I've got great respect for Anthony. Wimp and Sonny were great friends and they went at each other."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2015, 03:09:53 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  17 hours ago
For those talking about postgame handshake: Just saw Bruce Pearl and Anthony Grant shake hands and chat briefly in hallway.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 26, 2015, 11:31:03 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  49 minutes ago

Bruce Pearl's Iron Bowl goal: Make Alabama-Auburn basketball relevant nationally http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/01/bruce_pearls_iron_bowl_goal_ma.html …

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Auburn rarely experiences success on the basketball court in Tuscaloosa.

The record is not pretty: eight wins and 47 losses. A 57-55 setback at Alabama in the final seconds Saturday didn't set well with first-year coach Bruce Pearl. Progress, however, appears to have been made in Pearl's first few months on the job.

The next step? Making this intrastate rivalry, which is at its apex in the football season, relevant on the national level during the basketball season.

"I've got to get our program up to a point where this game is worthy of being on ESPN and College GameDay is here," Pearl said Saturday. "It was great to have the SEC Network here and it was great to have those guys on the call, but I know coach (Anthony) Grant and I are working real hard to have that be a reality some day. I know I've got work to do to get there."

Auburn has plenty of work to do...
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Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2015, 09:40:59 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  3 minutes ago
Auburn's Malcolm Canada just walked away from the Tigers' bench after being pulled from the game & exchanging words with Bruce Pearl.


A&M 48,  Auburn 39  12:00 2nd in Auburn Arena
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Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2015, 11:54:03 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2 hours ago

Bruce Pearl, family ready for emotional return to Tennessee http://ow.ly/IdNeI

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The Auburn coach returns to Knoxville for what should prove to be an emotional reunion with Tennessee fans less than four years after administrators fired him following an NCAA investigation. Tipoff Saturday between the Tigers and Volunteers is set for 11 a.m.

"I don't know that I'm Dick Vermeil but I've got a little Dick Vermeil in me and I just can't help it," Pearl said, referring to the former NFL coach's penchant for the dramatic. "I'm sure before the game it'll be hard."

Thompson-Boling Arena is where Pearl rebuilt the Volunteers into a national contender with six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's first and only trip to the Elite Eight. It's also where he raised more than $1 million for charities, coached his son Steven, watched his children graduate high school and college, and spent countless hours preparing for and coaching games. In those six years Pearl produced a 145-61 record, three Sweet 16 appearances and an SEC title.

"Coaching, particularly for me, I am not very talented," Pearl said. "I've got to make up for that with work ethic and with a lot of hours. You're in Auburn Arena a lot, you're in Thompson-Boling Arena a lot and you're in the building at times when nobody else is in the building."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2015, 12:59:45 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  2 hours ago

Former Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton "did everything to save me," says Bruce Pearl. Hamilton opens up on BP: http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/01/bruce_pearl_family_ready_for_e.html …

Bruce Pearl: "People also ask the question: did you want to go back to Tennessee?"
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Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2015, 07:49:20 pm
Chris Low @ClowESPN  ·  10 hours ago
Bruce Pearl returns Saturday to Thompson-Boling Arena, a place he once thought would be his home forever. My column: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/12247978/with-auburn-tigers-bruce-pearl-makes-return-tennessee …

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"It was a special time and a very rare run," Pearl told ESPN.com this week. "Tremendous things happened in that building for me and my family, from Chris Lofton hitting that 3-pointer from the hash mark over Kevin Durant when we beat Texas, to my children's high school graduations and college graduations, to me and [wife] Brandy hosting "An Evening in Orange" and raising $1 million for the Cancer Institute at UT Medical Center."

That fundraiser, by the way, was held a month after Pearl was fired, further proof that he left a little piece of himself on Rocky Top. In fact, he and Brandy are scheduled to help with another charity event Friday night in Knoxville to benefit children with multiple handicaps.

"Just because you leave doesn't mean you forget," Pearl said. "We still have a lot of family and friends in Knoxville, a lot of people who supported us, and we still stay in touch. But I live in Auburn now, have a home in Auburn, and Auburn is home.

"I'm an Auburn man. There's no confusion there."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2015, 06:59:24 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  14 hours ago

Bruce Pearl today: "I don't know how the reception will be. Some will be booing and some will be Broo-ing."
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Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2015, 11:10:30 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  1 hour ago
Just like any other old game, right?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8sGfl-IIAAWWEK.jpg:large)

After his ESPN interview, Pearl gives high fives to the UT student section on his way off the court.

oVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  14 minutes ago
Bruce Pearl returns to Thompson-Boling Arena - #Photo Gallery http://ow.ly/IgCet 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8sXtvLCUAEmhPv.jpg:large)
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Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2015, 01:37:40 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  39 minutes ago
Auburn's Trayvon Reed ejected after flagrant foul at Tennessee http://ow.ly/IgPDe
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Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2015, 02:39:42 pm
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  37 minutes ago
Tyndall: "Our fans love Coach Pearl. I get that. I'm not insecure about that at all."

Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  46 minutes ago
Pearl said he didn't want to beat Tennessee more than any other team. Said he only routes for 2 league teams: Auburn and Tennessee.

Pearl manages to take credit for landing Jarnell Stokes in his presser. Out in California, Cuonzo Martin rolls his eyes.

Pearl a little teary eyed talking about the post game hug with his son and Tony Jones. Said the families went through a lot.

This is Bruce Pearl's first 4 game losing streak as a head coach.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2015, 12:31:02 pm
Scenes from Bruce Pearl's emotional return to Tennessee

The Auburn coach was reunited with friends and familiar faces Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee, where the Tigers lost 71-63 in front of a season-high crowd of 18,439 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

You can relive his emotional return in the photo gallery and in the stories and videos (at this link) (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/01/scenes_from_bruce_pearls_emoti.html)
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Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2015, 05:50:02 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  6 hours ago
Auburn's Bruce Pearl says confidence has been an issue during its 4-game losing streak, late game struggles. Been around since his hiring.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2015, 07:42:57 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  7 hours ago

Auburn improving, will have to 'wait longer' for more success, says Bruce Pearl http://ow.ly/IoguP

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Bruce Pearl needs more time.

The first-year Auburn coach is accustomed to quick turnarounds and success in his 20 years in the business, but it's proven to be a tad more difficult on the Plains.

Auburn (10-11, 2-6 SEC) fell below .500 with a 71-63 loss at Tennessee on Saturday. The Tigers sit in a tie for 11th place in the SEC, a full three spots below where the media picked the Tigers in a preseason poll.

"I'm trying to build a foundation," Pearl said Saturday. "We're doing the best we can with what we have. Our kids had a chance to win on the road. That's the second time we've been on the road in the SEC where we had a chance to win. We've got to make progress. We've made progress."

It's a season of firsts for Pearl, who took over a program that hasn't advanced to the NCAA Tournament since 2003. Auburn is 0-7 on the road under Pearl, who is also experiencing the first four-game losing streak of his career. He never suffered through such a stretch at Tennessee, where he led the Volunteers to six straight NCAA Tournament appearances before he was fired amid an NCAA investigation in March 2011. Pearl has also never experienced a losing season in his previous 19 years as a college coach.

Tennessee's roster, of course, was much stronger in Pearl's first season. The likes of Chris Lofton, a future consensus All-American, led a team filled with future pros. Auburn is improving, Pearl said, but more players are needed. A top-15 recruiting class is on the way and should help in 2016 and beyond...
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Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2015, 10:47:38 am
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  23 hours ago

So happy for legend Bill Raftery & @realgranthill33 selected as TV analysts for 2015 Final Four on @CBSSports & @TurnerSportsPR #onions


Standing in for former UNLV star Greg Anthony
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2015, 04:16:48 pm
Auburn looks to break 4-game slide at LSU (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/02/cheat_sheet_auburn_looks_to_br.html)

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Auburn has lost four straight games, which is the longest losing streak of Bruce Pearl's career. The Tigers are in danger of extending the streak to five games, as the Tigers enter this hostile environment and have yet to win a road games this season.

LSU was riding a four-game winning streak until it was snapped against Mississippi State. With just two wins in conference play, Auburn can make a big statement with a win against LSU, but it doesn't seem likely.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2015, 08:14:32 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  47 seconds ago
Auburn 81, LSU 77 (FINAL) | Auburn wins its first road game of the Bruce Pearl era. Big win. http://s.al.com/evgZqoL
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Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2015, 08:51:25 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  34 minutes ago
Auburn was a 10.5-point underdog at LSU. Auburn finally rewarded for hard-fought performances on road of late. Possible breakthrough.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2015, 12:56:07 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  17 minutes ago
Cheat sheet: Can #Auburn derail streaking #OleMiss at home? http://ow.ly/IFuEH

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Ole Miss men's basketball (15-7, 6-3 SEC) at Auburn (11-11, 3-6)

WHEN Tonight at 5:30 p.m. CT

WHERE Auburn Arena

TV SEC Network

Auburn snapped a four-game losing streak with the win over LSU Thursday night and now aims to win back-to-back SEC games for the first time this year. A sold-out crowd figures to play a factor as the Tigers are 9-3 at Auburn Arena this season.

Ole Miss is making its case for an NCAA Tournament berth. The Rebels are riding high after knocking off Texas A&M, one of the hottest teams in the SEC, and have four straight wins. Auburn owns a 73-55 edge in the all-time series with Ole Miss, but has lost the last five.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2015, 07:55:14 pm
randon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  1 minute ago
Auburn unable to knock off hot-shooting Ole Miss, loses 86-79 http://ow.ly/IFYcf
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Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2015, 10:30:34 am
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  14 hours ago

Bruce Pearl: "One of the things that makes Ole Miss a contender is that they don't drop off when they go to the bench."
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Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2015, 10:45:14 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  15 hours ago

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on Auburn crowd: "Obviously Bruce has them energized at an all-time level."

Game story updated with reaction from Bruce Pearl, Andy Kennedy and Antoine Mason: http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/02/auburn_unable_to_knock_off_hot.html …
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Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2015, 05:23:05 pm
Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  3 hours ago
Coach Pearl met the media on Monday to discuss Tuesday's game vs Arkansas (8 pm/ESPNU). Tix still available http://youtu.be/igBvxi5oKjw

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBgwaHR0cHM6Ly9pLnl0aW1nLmNvbS92aS9pZ0J2eGk1b0tqdy9ocWRlZmF1bHQuanBnFMAHFNAFABYAEgA&s=YaOyI3WdgKr5P-Ah3DWiDs83B_A6LaZStdSys62UFNI)

Pearl on Arkansas' defense: "They turn you over more than anyone in the league. … (&) I think they're so long it's hard to shoot over them."

Pearl on Ark.: "Our point guard play is going to be key, Tahj (Shamsid-Deen), KC (Ross-Miller), Malcolm (Canada), … going to be crucial."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2015, 11:35:41 am
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  24 hours ago

Bruce Pearl: "With the exception of Kentucky, there's not a team on our schedule we can't beat."
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Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2015, 01:42:50 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  18 hours ago

Auburn basketball seeking complete-game effort against No. 24 Arkansas http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_447a6934-b0c1-11e4-8a5e-97914041c5eb.html …

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“LSU was a great win, (but) it took career highs (from Antoine Mason and KT Harrell) and Cinmeon (Bowers)’s double-double,” Pearl said Friday following Thursday’s 81-77 win at LSU. “It took Tahj (Shamsid-Deen) not having any turnovers. It took an incredible effort (to get that win).

“There is a fine line there. We don’t have to be perfect to win, but we don’t have a large margin for error,” Pearl said Monday morning. “I think the thing our fans are seeing in Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and what they will see in Arkansas, is waves of players coming off the bench. That’s what it takes. You have to have that kind of depth. You understand that in football … you have to have that kind of depth to play in the SEC.

“You have to take it possession by possession. At the start of the second half (against Ole Miss), we did not have energy. That is something we can control. … Heavy minutes are a factor, but not an excuse,” Pearl said. “The second thing would be getting more contribution from the other guys. Can K.C. (Ross-Miller) give us more? Can TJ Lang give us more? Can Jordon (Granger) give us more?”
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2015, 09:14:44 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  1 hour ago
Late tip affecting attendance. Student section not full. Section behind basket is as bare as it has been. http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/02/live_updates_auburn_hosts_nati.html …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2015, 01:55:10 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  15 hours ago

Pearl on chippy game/technicals: "I'm not a big fan of it, but at the same time I'm not going to get pushed around." http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/02/arkansas_blasts_auburn_101-87.html …

Arkansas blasts Auburn 101-87 in marathon game plagued by fouls
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2015, 09:40:55 pm
Bruce Pearl: 'Whatever expectations were, the reality is the program was not in good shape' (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/02/bruce_pearl_whatever_expectati.html)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2015, 03:21:31 pm
Marc Weiszer @marcweiszer  ·  3 minutes ago
Final: Auburn 69, Georgia 68. Bulldogs fall to 16-8, 7-5 SEC. Gaines 18. A dent in postseason resume for now.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2015, 11:43:01 am
Bruce Pearl: Iron Bowl of the hardwood a 'must-win' (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburn/2015/02/16/bruce-pearl-iron-bowl-hardwood-must-win/23521965)

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"Right now (the win at Georgia) makes this next game a must-win situation," Pearl said. "It is a rival game for us, but now it gets us to .500. It keeps us in the loop for post season as far as being above .500. … If we beat Alabama, we are at .500. You have to look at the rest of the games and say can we somehow win half of these games?

"We need to build that foundation, make a mark and change the culture," Pearl said. "At the end of the season we can look back and say we did that a few times, but this is not the end of the season. You have to beat Alabama if you are going to be able to build that foundation.

"You have to be able to beat your rival."

Auburn vs. Alabama

WHEN: 8 p.m. today

WHERE: Auburn Arena, Auburn

RECORDS: Auburn (12-13, 4-8 SEC), Alabama (15-10, 5-7)

ON THE AIR: TV — ESPNU; Radio — WMSP-AM 740, WLWI-FM 92.3, WXFX-FM 95.1, WDXX-FM 100.1, WTLS-FM 10.6.5, WTLS-AM 1300

AUBURN LINEUP: G K.C. Ross-Miller (6-0, GS) 6.7 ppg.; G Antoine Mason (6-1, GS) 14.4 ppg.; G K.T. Harrell (6-4, Sr.) 17.8 ppg.; F Jordon Granger (6-5, Jr.) 4.7 ppg.; F Cinmeon Bowers (6-7, Jr.) 13.0 ppg., 10.8 rpg.

ALABAMA LINEUP: G Justin Coleman (5-10, Fr.) 4.8 ppg.; G Rodney Cooper (6-6, Sr.) 10.1 ppg.; G Levi Randolph (6-5, Sr.0 14.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg., F Jimmie Taylor (6-10, So.) 4.6 ppg..; F Shannon Hale (6-8, So.) 8.4 ppg..

NOTEWORTHY: After opening the year 9-1 at home, Auburn has lost four straight at Auburn Arena. The Tigers are coming off a 69-68 win at Georgia, their second straight road win, and the best road win for the program since 1999-2000...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 08:44:05 am
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  11 hours ago

FINAL: Alabama 79, Auburn 68. Crimson Tide sweep the season series in Bruce Pearl's first year on the Plains.

Pearl: "It's about as bad a game as we've played all season." Pearl takes credit for the loss, says it's on him for not having team ready.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Auburn falls to Alabama, Crimson Tide sweeps season series http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_5f72ecc6-b737-11e4-aabe-5b6c652fb171.html …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 09:36:55 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  10 hours ago

Sorry, Bruce Pearl, but it's still Anthony Grant's and Alabama's state. http://ow.ly/Jeyrh

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Scarblog: No Auburn basketball coach had beaten Alabama in his first year with the Tigers since Bill Lynn during the 1963-64 season. Lynn got it done on Feb. 29, 1964.

How long ago was that? Charles Barkley had just celebrated his first birthday nine days before...

Unless the Tide and Tigers meet again in the SEC Tournament, which seems as unlikely as either making the NCAA Tournament, Bruce Pearl won't end that streak...

Grant is now 3-1 against Pearl, including Pearl's time at Tennessee.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2015, 10:09:31 am
SportsWorld: ‘If you win, there’s always another job’
Bruce Pearl should be in coaching purgatory for NCAA transgressions. So how is he on Auburn's sideline? (http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/if-you-win-theres-always-another-job)

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His brilliance isn’t defined by turning a moribund Tennessee program into the nation’s No. 1 team... It goes beyond that he took the Vols to the cusp of the Final Four; or that he got Milwaukee into the Sweet 16; or that he made Southern Indiana into a Division II powerhouse.

All you need to know about Bruce Pearl is that, in 2015, he is coaching. And not as a superfluous assistant or at a remote program.

He’s at Auburn, an SEC school. He was the most significant hire of last year’s coaching carousel, one that included heavy-hitters like Buzz Williams, Cuonzo Martin and Steve Wojciechowski.

And it all happened despite the fact that Bruce Pearl has committed two coaching Cardinal sins and was hired while still serving the NCAA’s version of a jail time...

On June 14, 2010, Pearl and each of his three assistants — Shay, Steve Forbes and Tony Jones — were asked about the picture [of then high school junior Aaron Craft with Pearl and the wife of an assistant at Pearl's house] during an interview with Joyce Thompson [The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game], one of the NCAA’s lead investigators.

They lied, despite knowing almost a week prior to sitting down with the NCAA that the picture existed.

“Have you, and I apologize, this is a grainy photo that we received in our office, and I received this through e-mail just to let you know,” Thompson asked Pearl, according to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations sent to the university and obtained by the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “But, um, we received this picture and it purports to be you with Aaron Craft. Do you have any recollection of that incident or maybe where this picture was maybe taken from and …”

“That’s Aaron,” Pearl said. “That’s me. I don’t really know where that’s taken.”

“OK,” Thompson said. “Any place on campus but you don’t know?”

“Do you recognize the woman that’s in the picture?” Mike Glazier, Tennessee’s lead attorney, asked Pearl, referring specifically to Shay’s wife.

“No, I really don’t,” Pearl said.

“Coach,” Glazier asked, “Is that in your home any place?”

“No,” Pearl said.

After bowing out of the 2011 NCAA tournament with a 30-point loss to Michigan in the opening round, Tennessee fired Pearl.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2015, 10:40:32 am
 Bruce Pearl made quite an impression in his Rupp Arena debut in 2006. As a first-year Tennessee coach, he guided the Vols to a 75-67 victory over Kentucky, then celebrated by ripping off his shirt (think Incredible Hulk, only orange) and letting his happy players douse him with a cooler of sports drink.

Recalling the winning locker room moment, Pearl said he saw what was coming, carefully set aside his signature orange sports coat and then fumbled trying to remove his shirt and tie.

"I couldn't get it unbuttoned," he said Thursday. "Finally, I just ripped it off. Buttons flying everywhere."

After a pause, Pearl added, "You don't get a chance to win at Rupp very often. So when you do, you better celebrate." (http://www.kentucky.com/2015/02/19/3703590_pearl-returns-to-rupp-with-new.html)

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It was only Tennessee's second victory at Kentucky since 1979. There have been none since.

When asked if he again would rip off his shirt for another dousing should his first Auburn team defeat Kentucky on Saturday, Pearl chuckled for 10 seconds. Then he simply said, "Yeah."

Auburn hasn't beaten Kentucky at Kentucky since John Caylor (remember him?) hit a buzzer-beater in 1988. The Tigers haven't had a winning record in Southeastern Conference play since 2009, and there was only that one since 2000. Given that Auburn and Pearl are in the first year of a formidable rebuilding process, snapping No. 1 Kentucky's 26-game winning streak this season seems even more unlikely than a Jewish man from Boston becoming an athletic celebrity in the Bible Belt South. Twice.

Pearl, whose most famous moment as Tennessee coach came when he sat bare-chested in the student section for a Lady Vols' game, does not embrace the persona of master promoter. Marketing was his major at Boston College, but twice he deflected questions about why he chose that field of study.

"I just don't like when it's billed as some kind of P.T. Barnum thing," he said. "It's not. ... Everybody thinks it's about marketing or showmanship. It's about commitment."

Like UK Coach John Calipari (another marketing major), Pearl actively supports charities. A golf outing last year raised $250,000 — $200,000 more than the previous year — for Children's Harbor in Birmingham.

Pearl also spoke at Camp War Eagle, a multiday orientation for freshmen at Auburn. "I coached them up," he said. "I challenged them to take advantage of Auburn."

But the tag of marketer/promoter/showman sticks. Mike Strange, a columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, noted that Pearl worked as a mascot as a student at Boston College. "It just comes natural to him," Strange said.

Bob Kessling, the radio play-by-play man for Tennessee, recalled Pearl's introductory news conference as UT's coach. When the questions and responses ended, Pearl went to Kessling and asked, "When do we go out and start selling? Don't we have to go out and sell advertising?"

Kessling, who covered the news conference live for the Vol Network, said, "He was ready to go out that day and sell advertising."

Pearl famously got up on chairs at UT cafeterias to urge students to support the team. He made former stars such as Bernard King and Allan Houston feel welcome again. He saluted another coach who won and made winning fun at Tennessee, Ray Mears...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2015, 10:02:07 pm
It’s good to have Bruce Pearl back (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2015/02/20/its-good-to-have-bruce-pearl-back/#more-78363)

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Welcome back, Bruce Pearl. We missed you, you big orange guy you.

The former Tennessee coach returns to Rupp Arena on Saturday might when his Auburn Tigers take on No.1-ranked Kentucky, a stiff challenge Pearl himself admits his first-year team is probably not ready to tackle.

We don’t care about all that. We’re just glad to have Hypeactive Bruce back in the good ol’ SEC, back where he’s a passionate voice for the sport of basketball, where he knows how to sell a program, where he can entice fans at a football school to be interested in basketball.

Look at SEC basketball in Alabama. At Alabama you have Anthony Grant, who may be a good basketball coach, but he has not personality has never shown a willingness to sell the program. His media dealings are almost painful. It’s not that Grant is obstinate, it’s just that he has no interest in the back-and-forth with the media that helps build a following.

Pearl is the exact opposite. He calls questioners by name. He tries to answer the question. Sometimes, he even gives more than he’s asked to give. Some may think that’s calculating, or fake, but when you’re trying to sell a product at place where the product has not been all that popular, you have to put yourself out there. Pearl has never been afraid to put himself out there.

It’s good to have him back here, back in the league, back at Rupp.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: choppedporkextrasauce on February 21, 2015, 02:33:24 pm
what a suck up story for a sleazebag coach. The SEC is diminished by having this thing back in coaching.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2015, 08:46:30 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  8 minutes ago
Bruce Pearl reaction after 110-75 loss at No. 1 Kentucky: http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/02/no_1_kentucky_demolishes_aubur.html …

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"We did not defend, we did not compete," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said on the postgame radio show. "Disappointed in that.

"My gosh they just smashed us," said Pearl, "and they had 62 points in the paint."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2015, 11:44:23 am
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  24 hours ago

Auburn's Bruce Pearl: "I don't think I relish the spoiler's role … I'd like to see (the SEC) get 5-6 teams in (to the NCAA tournament)."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2015, 08:51:36 pm
Alex Byington @AUBlog  ·  59 minutes ago
FINAL: LSU 84, Auburn 61. Auburn loses 6th straight at home by getting manhandled in the lane, LSU outscoring AU 52-18 on pts in the paint.

Bruce Pearl: "It's frustrating and disappointing. … I thought the effort was better than against Kentucky, but the performance wasn't."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2015, 09:13:00 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  31 minutes ago
Pearl on 6-gm losing streak at home: "If these teams are on our schedule earlier this season, we would've lost them" http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/02/lsu_blasts_auburn_84-61_auburn.html …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2015, 09:55:54 am
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  Feb 23

I’m headed to Momma G’s for lunch today, @AUJungle you’re invited and your meal is on me! See you there at 12pm.


This is the kind of thing that will endear the students to the head coach.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2015, 08:48:26 am
Only 48 years old. Far too young. His era in the NBA was part of the prime of my youth with basketball.

http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=12397807

His son had a big game for Auburn against Kentucky last week.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2015, 08:55:02 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  6 minutes ago
Auburn's Antoine Mason leaves team as father, Anthony, dies at 48 http://s.al.com/a31r9Wb

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Antoine Mason left the Auburn basketball team on Thursday to return to his father's side, according to a team spokesman. The Tigers play at Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Anthony Mason had been in a New York hospital trying to recover from multiple surgeries stemming from a heart attack suffered in early February.

The change in Mason's condition came suddenly. Earlier this week, Antoine Mason had been told his father was getting better in frequent phone calls home, although Anthony has been unable to speak since suffering the heart attack.

The elder Mason had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month, according to ESPN.

Antoine Mason, who scored 29 points in Auburn's loss to Kentucky last Saturday, was the Tigers' second-leading scorer at 15.1 points per game. When his father suffered the initial heart attack in the days surrounding Auburn's loss to Arkansas on Feb. 10, Antoine left the team to be by his father's side for several days, returning in time to score nine points against Georgia three days later.

Until his health deteriorated, Anthony Mason was a fixture at Auburn games, standing in the tunnel entrance to watch his son play...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2015, 01:10:18 pm
Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  4 hours ago
Prayers going out to our brother @Antoine_Mason and his family during this very difficult time You made your Dad proud. #Mase @AuburnMBB
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2015, 10:48:56 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  8 minutes ago
Bruce Pearl: Texas A&M 'first class' for helping Auburn honor Anthony Mason http://ow.ly/JMcJE
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 11:09:32 am
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·  Feb 28

Bruce Pearl targeting Birmingham for neutral-site games, pairing up Auburn and Alabama for event http://s.al.com/sieroWJ

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Bruce Pearl wants to make Auburn basketball a statewide product.

And he's not afraid to take the show on the road to do it.

Pearl is actively trying to schedule more games in Birmingham, not only a revival of the Auburn-UAB series of the 80's and 90's, but also as a potential landing place for neutral-site games aimed at fans in the Birmingham area and Auburn fans in north Alabama.

"We have a fan base that would come to Birmingham that is in Birmingham that will not come to Auburn and those in north Alabama," Pearl said Friday in a chat about scheduling. "We have Florence and Huntsville. Fans in the northern part of the state that would really support a trip to Birmingham."

An unabashed fan of neutral-site games, Pearl has actively ramped up Auburn's scheduling in only one season with the Tigers, and he's still looking for another marquee non-conference game for next season.

Bigger picture, though, and down the road, Pearl wants to have a presence in the city of Birmingham. Unlike his predecessor, Pearl spent most of his May last spring following Gus Malzahn around on Tiger Trek tours, and the experience convinced him that he could make Auburn basketball a statewide commodity.

"You have seen those "State of Auburn" shirts, we are everywhere," Pearl said, referencing shirts worn by the football team.  "We have got to be able to recruit Huntsville, we have got to be able to recruit Birmingham, we have got to be able to recruit Montgomery and Mobile, and we have to be able to recruit this state. I think it is important to take the show on the road."

One other possibility? Partnering with Alabama for a neutral-site doubleheader in Birmingham against a pair of schools from another state like Michigan, North Carolina, California or others...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2015, 10:25:25 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  26 minutes ago
Final: Missouri 63, Auburn 61.

Auburn's TJ Lang says Auburn had trouble hearing the play calls because of the crowd noise. Haven't really heard that at Mizzou Arena lately

Pearl says he thought Harrell was fouled twice on Auburn's final possession

Pearl: "Our kids haven’t quit. Kim’s team hasn’t quit."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2015, 07:11:09 am
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  9 hours ago

"We played hard, but the things that have been getting us all season long got us at the end." -- #Auburn's Bruce Pearl

Bruce Pearl: "I apologize to our fans about the record.. These guys are playing hard & haven't quit. There's something to be said for that."

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2015, 07:09:39 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  12 hours ago

Watch Auburn players react to Bruce Pearl's fro on Throwback Thursday http://ow.ly/JZCvC

(http://imgick.al.com/home/bama-media/width620/img/auburnbasketball_impact/photo/17184755-mmmain.jpg)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2015, 09:16:05 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  5 minutes ago

Auburn has to be basketball fan base of the year in support of Bruce Pearl and his struggling Tigers. http://ow.ly/K0XvP

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Scarblog: How about fan base of the year?

Georgia fans would be eliminated from consideration because they needed a cheat sheet of rules on how to cheer when No. 1 Kentucky rolled into town Tuesday. That stunt reinforced the negative stereotype that, outside the Bluegrass, SEC fans don't know what to do with themselves between the bowl games and spring games.

This season's college basketball fan base of the year: Auburn.

Supporters of the Tigers have been vocal and loyal. They've showed up and turned down ... for what?

For a team that's 13th in the 14-team SEC at 12-18 and 4-13. For a team that's 2-6 at home in the SEC, has lost its last six conference home games and hasn't won a home game in the conference since Jan. 17.

"Even some of the games they've lost, it's been a much better product to watch than it's been the last few years," Charles Barkley said. "We've got to get some better players, and I have great faith in Bruce, but I will tell you this: This team is a lot better to watch. They hadn't been a lot of fun to watch the last few years. I really have enjoyed watching them."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2015, 05:22:19 pm
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·  5 minutes ago
Auburn comes up short in 64-61 loss to Georgia in home finale http://s.al.com/GDG9Qse

Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  35 minutes ago
Thank you to the 9,121 fans for filling #Auburn Arena this afternoon - our fourth sellout of the season! #WarEagle
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2015, 05:45:30 pm
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·  22 minutes ago
Bruce Pearl taking pictures with fans as they leave Auburn Arena https://instagram.com/p/z8dwEhOHqd/
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2015, 07:36:45 pm
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  ·  13 minutes ago
Disappointed by finish, Bruce Pearl thanks Auburn fans, turns eyes to SEC Tournament http://s.al.com/QgikWsX

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In the aftermath of Auburn's loss to Georgia, Bruce Pearl was an easy man to find.

After shaking the Bulldogs' hands, Pearl and his team left the court to a standing ovation from Auburn fans, and then the Tigers' first-year coach made a beeline for the doors.

Pearl spent the next 15 minutes to half an hour shaking hands, taking pictures and thanking a fan base that gave Auburn its fourth sellout of the season on Saturday despite a disappointing 12-19 regular-season finish.

"Our fans have been seeing this all year long. ... They were hopeful for more, and yet I do think they are appreciating the way we are competing," Pearl said. "Last year, in the last home game, there might have been 2,000 people here for Tennessee. Today there were 9,000."

From what Pearl can tell, those fans remain optimistic about his chances to turn the program around despite a first season that finished with seven straight home losses and a 13th-place finish in the SEC.

"People left, and they said good luck in Nashville," Pearl said. "With the exception of Kentucky, there is not a team there that we can't beat. We have to go up there and try to shock the world."

Auburn (12-19, 4-14 SEC) will play 12th-seeded Mississippi State at 6 p.m. in a game televised by the SEC Network.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 07:56:25 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  8 hours ago
Pearl says MSU not a great matchup: "They were able to separate themselves from us the first time and pretty significantly."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2015, 01:31:09 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  30 minutes ago

Hope remains high for Auburn basketball as Tigers get ready to wrap Bruce Pearl's first season http://s.al.com/AUywJbW

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Auburn enters its SEC Tournament game against Mississippi State on Wednesday night with two fewer wins overall and two fewer wins in the SEC than the same point of the season last year.

"We used the words all year long that we were trying to avoid disaster this year," Pearl said before Auburn's season finale last Friday. "Whether or not it was a disaster is up to your opinion. We certainly didn't win as many games as we would of liked to, but it could have been a lot worse."

Pearl inherited a roster last March that brought back just two players, KT Harrell and Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who could really be considered key building blocks going forward. At the time, neither Jordon Granger or Malcolm Canada had been much more than a little-used backup. 

Finding players to fill the roster was no simple task, either. Pearl was still serving the final months of a three-year show cause from the NCAA, and to top that off, the hot and heavy portion of basketball recruiting had already long been finished...

"Back in April, when we had what we had then, before KC., Cinmeon (Bowers), Antoine, and Kareem, in a lot of ways we scrambled and worked to at least be competitive," Pearl said.

"It is tough to be ending the season without a lot of success," Pearl said. "The support has been great, both in the stands and privately. I have not beat up these kids because it is not all their fault. The Auburn family hasn't beaten us up because they recognize our effort, and they see the hope."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2015, 08:21:59 pm
randon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  3 minutes ago
And it only takes Bruce Pearl a few minutes to jump on SEC Network set and get mic'd up to discuss win, sell his program.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2015, 10:55:14 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  14 hours ago

Auburn's Bruce Pearl on rematch w/ Aggies on Thursday: "They didn't just beat us, they dominated us. By 10 at home and 25 on the road."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2015, 05:40:40 pm
Tom Green @AUBlog  ·  43 minutes ago

Twice as many outfits as I packed. RT @jzenor: Pearl says he brought 4 suits to Nashville. He's a fashion horse and an optimist.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 11:06:21 am
Scott Scroggins @ScrogginsNoggin  ·  16 hours ago
KT Harrell's 635 points this season are the sixth-most ever scored in a season in #Auburn history. #WarEagle
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 11:38:34 am
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  15 minutes ago
Auburn's lineup just a tad undersized against Kentucky

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 11:40:56 am
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  17 hours ago
#Auburn's Jordon Granger discusses the scuffle that got him ejected against LSU: http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/03/jordon_granger_ejected_from_au.html#incart_story_package …

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 11:54:16 am
Tom Green @AUBlog  ·  7 minutes ago
Cinmeon Bowers has been suspended for today's game. Pearl was made aware of a potential rules violation following yesterday's game.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 12:05:30 pm
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  15 minutes ago
Auburn's lineup just a tad undersized against Kentucky

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Had to sub in a guard for Bowers.

Tom Green @AUBlog  ·  14 minutes ago
Devin Waddell apparently getting the start in Bowers' place.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: Imminent Rueage on March 14, 2015, 12:08:35 pm
I wish Bruce Pearl would fall down and break his mouth.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 12:09:05 pm
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  15 minutes ago
So the Cats are 6 inches taller at PG, 5 inches at SG, 6 inches at SF, 8 inches at PF and 7 inches at center...

Replacement starter Devin Waddell has twice as many fouls (28) this season as points (14)...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 06:54:17 pm
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  2 hours ago
'The foundation is laid,' says Bruce Pearl after 1st season at Auburn | http://ow.ly/Kl4uy

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 15, 2015, 08:22:57 am
More than 150 Auburn fans welcomed the Tigers back home following a four-day run at the SEC Tournament.

The Tigers (15-20) won three games in as many days to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals, where No. 1 Kentucky (33-0) knocked off the short-handed Tigers 91-67 to keep its perfect record intact.

Auburn traveled back from Nashville to Columbus, Georgia in a plane and then rode back home to Auburn in a charter bus.

Coach Bruce Pearl was not with the team when they arrived back home. He stayed in Nashville to serve as an analyst for ESPN... (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/03/auburn_fans_welcome_tigers_hom.html)
Title: Shameful
Post by: AWHAWG on March 15, 2015, 09:03:44 pm
Why do we have to listen to an active coach in the same conference break down our team and mugg for recruits during what should be our prime time! His team lost! Go home Pearl and shut up. This should not be allowed. It is an unfare recruiting advantage.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: jfred59 on March 15, 2015, 09:05:50 pm
Cheater just like Cal
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: Swinesong1 on March 15, 2015, 09:15:37 pm
ESPN is looking out for one of their own.  Vitale blatantly said it was a chance to recruit. 
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: ThisTeetsTaken on March 15, 2015, 09:16:00 pm
Why do we have to listen to an active coach in the same conference break down our team and mugg for recruits during what should be our prime time! His team lost! Go home Pearl and shut up. This should not be allowed. It is an unfare recruiting advantage.
What did he say?
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: AWHAWG on March 15, 2015, 09:28:02 pm
What did he say?
the fact that he was on during our game yesterday taking about recruiting, and then today breaking down another coach when he should have his mugg hi front of a TV like everone else. It's bad enough listening to Vitale drool over Kentucky's point are during live play as our freshman point guard scores in the paint just shameful.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: Jamie Jones on March 15, 2015, 09:32:44 pm
They are killing college basketball with the Kentucky love fest. Every highly ranked recruit is going to want to go to Lexington because Calipari has made it know that he doesn't care about academics, as long as you can play and win basketball games. It's about how much money he can make off of those players for a couple of seasons. It is shameful, but it's the world we live in.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: SamBuckhart on March 15, 2015, 10:01:23 pm
Why do we have to listen to an active coach in the same conference break down our team and mugg for recruits during what should be our prime time! His team lost! Go home Pearl and shut up. This should not be allowed. It is an unfare recruiting advantage.
The water boys a cheetah.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: tusked on March 15, 2015, 10:05:32 pm
remember KY players don'w have to go to class.  They've set up an online class room area so they just dial in and watch class. How do you even know who's watching the lecture and who's taking the test?

how about if all 105 members of the razorback football team didn't go to class but set up their own online warehouse.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: Danny J on March 15, 2015, 10:12:13 pm
remember KY players don'w have to go to class.  They've set up an online class room area so they just dial in and watch class. How do you even know who's watching the lecture and who's taking the test?

how about if all 105 members of the razorback football team didn't go to class but set up their own online warehouse.
I was wondering the same thing.....we all know those prima-donna's are too good to go to class like the peasant students. It is a mockery of college athletics. The NBA needs to institute something like the NFL has or allow them to come out right after HS.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: tusked on March 15, 2015, 10:15:40 pm
It's a fricken SEC/NCAA thing......how about KIDS go to class.  It's not that hard.  Give them all a vespa but go to class.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: code red on March 15, 2015, 10:19:47 pm
Total BS that's what but....he needs all the help he can get...Auburn is a bad intermural team this year.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: huck on March 15, 2015, 10:36:11 pm
remember KY players don'w have to go to class.  They've set up an online class room area so they just dial in and watch class. How do you even know who's watching the lecture and who's taking the test?

how about if all 105 members of the razorback football team didn't go to class but set up their own online warehouse.

LOL, why go to class, the grade is all ready paid for.   

Seriously, do you all really believe that our players don't go to regular classes.  I have thought for a long time now the you were just whining and making up everything you can think of.... but now I'm not so sure.

For you that don't know, Cal has never been caught cheating, our players go to regular classes - and attend or Cal will not let them play(they get reports every day), we have only had one that quit going to class after he declared for the draft (Daniel Orton).

Several of the succede-and-proceed players, come back to take summer classes.  The new recruits can play summer pickup games with $100 million dollar < 25 year old basketball players.  UK and players are under a microscope 24/7/12.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: TheRazorbackGuy on March 15, 2015, 10:45:38 pm
LOL, why go to class, the grade is all ready paid for.   

Seriously, do you all really believe that our players don't go to regular classes.  I have thought for a long time now the you were just whining and making up everything you can think of.... but now I'm not so sure.

For you that don't know, Cal has never been caught cheating, our players go to regular classes - and attend or Cal will not let them play(they get reports every day), we have only had one that quit going to class after he declared for the draft (Daniel Orton).

Several of the succede-and-proceed players, come back to take summer classes.  The new recruits can play summer pickup games with $100 million dollar < 25 year old basketball players.  UK and players are under a microscope 24/7/12.


Razorback fans here want excuses bcuz we have 2 star recruits coming off our bench and they are envy that Kentucky has 5 star McDonald's All Americans on Kentucky's bench. I'm a little jealous of it myself but I don't cry and moan about it like most on Hogville do.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: 870hogfan on March 15, 2015, 11:03:19 pm

Razorback fans here want excuses bcuz we have 2 star recruits coming off our bench and they are envy that Kentucky has 5 star McDonald's All Americans on Kentucky's bench. I'm a little jealous of it myself but I don't cry and moan about it like most on Hogville do.


Way to bash our current players.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: -Blu on March 15, 2015, 11:36:26 pm
Why do we have to listen to an active coach in the same conference break down our team and mugg for recruits during what should be our prime time! His team lost! Go home Pearl and shut up. This should not be allowed. It is an unfare recruiting advantage.

You read my mind.  Does he still work for ESPN as well or something he was all over our game, before and after.  He even had the nerve to try to try to tell CMA what strategy he needed to beat Kentucky.  He should have gave his own team a strategy to beat us when we blew them out in their own gym. 

You beat Miss State, TAM without their best player, and LSU with a hurt Mickey, and suddenly you got all the answers....
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: Rawker on March 15, 2015, 11:37:27 pm

Way to bash our current players.

Yeah no doubt....why don't you make like a tree....and get outta here.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: -Blu on March 15, 2015, 11:45:45 pm
LOL, why go to class, the grade is all ready paid for.   

Seriously, do you all really believe that our players don't go to regular classes.  I have thought for a long time now the you were just whining and making up everything you can think of.... but now I'm not so sure.

For you that don't know, Cal has never been caught cheating, our players go to regular classes - and attend or Cal will not let them play(they get reports every day), we have only had one that quit going to class after he declared for the draft (Daniel Orton).

Several of the succede-and-proceed players, come back to take summer classes.  The new recruits can play summer pickup games with $100 million dollar < 25 year old basketball players.  UK and players are under a microscope 24/7/12.

Everybody knows Cal is not as squeaky clean as KY fans try to make him out, you can try to sugarcoat it anyway you want.  I don't know about their classes or if they do or don't go, but where there's Cal there's shady stuff going on, and that's a documented fact.  It's not a coincidence you get 2 final 4's vacated at 2 locations after you leave.  What are the chances of that?  Has that every happened to anybody else?  That's like you being in 2 different banks at 2 different times while they are being robbed and your friends with the different set of bank robbers that got caught, and say you had nothing to do with it.  You may have a good alibi and technically get away with it, but doesn't mean everybody is going to buy your completely innocent. 
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: What's Shakin' Macon on March 15, 2015, 11:50:04 pm
Anyone else remember Dino Gaudio's major crush on Pearl when we played them in Auburn this year? Never liked Gaudio as an announcer anyway, but wow that was hard to stomach.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: TheRazorbackGuy on March 16, 2015, 12:13:02 am

Way to bash our current players.

Never mentioned any player by name. I'm saying the recruiting isn't up to par amongst the elite teams in the NCAA. We have one McDonald's All American. We need more blue chip recruits. Its not bashing it's the truth. Star players win championships. And you must recruit stars and not system guys.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: AWHAWG on March 16, 2015, 12:34:46 am

Razorback fans here want excuses bcuz we have 2 star recruits coming off our bench and they are envy that Kentucky has 5 star McDonald's All Americans on Kentucky's bench. I'm a little jealous of it myself but I don't cry and moan about it like most on Hogville do.
I accept and am proud of the students we have. I cannot stand watching our game with the face of Pearl using our PT hawking for recruits for his team.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: TheRazorbackGuy on March 16, 2015, 12:38:53 am
I accept and am proud of the students we have. I cannot stand watching our game with the face of Pearl using our PT hawking for recruits for his team.

As sad as it is. Recruiting is extremely important and you would do the same thing if you were in Bruce Pearl's shoes
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: AWHAWG on March 16, 2015, 01:00:20 am
As sad as it is. Recruiting is extremely important and you would do the same thing if you were in Bruce Pearl's shoes
i just saying that it should not be allowed period. Regardless.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: huck on March 16, 2015, 01:32:46 am
Everybody knows Cal is not as squeaky clean as KY fans try to make him out, you can try to sugarcoat it anyway you want.  I don't know about their classes or if they do or don't go, but where there's Cal there's shady stuff going on, and that's a documented fact.  It's not a coincidence you get 2 final 4's vacated at 2 locations after you leave.  What are the chances of that?  Has that every happened to anybody else?  That's like you being in 2 different banks at 2 different times while they are being robbed and your friends with the different set of bank robbers that got caught, and say you had nothing to do with it.  You may have a good alibi and technically get away with it, but doesn't mean everybody is going to buy your completely innocent.
Tell me all about it, don't worry about the sugar - just spit it out.  Since everybody knows... shouldn't be a problem for you. 

Now, I know about the two times: one, a player took things from an agent (what was it? money, jewelry, girls/favors.  I dont believe that Cal would have instigated him getting things that all could see)

and the second; the NCAA clearing house decided, after he had been approved by them, accepted into school, went to class .... that his entrance exam may be wrong (they are not sure and had no prof) ... then they come out with, even though you made the grades - your entrance exam, taken before separate from this school, (that helps determine if you are smart enough to pass classes) does not appear to be correct .... we take it away, implying that he was not smart enough to go to school and pass classes.

So give me the 411 on some of the shady things.  You might want to help me out a little with the bank robbery stuff, I couldn't tie that in.  I'm like most everyone else in the US, dumb, compared to the smart ones. 
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: WarPig88 on March 16, 2015, 01:50:29 am
Tell me all about it, don't worry about the sugar - just spit it out.  Since everybody knows... shouldn't be a problem for you. 

Now, I know about the two times: one, a player took things from an agent (what was it? money, jewelry, girls/favors.  I dont believe that Cal would have instigated him getting things that all could see)

and the second; the NCAA clearing house decided, after he had been approved by them, accepted into school, went to class .... that his entrance exam may be wrong (they are not sure and had no prof) ... then they come out with, even though you made the grades - your entrance exam, taken before separate from this school, (that helps determine if you are smart enough to pass classes) does not appear to be correct .... we take it away, implying that he was not smart enough to go to school and pass classes.

So give me the 411 on some of the shady things.  You might want to help me out a little with the bank robbery stuff, I couldn't tie that in.  I'm like most everyone else in the US, dumb, compared to the smart ones.

You are naive. Team managers were on record saying that Cal and the rest of the UMASS coaching staff were fully aware of the relationship between their player and the agent. The agent would literally pick the player up from practice. Cal continued to use the player with full knowledge that he was likely ineligible.

Coaches are also aware of recruit eligibility issues. Cal looked the other way on Rose even though it wasn't likely that he would make his test score.

You probably still believe Sean Sutton didn't help Eric Manuel cheat on his ACT and that Eddie had no idea that recruits were being given money.

LOL!
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: Westcoasthog on March 16, 2015, 02:10:47 am
    I agree with Vitale, Pearl had a chance to recruit.  Why was he allowed on
during the Arkansas - Kentucky SEC Championship Final?
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: pigture perfect on March 16, 2015, 02:39:47 am
remember KY players don'w have to go to class.  They've set up an online class room area so they just dial in and watch class. How do you even know who's watching the lecture and who's taking the test?

how about if all 105 members of the razorback football team didn't go to class but set up their own online warehouse.
rename them the University of PHEONIX at Lexington.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: MountieDawg on March 16, 2015, 06:45:47 am
i just saying that it should not be allowed period. Regardless.

Every year in the NCAAT once prominent coaches lose they put them on TV for analysis. Brett Bielema was on TV this past year doing the same thing in football. But it's far more beneficial for a coach to be in the Final Four than on TV talking about it.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: Kevin on March 16, 2015, 06:50:05 am
If the media likes you, you get perks. 
Didn't cbb get to go to cbs one of the off weeks, and talk about the sec game. I think at the time we still had 0 wins in the league
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: popcornhog on March 16, 2015, 07:55:05 am
They are killing college basketball with the Kentucky love fest. Every highly ranked recruit is going to want to go to Lexington because Calipari has made it know that he doesn't care about academics, as long as you can play and win basketball games. It's about how much money he can make off of those players for a couple of seasons. It is shameful, but it's the world we live in.

Calipari has made it known that he doesn't care about academics? What did he say? As of last year Kentucky had like a 950 APR since Calipari took over. He even had a perfect 1,000 a couple of years ago.

Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: popcornhog on March 16, 2015, 07:57:40 am

Razorback fans here want excuses bcuz we have 2 star recruits coming off our bench and they are envy that Kentucky has 5 star McDonald's All Americans on Kentucky's bench. I'm a little jealous of it myself but I don't cry and moan about it like most on Hogville do.

I agree 100%. I hate that our fan base is so whiney about UK. It makes us look pathetic.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: Hog Fan from Camden on March 16, 2015, 09:06:37 am

Razorback fans here want excuses bcuz we have 2 star recruits coming off our bench and they are envy that Kentucky has 5 star McDonald's All Americans on Kentucky's bench. I'm a little jealous of it myself but I don't cry and moan about it like most on Hogville do.
Says the troll with an over 2500 smite count!
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: AWHAWG on March 16, 2015, 10:52:02 am
Says the troll with an over 2500 smite count!
Again-Why do we have to listen to an active coach in the same conference break down our team and mugg for recruits during what should be our prime time! His team lost! Go home Pearl and shut up. This should not be allowed. It is an unfair recruiting advantage.
Networks should not be allow to do this and just like coaches cannot talk about recruits publicly, they should not be allowed this type of gratuitous gift from networks.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: k.c.hawg on March 16, 2015, 11:09:11 am
What is worse about Pearl is the guy just came to Auburn with a show cause from the NCAA. He was not allowed to recruit his first off season at Auburn because of illegal contact with recruits at Tennessee and then lying to the NCAA. But it's almost like the NCAA gives him a big kiss and allows him to insert himself into the biggest SEC basketball show of the year. If he wanted to have his mug plastered all over the TV during the SEC Championship he should have had to win his way there.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: -Blu on March 16, 2015, 11:14:27 am
Tell me all about it, don't worry about the sugar - just spit it out.  Since everybody knows... shouldn't be a problem for you. 

Now, I know about the two times: one, a player took things from an agent (what was it? money, jewelry, girls/favors.  I dont believe that Cal would have instigated him getting things that all could see)

and the second; the NCAA clearing house decided, after he had been approved by them, accepted into school, went to class .... that his entrance exam may be wrong (they are not sure and had no prof) ... then they come out with, even though you made the grades - your entrance exam, taken before separate from this school, (that helps determine if you are smart enough to pass classes) does not appear to be correct .... we take it away, implying that he was not smart enough to go to school and pass classes.

So give me the 411 on some of the shady things.  You might want to help me out a little with the bank robbery stuff, I couldn't tie that in.  I'm like most everyone else in the US, dumb, compared to the smart ones.

Warpig88  broke it down pretty well, you can view his response.  And as far as the bank robbery comparison it was just my way to throw some humor in there, to basically say just because you have an "alibi" doesn't mean your innocent. 

And you KY guys are hilarious, y'all act like vacating 2 final fours at 2 different locations is normal.  And several coaches have that on their record.  Only Cal does.  If that happens that either means 1. Your a cheater or 2. Your completely naive and have no idea what's going on with your players.  And Cal doesn't strike me as a guy that likes to be left out of the loop.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: MountieDawg on March 16, 2015, 11:41:00 am
Calhoun has 3 national championships and was banned from post season twice, he actually had a booster pay recruits and was caught.

Jim Boeheim has to post season bans, academic issues, paying players and let his assistant take 10 to 12 year old kids that he was not related to to travel with the team and share a room with the assistant to be abused.

Dean Smith and Roy Williams have fake classes that do not exist for their players to take. Plus  The NCAA report said other boosters gave graduation gifts to outgoing players, a fact that individuals within the athletic department were aware of, including former basketball coach Roy Williams.

Coach K kept a player on the team for a year with 2 sexual assaults until he was not happy with his play this year. Plus for more info on Duke cheating read this:  http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/20290116/will-coach-k-duke-skate-again-yes-unless-the-heat-stays-on-blue-devils

John Wooded's players went to UCLA for the high pay.
http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=dw-uclalegacy040206

Steve Fisher was a great cheater at Michigan.

Bryce Drew Baylor.... Tons of evidence.

I could go for days...
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: AWHAWG on March 16, 2015, 11:49:26 am
What is worse about Pearl is the guy just came to Auburn with a show cause from the NCAA. He was not allowed to recruit his first off season at Auburn because of illegal contact with recruits at Tennessee and then lying to the NCAA. But it's almost like the NCAA gives him a big kiss and allows him to insert himself into the biggest SEC basketball show of the year. If he wanted to have his mug plastered all over the TV during the SEC Championship he should have had to win his way there.
^^^^^^^^^^This!!!
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: rzrbkf4n on March 16, 2015, 12:16:06 pm
There is nothing wrong with Bruce Pearl flapping his gums on TV. His Auburn team still stinks.

We will get recruits by our actions on the court and I'm not worried about losing any to Auburn.

Is there Kentucky bias? Sure. But they have a pretty good history.

Once the hogs roll off another title the conversation will shift.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: GoHogs1091 on March 16, 2015, 12:26:38 pm
I am just not that impressed with Bruce Pearl.

Rick Ray out coached Pearl when MSU and Auburn played during the regular season, and Pearl was fortunate to have won against MSU in the SEC Tournament.  The only reason why Pearl won against MSU in the SEC Tournament is because of K.T. Harrell (his playing last week you will only see from someone in the SEC Tournament every 8-10 years).
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: billmontgomery10 on March 16, 2015, 10:55:21 pm
As sad as it is. Recruiting is extremely important and you would do the same thing if you were in Bruce Pearl's shoes

Mike Anderson wouldn't have, neither would Nolan.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: HawgnCorona on March 16, 2015, 10:58:23 pm
ESPN is looking out for one of their own.  Vitale blatantly said it was a chance to recruit. 

Yes he did...
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: ROBLYNNM on March 16, 2015, 11:05:54 pm
Yes he did...
Help Auburn with recruiting....Ashley Judd trash our team via twitter and on National media today....I will still place my bets on Mike Anderson and his ability to continue to build a great, competitive team.   
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: What's Shakin' Macon on March 17, 2015, 01:42:13 am
I am just not that impressed with Bruce Pearl.

Rick Ray out coached Pearl when MSU and Auburn played during the regular season, and Pearl was fortunate to have won against MSU in the SEC Tournament.  The only reason why Pearl won against MSU in the SEC Tournament is because of K.T. Harrell (his playing last week you will only see from someone in the SEC Tournament every 8-10 years).
So if Aubie beats MSU, it's because of players. If MSU beats Aubie, it's because of coaching..... got it.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: WardamnHOGGLE on March 17, 2015, 06:27:04 am
Pearl is a good coach, but he sure does act like a circus clown.  I didn't think it was cool at all having that blow hard on either. :puke:
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: BorderPatrol on March 17, 2015, 06:45:55 am
As sad as it is. Recruiting is extremely important and you would do the same thing if you were in Bruce Pearl's shoes

Why you are still allowed, or why you even want to post here, is beyond me.

Better posters have been banned for much less than the drivle you spew.

bp
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: jimmur74 on March 17, 2015, 07:03:00 am
Yeah no doubt....why don't you make like a tree....and get outta here.
Yeah no doubt....why don't you make like a tree....and get outta here.

Its leave biff. "make like a tree and leave"
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: hoghiker on March 17, 2015, 07:31:48 am
I agree 100%. I hate that our fan base is so whiney about UK. It makes us look pathetic.
You truly are deluded if you think Arkansas fans are the ones leading the charge against Kentucky. Might want to pick up the Rolling Stone that lays it all out there. RS isn't what it use to be but its still a national media outlet that is more  relevant nationally than Arkansas fans.
Title: Re: Shameful
Post by: HotlantaHog on March 17, 2015, 08:45:00 am
The camera loves Bruce Pearl. Some coaches have a charisma that attracts the camera to them, some don't. Bruce Pearl has it ... in any game Auburn is in vs. another team, 75% of the coaching shots will be on Pearl. He's a good show.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2015, 09:52:56 pm
Auburn Basketball @AuburnMBB  ·  Mar 20
Missed seeing @coachbrucepearl this morning on @MikeAndMike? Have no fear, he's on @SportsCenter at 10:40 and 11amCT

Bruce Pearl @coachbrucepearl  ·  Mar 20
Wish I was in town this weekend. The #AuburnFamily needs to go support @Auburn_Softball & @Auburn_Baseball  as they have big SEC home series
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2015, 06:40:46 pm
Josh Ward @Josh_Ward  ·  5h 5 hours ago
First-time caller to @sports180 offered to start a telethon to pay the $5 million buyout to #BringBackBruce to Tennessee.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 07, 2015, 06:51:41 am
 AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  18h 18 hours ago

Auburn's Bruce Pearl believes Avery Johnson a 'great hire' for Alabama http://ow.ly/LfWCS

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Pearl and Johnson worked as analysts at ESPN up until their hirings at Auburn and Alabama, respectively. Pearl led Auburn to a 15-20 record, including a three-win march through the SEC Tournament, in his first season.

"Avery is a good man and a great coach," Pearl said. "He'll be a great addition to the league and to the state of basketball in Alabama. I say that wishing that Anthony Grant was still the coach because Anthony did a really good job. And as a member of our coaching profession we hate when guys who do a good job can't keep their job. At the same time we probably need to do better than good to be able to keep a job like Alabama, so I understand that. It's a tough, tough situation to be in. We've added some great coaches to the league and I think the results are going to be that the league is going to continue to get better."

Some believe Pearl's hiring at Auburn in March 2014 is what sparked the recent big-name hirings.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2015, 12:48:04 pm
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  11 hours ago

Auburn's @CoachBrucePearl lands top 15 signing class: Meet the new Tigers | http://ow.ly/LFXCo 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCsV0qgUMAAdHLD.jpg:large)

TJ Dunans, New Williams, Danjel Purifoy and Bryce Brown
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2015, 09:14:56 am
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  11h 11 hours ago

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl will visit 2016 G @Iam_RawleAlkins on Wednesday, per source. Alkins added a VCU offer today.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl will also be in to see 2016 IMG Academy SF Jonathan Isaac @jisaac_01, per his coach
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Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2015, 09:41:04 am
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and asst Chuck "The Rifleman" Person were at IMG Academy yesterday to see 2016 SF Jonathan Isaac @jisaac_01
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Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2015, 08:50:45 am
 Carter Wilson @CarterTuck  ·  13h 13 hours ago

Bruce Pearl and an assistant are both checking out former Tennessee commit Romello White of Stackhouse Elite.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2015, 05:48:49 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  4h 4 hours ago
Just noticed Auburn's Bruce Pearl here in Lexington for the first time this weekend. I know he spent a lot of time at Under Armour in Lville
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Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2015, 02:44:39 pm
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  32m 32 minutes ago

Auburn's Bruce Pearl is the latest to offer 6-8 2016 PF Tyrique Jones of Vermont Academy
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Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2015, 07:46:54 am
 AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  7h 7 hours ago

Bruce Pearl dresses up as Taylor Swift in lip sync battle http://ow.ly/McWfO

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Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2015, 03:50:07 pm
 Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  1h 1 hour ago

Alex Thompson is transferring from Auburn, source told ESPN. Sophomore forward.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2015, 07:29:23 am
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  32m 32 minutes ago

Providence transfer @Tyler25Harris visits Auburn this weekend after Ga Tech & Iowa State last weekend
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Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 08:16:37 am
 Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  13h 13 hours ago

Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers shedding weight, 'good to go' following suspension, says Pearl | http://ow.ly/MCFaI 

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Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2015, 09:14:29 am
Leah Pearl @leahapearl  ·  May 5

Twins it's scary @coachbrucepearl

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Post by: jbcarol on May 09, 2015, 09:19:24 am
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  17h 17 hours ago
Auburn's @CoachBrucePearl addresses roster turnover, expectations for Year 2 | http://ow.ly/MIFDv 

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Since Auburn's basketball season ended with a 15-20 mark in March, two forwards have left the program -- Matthew Atewe and Alex Thompson.

During a Tiger Trek stop in Atlanta Wednesday, Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl told AL.com each player made the decision to leave on their own.

"Both of those guys, it was their choice," Pearl said. "In my history, 20 years as a head coach, I can hardly remember more than a time or two where I had a hard conversation with a student-athlete and spelled out the challenges of being able to contribute the following year. Some people call it running off, but I don't run people off. I just flat out don't and I never have."

...

"I understand both cases and scholarships are precious. Having those scholarships back to continue to grow and develop the program, it's a win-win. I hope everyone we have comes back."

Auburn capped a top 15 signing class with the signing of four-star power forward Horace Spencer, who is ranked as the No. 62 overall player.

"We have six or seven new players and it's a complete roster readjustment again, but the program is in a position I feel really good about the class who is coming in," he said. "I think this is a group that can compete in the middle of the league. If you're in the middle of the league, you can be in the bubble. If you're in the bubble you can be in the tournament."

The Tigers haven't made the Big Dance since 2003, the longest drought in the SEC.

"Next year, that's what our goals are — to be a tournament team," he said. "I feel like we have a better roster to do that. We've got a lot of work to do. When you bring that many new people together, it will have it's challenges, but there's more pieces to work with so I'm excited about it."
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Post by: jbcarol on May 11, 2015, 10:57:54 am
 Bruce Pearl retweeted
RegionsTradition @RegionsTrad  ·  May 9

Hey @coachbrucepearl - how excited are you to be playing in the RT #CelebrityProAm? @AuburnTigers @AuburnMBB

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Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2015, 04:20:18 pm
 Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Look who is here to watch @Auburn_Softball at Super Regional.

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Post by: jbcarol on May 27, 2015, 07:03:10 am
Bruce Pearl may not use all 13 scholarships at Auburn next season (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/05/bruce_pearl_may_not_use_all_13.html)

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Auburn has one scholarship available heading into the summer, but don't expect the Tigers to burn it just for the sake of adding a body on the bench.

Auburn forward Jack Purchase, the third frontcourt player to leave the team, was allowed to explore transfer options last week. Auburn will have 12 players on scholarship heading into the summer. The NCAA's scholarship limit is 13.

"I think at this point we very well may keep that scholarship open," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "You know, you're always out there looking to improve your program."

Pearl added fifth-year transfer Tyler Harris to the roster last week. The former Providence star has enrolled and attended classes Tuesday at Auburn.

Purchase's departure was "a little bit of a surprise," Pearl said, but Auburn plans to pocket the additional scholarship and use it in the future.

"There are some good classes that are coming up in (20)16 and '17 that we might look to," Pearl said...
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Post by: jbcarol on May 27, 2015, 03:47:45 pm
 Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  May 25

Meet point guard @NewWilliams_ , Auburn's California import who carries big dreams | http://ow.ly/NpoZH 

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New Williams will arrive on campus this week with big dreams for his career as an Auburn basketball player.

"I want to win an NCAA championship and come out of Auburn a better player and a better point guard," the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder told AL.com. "I want to come out of Auburn ready for the NBA with the feeling that those years were the greatest years of my life. I have no doubt that's what it's going to be."

Williams will be new to the South, having grown up in Inglewood, California, before moving to nearby Santa Monica for high school. He held offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego State and Tulsa, among others.

He has been to Auburn just once, but it wa$ enough to end his recruitment.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 01:18:56 pm
Auburn Basketball ‏@AuburnMBB 4m4 minutes ago

.@coachbrucepearl announces staff changes: Chuck Person - Assoc. head coach / @CoachToddGolden - Asst. Coach / @StevenPearl22 - Dir. of Ops
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 01:20:13 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 19h19 hours ago

Bruce Pearl wanted Kentucky as 1 of 3 permanent SEC rivals on schedule. That didn't happen. Story: http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/05/auburns_3_permanent_sec_oppone.html …

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Two rivals and one former SEC West foe have been set as Auburn's permanent conference opponents next season.

The Tigers will play Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss twice next season.

"It's a group our fans will enjoy seeing twice a year, competitive programs," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "We asked for Kentucky but so did everybody else in the league. I think it'll help continue to add to the rivalry and it's got a good balance to it."
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Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 01:37:07 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 7m7 minutes ago

Auburn assistant Tony Jones resigns from Bruce Pearl's staff http://ow.ly/NCfW9
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Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2015, 07:00:09 pm
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik Jun 29

Auburn's Bruce Pearl said team is still in middle of rebuilding process with first full recruiting class.

Auburn lost quite a few seniors, most notably guard KT Harrell.

Pearl said Auburn will sell out every season ticket in the preseason this year. Said Tigers will have ambitious schedule.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2015, 07:29:47 pm
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 11h11 hours ago

Slimmed-down @CinmeonBowers5 aiming to cap Auburn career 'with a bang' | http://ow.ly/OYXjq 

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Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 02:27:26 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 2h2 hours ago

Auburn point guard undergoes knee procedure http://ow.ly/P3aee

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http://Auburn point guard New Williams underwent a minor surgery in June to remove a lesion from his knee.

Williams, who underwent ACL surgery in 2014, had a Cyclops lesion removed from the surgically-repaired knee and will miss the remainder of on-the-court workouts this summer, coach Bruce Pearl told AL.com Wednesday.

"Dr. (James) Andrews performed his magic and we're going to get New back at the start of the first semester with a healthy knee," Pearl said.
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Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 03:10:47 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog Jun 30

As Year 2 begins, Bruce Pearl says Tigers ‘still in the rebuilding process’ http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_3a240c40-1f59-11e5-afe0-07be590586dc.html …

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Year 1 set the tone for Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. The Tigers unexpected run to the SEC Tournament semifinal after a lackluster regular season then laid the foundation for the future of the program.

Year 2 is still a rebuild for the Tigers, though. Pearl made that much clear on Monday morning.

“We’re definitely still in the rebuilding process with our first full recruiting year under our belt,” Pearl said during the SEC men’s basketball summer teleconference. “I’m really excited about our class and how hard they’ve been working in the summer to come together as a group.”

Auburn welcomes seven scholarship newcomers to the fold this coming season, including a five-deep freshman class that features highly touted four-star power forward Horace Spencer. The Tigers also welcome Providence graduate transfer forward Tyler Harris — who averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for the Friars — and will get the services of guard Kareem Canty, who sat out last season after transferring from Marshall.

All of that help will be needed after Auburn graduated four senior guards from last year that made up about 65 percent of the team’s scoring during the 2014-15 campaign. That includes the loss of All-SEC second-team selection KT Harrell, who led the league in scoring last season at 18.5 points per contest, as well as K.C. Ross-Miller, Malcolm Canada and the team’s second-leading scorer Antoine Mason.

“The newcomers are all long and athletic, and we want to be able to play a little bit faster,” Pearl said. “It’s a good group.”
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Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2015, 08:43:30 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 13h13 hours ago

Auburn's attendance increase under Bruce Pearl ranks 2nd nationally http://ow.ly/Pg6SN

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Largest average attendance increase

1. NC State, +2,795
2. Auburn, +2,002

Auburn averaged 7,825 fans per game, an increase of 2,002 fans compared to Tony Barbee's final season (2013-14) as head coach.

Auburn recorded sellouts in the 9,121-seat arena in four of its 17 home games. The Tigers sold out its allotment of season tickets for the season.

Pearl's contract calls for a $50,000 bonus if Auburn sells out half of its home games.

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Post by: kaki on July 07, 2015, 08:58:02 am
Talk about perfect fit; Pearl and Auburn, style over substance and by any means necessary!  I find it interesting that Auburn's football and basketball programs seems to be a haven for reclamation projects and transfers.  I guess their motto should be modeled after the old Tony Blake television show, "if you can't do the time (at Auburn) don't do the crime.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 28, 2015, 08:27:13 am
AL.comVerified account@aldotcom

Watch BrucePearl get emotional about his journey to #Auburn in this deeply personal interview http://ow.ly/QaNMB 

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When Bruce Pearl sat down to shoot the latest episode in AL.com's [For Real] series, he didn't know what the goal of the piece was and he hadn't been told the questions I would ask.

As a matter of fact, I had never met Bruce Pearl before, so when he walked into the room and I explained that we would be focusing less on the current state of Auburn's basketball program and more on the stories and situations that led him to "the loveliest village on the Plains", I wasn't quite sure how enthusiastic he would be.

I now realize that I could have told him we were going to run a marathon and he would have given 110%.

During the interview process, I learned two things about Bruce Pearl:

The first is that Bruce Pearl's energy and enthusiasm know no bounds. He's a guy who talks fast and walks faster, who gets up before dawn with an uncanny level of energy and determination that stems from, as he told me, "a healthy sense, and fear, of failure."

The second is that it's unlikely you'll ever to meet a more passionate individual ... and the passion that Bruce Pearl brings to the table is exactly what Auburn's basketball program needed...
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Post by: jbcarol on July 30, 2015, 02:35:55 pm
Bruce Pearl on his time at Tennessee: ‘I ran a clean program’

Specifically, he made it clear that his one mistake shouldn’t change the fact that he and his staff ran a clean program while in Knoxville. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/29/bruce-pearl-on-his-time-at-tennessee-i-ran-a-clean-program)

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“The decision that we made, I had about 100 people at my house on a Saturday after a Florida football game, and about 96 of them were allowed to be there,” Pearl said. “We had three committed kids that really couldn’t have been there, shouldn’t have been there. I let them come and just said, ‘Don’t say nothing to nobody about what a good cook I am.'”

“The great devastation for me is when I lied. No matter whether I came back a week or two later and tried to tell the truth, didn’t matter. I made that mistake. I had to own that. That’s probably the biggest thing, I let so many people down. Its not so much what we did. I ran a clean program. We did a lot of things really, really right, but we made a mistake and paid a huge price.”
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Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2015, 10:19:00 pm
Gonzalo Bedia Diaz. ‏@gonzalobedia 7h7 hours ago

@AdamZagoria Former Ohio St PG AARON CRAFT, last season un D-League with SC Warriors, will play in Hungary (Szolnoki Olaj) next season #OMG
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Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2015, 09:24:59 pm
Auburn Basketball ‏@AuburnMBB Aug 5

Bruce Pearl Family Foundation partners with L5 Foundation to donate $20,000 #WarEagle http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/080515aaa.html …

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Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2015, 04:49:01 pm
Auburn and head coach Bruce Pearl made a major statement on Sunday as five-star shooting guard Mustapha Heron pledged to the Tigers ... 6-foot-5 Heron is a powerful scoring guard and he’s the most talented player that Pearl has landed at Auburn since his return to coaching. Heron is currently regarded as the No. 19 overall prospect in the Rivals 2016 national rankings. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/16/auburn-lands-commitment-from-five-star-guard-mustapha-heron)
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Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2015, 05:39:39 pm
https://twitter.com/coachbrucepearl/status/634002078914998273
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2015, 01:06:15 pm
https://twitter.com/WesleySinor/status/633958409751105536
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2015, 08:17:20 am
https://twitter.com/WesleySinor/status/634437361036840960

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"Competing for the upper division places us in position to be able to make the postseason," Pearl said. "We will be preseason picked anywhere from there all the way to ninth or 10th. Being in the upper division would be a great goal and a great step. This team is good enough to do better, but out of respect for the competition in the rest of the league, that's what I'm going to say."

The Tigers finished next to last in the SEC last season with a 4-14 conference mark, but pulled upsets over Mississippi State, Texas A&M and LSU at the SEC Tournament in Nashville to finish 15-20 overall.

Auburn loses four guards off of last year's team. KT Harrell was the league's leading scorer with 18.5 points per game. Antoine Mason, who averaged 14.4 point per contest, is also gone, along with K.C. Ross-Miller and Malcolm Canada.
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Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 03:07:41 pm
https://twitter.com/CinmeonBowers5/status/636213291384217600
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Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2015, 09:33:25 am
https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/638328395953238017
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Post by: jbcarol on September 26, 2015, 09:04:37 pm
Evan Daniels
‏@EvanDaniels
Austin Wiley, Scout's No. 13 player in 2017, breaks down commitment to Auburn | Story: http://scouthoops.scout.com/story/1591672-five-star-austin-wiley-commits-auburn …

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Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2015, 09:11:21 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 20m20 minutes ago

#Auburn opens basketball practice with renewed optimism: http://ow.ly/SXvuc 

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Auburn men's basketball team held its first official practice of the 2015-16 season Friday night as head coach Bruce Pearl aims to bounce back from a 15-20 mark last season.

"I thought it was competitive," said Pearl, now in his second season on the Plains. "I think the interesting thing is going to be where we're going to go from here. We have a nice foundation built, we're competing, how quickly can I move with seven new players? That will be the challenge over the next month."

Among the newcomers are transfers Tyler Harris and Kareem Canty, who are both expected to compete for starting jobs at forward and point guard, respectively.

Pearl's highly-touted freshman class, which ranked 19th nationally by 247Sports, includes the top-ranked JUCO prospect T.J. Dunans, elite forwards Horace Spencer and Danjel Purifoy as well as guards Bryce Brown and New Williams.

"Ask me in a couple weeks how much this young group grows," Pearl said...
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Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2015, 09:48:38 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 2h2 hours ago

BLOG: Danjel Purifoy's status still unclear as Auburn opens hoops practice - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2015/10/02/purifoys-status-still-unclear-auburn-opens-practice/73244524/ …

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Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2015, 01:18:54 pm
Auburn is projected to have Pearl’s first three recruiting classes be ranked in the Top 20  (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2015/10/10/bruce-pearl-producing-historic-recruiting-auburn/73760114)

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Since the recognition was started in 1977, Auburn has had two McDonald’s High School All-America selections (Frank Ford in 1983 and [the late] Korvotney Barber in 2005) In the 110-year history of Auburn basketball no coach has ever had two on the same roster. Pearl has the chance to do that with the Tigers 2017-18 roster with the commitments of Mustapha Heron and Austin Wiley.

“When you talk about Auburn basketball brand, I don’t know what that is yet,” Pearl said. “We don’t have a buzz. What we have is the ability and opportunity to find kids to build that brand.”
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 16, 2015, 12:31:47 pm
Auburn basketball lands commitment from 4-star Georgia PG Davion Mitchell (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/10/auburn_basketball_lands_commit.html)

https://twitter.com/hoopculture13/status/654778437240930304
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2015, 02:10:26 pm
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 3h3 hours ago

Auburn fans will receive actual "Pearl Jam" at Thursday night's pep rally @AuburnMBB

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2015, 09:12:52 am
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 6m6 minutes ago

Chatting with Bruce Pearl of @AuburnMBB now. #SECMBB

Bruce Pearl on #SEC basketball: "It's fast, it's athletic, it's physical and it's on the rise."

Pearl: "As far as Auburn students are concerned, it's our responsibility to give them something to cheer about."

Pearl: "I really appreciate how hard our kids played last year. I welcome higher expectations."

Pearl: "With only four scholarship players returning, there's an awful lot on the coaching staff to get this team ready to play."

Pearl: "Cinmeon Bowers dropped about 25 pounds and is playing faster and more under control."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2015, 06:01:15 pm
https://twitter.com/AuburnMBB/status/657375694431891456
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2015, 06:33:19 am
 Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 14h14 hours ago

Greetings from Auburn. Here for Tigers' practice. Year two of the Bruce Pearl era.

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Auburn's Tahj Shamsid-Deen (shoulder) could miss the next month, Bruce Pearl told @CBSSports. Potential starter. Averaged 6.1 PPG in 14-15

Story: http://cbsprt.co/1N9le8z

Danjel Purifoy is Auburn's most talented player. And it's not close. Freak athlete with a tight handle. Can play point forward in a pinch.

SEC-nugget: Auburn's best lineup may be a dual PG attack with Kareem Canty off the ball. But will Tigers have two healthy point guards?

Bruce Pearl with a minimum of three new starters in year two. Could be four if Tahj Shamsid-Deen is out. Tough sledding in non-conference?

New Williams could be the sleeper in Auburn's recruiting class. 6-2 lefty has deep range. Effortless shooter. Could be valuable versus zone.

Early prediction on Auburn's starting five: Kareem Canty, T.J. Dunans, Danjel Purifoy, Tyler Harris, Cinmeon Bowers.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 05, 2015, 07:07:03 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 14m14 minutes ago

Bruce Pearl talks about Auburn's strong finish to last season, the state of the SEC, and more. A Q & A @CBSSports: http://cbsprt.co/1NRAVzE

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CBS Sports: You've been able to secure the commitments of several elite prospects here at Auburn. What's the pitch to these players when you're trying to sell a program that doesn't boast a rich basketball tradition?

Pearl: We can't talk about Charles Barkley and Chuck Person. We can't talk about Sonny Smith and Cliff Ellis. We can't talk about Chris Porter. There are some that definitely stand out, but right now the biggest pitch is when it comes to intercollegiate athletics Auburn is a big time place. We've got big time football. Our softball program was in the final three -- golf is number one in the country right now. We've got a big time athletic program and that's what I'm selling. We've got all the facilities -- the best dorms in the country. We've got Dr. James Andrews -- the finest orthopedic surgeon in the country. We don't have a cafeteria -- we've got a wellness kitchen. It's unbelievable.

But on the basketball court, we've got me, my system and my relationships with the players. I coach them hard and I love them hard and I've got The Rifleman (associate head coach Chuck Person). I've got a guy that was on Gregg Popovich's bench and Phil Jackson's bench. He won two rings. He coached Kobe Bryant...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2015, 07:07:11 am
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 9h9 hours ago

Auburn holds off hot-shooting Indianapolis in overtime http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/article_a2d555f6-843e-11e5-82a0-e7d8a3ef26e5.html …

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Bruce Pearl warned his team about Indianapolis. Auburn’s second-year coach wasn’t just providing lip service, either.

It took everything Auburn had — and then some — to avoid an upset at the hands of the feisty Division II program in the team’s preseason finale at Auburn Arena. The Tigers staved off a hot-shooting performance from the Greyhounds, Kareem Canty sank four free throws to ice it late, and Auburn defeated Indianapolis, 114-109, in overtime on Thursday night...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2015, 09:11:57 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 13h13 hours ago

Auburn's Bruce Pearl on eligibility of forward Danjel Purifoy: “there is nothing new”. Currently he isn't eligible to play vs. UAB Friday.

Pearl confirms during 'Tiger Talk' that the issue w/ Purifoy is with his ACT score. NCAA Eligibility Center working with ACT Testing Center.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl: UAB probably has "the most talented roster in the state of Alabama."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 12, 2015, 02:13:38 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 49m49 minutes ago

One of the biggest recruits in #Auburn basketball history has signed on the dotted line – Mustapha Heron http://ow.ly/UzRtF
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2015, 10:52:56 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea  18m18 minutes ago
Final: Auburn 75 UAB 74

This is 10th sellout in Auburn Arena history. Bruce Pearl has 5 in 18 home games, all in last 9. It took Tony Barbee 47 games for 5 sellouts

Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 06:48:54 am
https://twitter.com/WesleySinor/status/665387038305361920
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 08:18:31 pm
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor  22h22 hours ago
Final stats for Auburn / UAB http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/11/live_updates_auburn_hosts_uab.html …

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2015, 04:01:19 pm
Fran Fraschilla ‏@franfraschilla 5h5 hours ago

Heading to Auburn for Colorado matchup as part of ESPN's 24-hour Tip-off Marathon Tuesday. Marshall transfer, PG Kareem Canty, can play.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2015, 09:06:42 am
https://twitter.com/RyanABlack/status/666349858245201920
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2015, 05:35:18 pm
Twitter Time Lapse:

John Zenor ‏@jzenor 3 hours ago

That basketball school Auburn is putting on a pretty good show. Canty has 19, Auburn leading Colorado 44-29, 3:47 1H

John Zenor ‏@jzenor 2 hours ago

Auburn has gone really cold here, trailing 79-68, 7:10 left. Sean White limps off the bench, a la Willis Reed back in the day.

Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 1 hour ago

FINAL: Auburn falls to Colorado, 91-84, after leading by 15 in first half. Tigers now 1-1 on the year.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2015, 08:13:20 pm
Dana Sulonen ‏@DanaSulonen  2h2 hours ago
Bruce Pearl in the house. Shaking hands and kissing babies.

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2015, 03:01:32 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 6h6 hours ago

AMRT: T.J. Dunans leads on both ends of the floor to power Auburn past Georgia Southern
http://bit.ly/1I5kCe7 

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T.J. Dunans was a threat on both ends of the floor for Auburn on Friday.

The junior college transfer tied for a team-high with 15 points and added five assists, three blocks, two steals and a rebound to help fuel a 92-62 Auburn trouncing of Georgia Southern at Auburn Arena.

"I thought he was a hard cover," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "That's the kind of stat line I think that you can look for T.J. Dunans. He's sort of a stat sheet stuffer."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2015, 04:34:31 pm
Player's Coach:

Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  Nov 25
Bruce Pearl is giving players the rest of today and Thanksgiving off. Players need to be back tomorrow night before Friday game vs. NW State
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2015, 03:59:46 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  22h22 hours ago
Auburn looking to build off strong defensive effort vs. Northwestern State http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/auburn-looking-to-build-off-strong-defensive-effort-vs-northwestern/article_c69cbe5a-946c-11e5-8da7-a30fb8f08d49.html …

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Auburn (2-1) is hoping to feast in a different sense on Friday when it hosts Northwestern State (1-4) at 7:30 p.m. at Auburn Arena. Following a strong second-half defensive effort in last week’s win against Georgia Southern, the Tigers are looking to build off that defensively against the Demons.
“We guarded throughout the possession, and I hope we can build on that,” Pearl said Wednesday. “Georgia Southern was one of those games I wish we played another one right afterwards because it was something to build on, and a week later, I hope we can still build on it defensively.”
Auburn played lights-out defensively in the second half against Georgia Southern last week. The Tigers limited the Eagles to just 31.1 percent shooting for the game, largely due to a lockdown defense during the final 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 08:19:54 am
 Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 11h11 hours ago

FINAL: Auburn eases to a 119-81 win against Northwestern State

Bruce Pearl says he's "really concerned" for TSD, who will likely see Dr. James Andrews this weekend while he's in town for football

 Jay G. Tate ‏@JayGTate 10h10 hours ago

Bruce Pearl on Tahj Shamsid-Deen’s shoulder: “I’m really concerned."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2015, 01:23:28 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 1m1 minute ago

Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen out 10-14 days with shoulder injury http://ow.ly/VhFnK 

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2015, 07:25:18 pm
https://twitter.com/AuburnMBB/status/671393929821032448

https://twitter.com/coachbrucepearl/status/671483130428174336
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 02, 2015, 09:58:50 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor Nov 30

Bruce Pearl on Coastal Carolina: "They're not as good as they were a year ago." http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/11/live_updates_auburns_bruce_pea_1.html …

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-- On playing at Coastal Carolina, coached by former Auburn head coach Cliff Ellis:
"They have a great crowd, it's a hostile environment, and it's a great opportunity for us." Not a revenge game, but important as Auburn tries to "become relevant."

-- Pearl believes the winner will have 60 or 70 points. Aiming to play well early on the road.

-- "Cliff loves it. He's a coach's coach. He does a great job. He loves to change defenses and loves to try and trick you. He's been doing it a long time and tricks a lot of them."

-- In loss to Coastal Carolina last season, Pearl says the Tigers guarded well but missed a lot of shots. Pearl says it's important to hit shots on the perimeter.

-- Pearl says Coastal is not as good as it was a season ago.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2015, 11:05:37 pm
Auburn Gold Mine ‏@AUGoldMine Dec 2

Auburn hits the road, hangs on to beat Coastal Carolina. Quick game story: http://auburntigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/120215aaa.html …

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Auburn didn't have injured point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen for its first road game of the season, so the Tigers turned to just about everybody else Wednesday night.

Tyler Harris led six Tigers in double figures as Auburn beat Coastal Carolina 81-78 in Conway, S.C., holding off a furious Chanticleer rally in the final minutes.

Auburn led by 18 with 10:20 left. The Tigers led by one with 24.4 seconds remaining.

Auburn improved to 4-1. Coastal Carolina, coached by former Auburn coach Cliff, Ellis, fell to 3-4. Ellis and the Chanticleers beat the Tigers 58-54 in his return to Auburn last season.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 05, 2015, 10:57:26 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor Dec 2

Final stats for Auburn / Coastal Carolina http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/12/live_updates_auburn_at_coastal.html …

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 11, 2015, 09:53:23 am
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog Dec 9

Bruce Pearl expecting Danjel Purifoy's eligibility issue to be resolved by January (via @DanaSulonen) http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/bruce-pearl-expecting-danjel-purifoy-s-eligibility-issue-to-be/article_ad6a3f4c-9ea4-11e5-bc70-3f4df1e59eb6.html …

Pearl: Thinks Danjel Purifoy situation will be figured out by first of year. Doesn't lean either way of which way it will go.

Pearl very outspoken about thoughts on one and dones and integrity of both games...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2015, 06:34:08 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 7h7 hours ago

Auburn struggling with big leads, 5 things to watch against Mercer
http://bit.ly/1TM7RLz 

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After falling in overtime to Middle Tennessee State despite a halftime lead, Auburn is still learning how to win.

Auburn (4-2) has blown leads in several games this season, including in losses to Colorado and MTSU, when they held a 38-29 lead at the break.

Kareem Canty scored 28 points by making eight three-pointer, including the game-tying shot with 1.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime. The junior guard couldn't believe Auburn rallied to send the game to overtime, but it was not enough on Saturday.

"It wasn't even supposed to get there," said Canty, who also had seven assists. "It just happened. We (were) lucky to hit them kind of shots to go into overtime. Them I'm (thinking), 'Alright we'll turn it around in overtime and get this win.' But we never got the stops that we needed to get the win."

Auburn will look to get back in the win column Tuesday night against Mercer (8-1), which is off its best start in program history and will vie for the Southern Conference title.

As Bruce Pearl tries to build Auburn's basketball program to respectability the Tigers have to win home games, especially against mid-major foes.

"We got to win the ones you can win; there's no question," Pearl said. "We're trying to exceed those expectations. Teams that are picked 10th out of 14 (in a conference) don't play in postseason. We're trying to finish our season where we can qualify for postseason, that's our expectation.

"Therefore beating a team like Mercer, who has a really good chance to go to the NCAA Tournament out of the SoCon ... it's a chance for us to beat another tournament team. These are resume builders, they are, and you got to have enough math to get there. It's an important one."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2015, 12:33:52 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 39m39 minutes ago

Pearl offering to buy"AUtlive"  shirts for the media to promote the fight against cancer -- if we promise to wear them for Tennessee game
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 12:32:09 pm
Auburn Gold Mine
‏@AUGoldMine
Auburn's Tahj Shamsid-Deen has reinjured his shoulder and won't return to today's game. Xavier leads 39-30 at halftime

Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  17m17 minutes ago
Tom Green Retweeted Auburn Gold Mine
I imagine Pearl will be having a heartfelt conversation with Tahj soon about his future. Said as much last time.

Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 05:45:57 pm
 Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 5h5 hours ago

Xavier 85, Auburn 61 (Final) | Auburn's four-game road trip starts with a blowout loss.

5 things Auburn learned from its blowout at No. 10 Xavier http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/12/5_things_auburn_learned_from_blowout_at_xavier.html …

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Auburn's frontcourt was exposed

The fundamentals, the pivots, the drives to the basket. It was all so much better than what you usually see from a "normal" team. The Musketeers are talented, experienced and it show sin the frontcourt.

Auburn's Tyler Harris fouled out with more than 12 minutes remaining

Meanwhile, Auburn couldn't get enough clean passes into the post (Xavier had 10 steals). Cinmeon Bowers picked up four fouls early in the second half and he settled for three (!) 3-point attempts beyond the arc. That's not his game, even though he hit his first attempt.

Auburn doesn't have the depth right now to compete against teams as deep as Xavier in the frontcourt.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 05:46:29 pm
 Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 4h4 hours ago

Bruce Pearl didn't sound happy with Xavier after the game. From Pearl's interview on Auburn radio:

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2015, 12:37:35 pm
 Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 2h2 hours ago

BLOG (w/VIDEO): Bruce Pearl: Auburn G Tahj Shamsid-Deen (shoulder) "may require surgery” - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2015/12/21/pearl-shamsid-deens-shoulder-may-require-surgery/77696780/ …

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AUBURN – After his latest shoulder injury, Tahj Shamsid-Deen will be out of action “for a while and may require surgery”, according to Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl.

During his Diamond Head Classic media conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pearl said an MRI will done and team surgeon Dr. James Andrews will take another extensive look at Shamsid-Deen’s shoulder when the Tigers arrive back in Auburn after the tournament in Hawaii.

“I know that this time around we are going to make sure Dr. (James) Andrews takes a good, hard look at it,” Pearl said Sunday night. “They are going to a MRI and see where it is at. It is obviously coming out way to easily. He is probably going to be out for a while and may require surgery.”
Title: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to Hawa'ii
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2015, 06:21:58 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 12h12 hours ago

Instant Analysis: Harvard forces Auburn into its worst performance of season

Updated our Instant Analysis on Auburn's loss to Harvard with reaction from Bruce Pearl: http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2015/12/alcoms_instant_analysis_harvard_auburn.html …

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Auburn never led and Harvard never let up.

The Crimson (5-6) shut down the Tigers (6-4) on defense and rode a hot shooting performance in the first half to pick up a 69-51 victory Tuesday in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic.

Auburn will face the loser of Hawaii-Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m. CT on Christmas Day.

It's the worst performance of the season

There's ugly and then there's what happened Tuesday in Honolulu.

"We can not slop through our stuff and score baskets and we slopped through our stuff right from the very beginning," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said on the school's post-game radio show.

Auburn recorded season lows in points (51), field-goal percentage (30 percent), field goals (19), first-half scoring (29) and second-half scoring (22). Credit Harvard for messing with Auburn's offensive rhythm, especially sharp-shooter Kareem Canty, but this can't be encouraging for Bruce Pearl following an RPI-building victory against New Mexico on Monday.

Auburn was deflated in the second half. Canty was so distraught, he wouldn't move from the floor after missing a shot as a teammate helped him up after several seconds sitting motionless on the floor. In the end, the Tigers missed 17 of their last 18 shots.

"Part of the problem offensively is the team doesn't pay attention to detail," Pearl said.

Auburn needs to rebound -- on and off the floor...
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 26, 2015, 06:50:30 am
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 11h11 hours ago

Pearl: "We did not make it a Merry Christmas....I think we represented ourselves pretty well." Says team rdy for SEC
http://bit.ly/1TkFF2x

Auburn will open SEC play against Tennessee on Jan. 2 at 6-5 after a 1-2 trip in the Diamond Head Classic.

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FINAL: AUBURN 67 HAWAI'I 79

-- Hawai'i closes game on 10-0 run and 19-4 run in final 6:42. Auburn was 1 for its last 10 from the field.

-- Horace Spencer fouls out with 5:29 to go. Bruce Pearl has clearly had enough of the officiating and gets called for a technical foul.

Auburn is a 9.5-point underdog today, according to VegasInsider.com. (Did not cover)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2015, 10:49:17 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 17h17 hours ago

I checked with Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl today and no updates at all about either Danjel Purifoy or Trayvon Reed’s status.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 31, 2015, 02:59:54 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 2h2 hours ago

Bruce Pearl on Tennessee: "Tennessee game means a little bit more because they fired me." #MGMAuburn
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2016, 09:38:58 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello  4h4 hours ago
Auburn is a 1.5-point favorite against Tennessee in its SEC opener Saturday, according to Vegas Insider.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2016, 07:15:25 pm
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey  4h4 hours ago Opelika, AL
Final: Auburn 83, Tennessee 77. Vols (7-6) host Florida Wednesday night at TBA.

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Today's win over Tennessee gave Bruce Pearl a win over every SEC team. So there's that.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2016, 12:48:16 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 47m47 minutes ago

Switching gears to basketball: 5 things you need to know before #Auburn plays No. 22 #SouthCarolina http://ow.ly/WF8U8

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Injuries are mounting and Bruce Pearl needs more players to step up in the absence of early-season starters.

The Auburn coach is asking a lot as his Tigers (7-5, 1-0 SEC) face No. 22 South Carolina (13-0) tonight at 6 o'clock on the SEC Network.

At least four guards will miss time tonight and another, TJ Lang, will come off the bench after suffering from concussion-like symptoms in a win against Tennessee on Saturday.

One of the players who will have to step up is guard Bryce Brown, who has scored 20 points in each of the last two games...

Here are five things we're watching tonight at Auburn Arena:


1. Auburn wins against ranked opponents are rare

This isn't your typical South Carolina team, and though many will argue the schedule hasn't been up to snuff, let's not discount how difficult it is to be one of only three two teams remaining undefeated in the entire country.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2016, 07:55:36 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 10s10 seconds ago

No. 22 South Carolina 81, Auburn 69 (Final)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2016, 02:29:33 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 18h18 hours ago

When asked why Danjel Purifoy wasn't at the game tonight watching on bench as he usually does, Bruce Pearl didn't provide an explanation.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2016, 06:27:10 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 8h8 hours ago

.@ALdotcom's Instant Analysis: Auburn's depth a major issue as Missouri dominates http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/01/instant_analysis_auburn_missou.html …

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Missouri dominated Auburn for a 76-61 win in Columbia Saturday night, as Auburn dropped to 7-7 overall and 1-2 in SEC play.

The Tigers will return to the court Tuesday night in Nashville to play Vanderbilt.

This was an ugly one

Auburn turned in its second-worst shooting performance at 37.3 percent from the floor and 30 percent from long range. If not for a 13-2 run by the visitors in garbage time, Missouri could have handed Auburn its biggest loss of the year.

"I'm disappointed," said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. "I thought we had an opportunity, I thought we had better preparation. The execution, again, wasn't there. The first six or seven things that we called, we had somebody in the wrong spot. It's just really disappointing that we can't make the adjustments and changes and the things we need to do and have our guys locked in and focused."

Missouri entered the game 0-7 against Power 5 teams and ranked 257th nationally in roster height, but outrebounded Auburn 41-34 on the boards.

Depth was a major issue

The most glaring statistic of the night: Missouri's bench outscored Auburn's 40-5 in this game. With three guards out, Auburn's not going to win many games if the bench is unable to contribute.

The only Auburn reserve to score was Cinmeon Bowers, who shot 2-for-9 to finish with five points and seven rebounds. Missouri reserves Tramaine Isabell and Namon Wright combined for 22 points.

"40-5... That's just pretty darn enormous," Pearl said.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2016, 11:00:43 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens Jan 9

In one of the more disappointing efforts of the 2015-16 season for Auburn, Missouri defeats Auburn 76-61. Auburn moves to 7-7, 1-2 in SEC.

Auburn (7-7, 1-2 in SEC) will travel Tuesday night to Vanderbilt (8-7, 0-3) for a 8 p.m. tip on ESPNU.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl on radio post-game: "We didn’t play very well. I thought we had better preparation than that."

Pearl: "In the first seven plays called, we had guys in the wrong spot in six different plays. Our offensive execution is lacking.”

Pearl: "We lack playmakers. T.J. Dunans was probably my best playmaker and Tahj Shamsid-Deen was probably my second-best playmaker.”
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2016, 09:06:56 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks  22m22 minutes ago
ESPNU announcers in studio, not at arena, for Auburn-Vandy game. I'm told that's the first time ever for a game at Memorial.

James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea  15m15 minutes ago
Second straight game Auburn has shot under 30 percent in the first half. Tigers trail Commodores 39-22
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2016, 10:00:51 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  3m3 minutes ago
Auburn falls to Vandy, 75-57, for third straight loss.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2016, 07:14:59 pm
 Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 11h11 hours ago

BLOG (w/VIDEO) Auburn not pressing...literally - Pearl admits he can’t with this team - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/01/13/bruce-pearl-admits-he-cant-press-auburn-team/78731062/ …

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the beginning of his post-game media conference Tuesday night, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl apologized for a style of play that fans can’t be familiar with.

After watching fans in the Volunteer state have watched Pearl’s teams consistently be known for a 94 feet of defense for nearly the entire 40 minutes of play, he knew to see his team not press at all might be jarring.

“You’re probably used to seeing my teams press for 40 minutes and I had a lot of family and friends here tonight that probably thought they’d see that tonight,” Pearl said. “Not that the pressure always worked but they’ve seen my teams fly around.”

After the disappointing 75-57 loss at Vanderbilt Tuesday night, Pearl said the injuries to guards Tahj Shamsid-Deen (shoulder) and T.J. Dunans (knee) and New Williams (knee) have not just limited but completely eliminated any full-court defense options from the Tigers game plan.

The press is Pearl’s trademark and what made him a nationally recognized college basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Tennessee but that has yet to show itself with the Auburn program.

“When you have three scholarship guards, it’s challenging,” Pearl said.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2016, 09:56:22 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 52m52 minutes ago

ICYMI: 7-foot-2 Trayvon Reed re-enrolls at Auburn; won't play or practice in 15-16 season - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/01/14/trayvon-reed-re-enrolls-auburn-wont-play-15-16/78817344/ …

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AUBURN –Trayvon Reed has enrolled in classes for the spring semester at Auburn but will not practice or play with the team throughout the 2015-16 season.

Auburn announced Thursday night the 7-foot-2 center from Mobile is enrolled in school and an Auburn official confirmed to The Montgomery Advertiser that Reed is on scholarship.

"It's good to have Trayvon Reed back with the program," Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said in a university statement. "He will not play this year, but will begin training, individual workouts and focusing on his academics."

Reed left the program and was absent for the fall semester because of what team officials called “personal reasons” and NCAA rules require all student-athletes to pass at least six credit hours each semester in order to be eligible for competition during the following semester.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2016, 12:30:41 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 37m37 minutes ago

Yet another top guard could miss remainder of season at Auburn

http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/01/another_top_guard_could_miss_r.html …

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Auburn guard T.J. Dunans could miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

The newcomer underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee recently, but complications, including excessive bleeding, and the time it will take to heal the knee could keep him out for the remainder of the season.

"It pushes his return date out to very late in the season with the possibility of not being able to return," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2016, 01:12:13 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 1h1 hour ago

Pearl on Tony Barbee's return to Auburn Arena: "I can only speak to my emotions, and I know that going back to any place you've been you definitely leave a peace of your heart and soul there. ... but you clearly are moved on. ... I'm sure his focus is all Kentucky"
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2016, 01:54:00 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 32m32 minutes ago

UPDATED: Auburn's Tahj Shamsid-Deen out for year; T.J. Dunans could miss remainder of season http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/auburn-s-tahj-shamsid-deen-out-for-year-t-j/article_6997b152-bbbc-11e5-8fd3-b3d4dc7c94ff.html …

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One of Bruce Pearl’s biggest fears the last few weeks became reality on Friday, leaving Auburn shorthanded for the second half of the season.

Auburn junior guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen will undergo shoulder surgery next week and miss the remainder of the season, Pearl announced. Shamsid-Deen has sustained three separate shoulder subluxations since late October, with the most recent occurring Dec. 19 against Xavier.

The update on Shamsid-Deen is just the latest blow to Auburn’s backcourt, which has dealt with a string of injuries all season as well as the lingering eligibility issue with Danjel Purifoy. Pearl opened up his Friday press conference with “the good, the bad and the ugly,” classifying the Shamsid-Deen news as “the bad.” The ugly came afterward, when Pearl disclosed that guard T.J. Dunans, who has been sidelined with a left knee injury since Dec. 23, underwent a knee scope and the timeline for his return is going to be longer than anticipated.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 05:14:59 pm
Final from Auburn:

UK 70  Auburn 75
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 05:32:28 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  17m17 minutes ago
Auburn ... knock off No. 14 UK and snap an 18-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Will be first win vs. Top 25 team since 2/18/12

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Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 05:40:17 pm
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio  22m22 minutes ago
Bruce Pearl in tears after the game
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 05:49:42 pm
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor  7m7 minutes ago
Auburn fans rolling the trees at Toomer's Corner after the upset over Kentucky http://al.com/auburnbasketball …

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Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 05:52:14 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens  6m6 minutes ago
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl: "I'm happy for our students because I haven't been able to provide a return on the investment yet."

Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ  10m10 minutes ago
Calipari says changes coming. Guys who don't deserve the minutes are done getting them.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 08:02:28 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  19m19 minutes ago
For the record, that court-storming will end up costing Auburn $100K under the SEC's policy, which was amended in May.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 08:15:49 pm
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein  3h3 hours ago
One thing to remember about Auburn's win over Kentucky? Tigers are without two projected starters in T.J. Dunans and Danjel Purifoy.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2016, 10:01:40 am
https://twitter.com/matthewcstevens/status/688745119189569537

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For Pearl, the feeling of Saturday is not new. The man who transformed a rebuilding project at Wisconsin-Milwaukee into a Sweet 16 appearance and is the only coach to ever take Tennessee to No. 1 ranking in the nation knows how to do this.

“It does help recruiting because it does send a message to a lot of really good prospects that have signed and are committed that we have warranted their belief of what we can do,” Pearl said.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2016, 10:12:09 am
 Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 2h2 hours ago

REEEEEEEWIND: Auburn upset No. 14 Kentucky yesterday for first win vs ranked team in 4 years http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/we-just-made-history-auburn-upsets-no-kentucky/article_26024488-bcc1-11e5-b406-5bf69737b5e4.html …

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 11:53:32 am
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 18m18 minutes ago

Pearl: I'm extremely impressed with the job Avery Johnson is doing.

Bruce knew Avery Johnson a little bit through ESPN. Said as a coach he was a huge fan of Avery as a player.

Pearl: "My guys needed success. My staff needed it. ... That (UK) game came at an important time."

Pearl: "When you're winning, you coach them hard. When you're losing, it's hard to coach them hard."

Pearl: "We're not pressing full court because I can't expend that energy" due to shortened rotation.

Pearl: Rivalry win is big. It's big, no denying it.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 03:31:36 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 19m19 minutes ago

Auburn fined $100K for fans storming court after Kentucky win http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/01/auburn_fined_100k_for_fans_sto.html …

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This is Auburn's second offense dating back to 2004, when the SEC instituted a fine structure (and later upgraded it) for fans storming fields of competition. Auburn famously stormed the field following its Kick Six victory against Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

"The Conference has unanimously approved a policy requiring fines be applied when spectators enter the playing court after a game," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "While understanding the enthusiasm following an exciting victory, fans need to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing floor. We want to have exciting experiences around SEC games, but also want to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials."

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs told AL.com no one was hurt during the celebration and said the school will happily pay the fine.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2016, 09:57:51 pm
Auburn Basketball ‏@AuburnMBB  20m20 minutes ago
Tonight's attendance is 9,121. That is the seventh sellout of the Bruce Pearl era and 12th in the six-year Auburn Arena history.

Bama 68  Auburn 71  5:00 2nd
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2016, 09:59:37 pm
Kevin Scarbinsky ‏@KevinScarbinsky  4m4 minutes ago
Serious foul trouble here. This game may end with each team sending out walk-ons and volunteers from the stands.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2016, 10:02:51 pm
https://twitter.com/bmarcello/status/689654864750714881
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2016, 10:19:21 pm
Final from Auburn Arena

Auburn 83, Alabama 77
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2016, 06:31:15 am
After beating Alabama, Auburn players declare it’s their state  (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/after-beating-alabama-auburn-players-declare-its-their-state)

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It wasn’t the Iron Bowl, but there was certainly plenty at stake when Alabama and Auburn met on the hardwood Tuesday night.

Auburn outlasted Alabama, 83-77, to move to 9-3 on the season and improve to 3-3 in SEC play.

The Tigers have reeled off back-to-back wins at home — over a ranked Kentucky team and now, in-state rival Alabama —

Auburn and Alabama will clash again on Feb. 27, this time in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2016, 12:53:53 pm
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Auburn's Tahj Shamsid-Deen goes under the knife again http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/01/auburn_guard_tahj_shamsid-deen_3.html …

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Auburn junior guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen has undergone another surgery after suffering a right shoulder injury in the 85-61 loss at Xavier Dec. 19 that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

"Had his surgery yesterday and he's doing well," Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said Friday.

Shamsid-Deen's string of shoulder injuries dates back to last season, when he missed 12 total games. He reinjured his shoulder just weeks before this season's opener against UAB. He managed to recover in time to play five games before going down against Xavier.

Shamsid-Deen is considered one of the team's best perimeter defenders...

"How much Dr. (James) Andrews is going to be able to tighten it up will determine whether or not he plays again because we have to make sure that he's not only healthy to return to play, but also healthy to continue for the rest of his life," Pearl said last week. "It's really difficult."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2016, 02:18:21 pm
Bruce Pearl has a solution to make court storming safer (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/01/auburns_bruce_pearl_thinks_fan.html)

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"I would like a delayed rush," Pearl said. "We could have them put 30 seconds on the clock ... we're gonna let the officials get off the floor, let the opponents off the floor and our  players maybe get off the floor if they choose. Then bam, blow the whistle, hit the buzzer."

Pearl, whose Tigers are 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the SEC and play at Florida on Saturday, said safety is always a priority.

"Let's celebrate together, but let's get the opponent and refs off the floor," he said. "I called a timeout with two seconds left (against Kentucky). We only had a four-point lead, and I said let's get (bench players) off."

Auburn was happy to pay the fine, and Pearl figured it would be OK, too.

"I'm sure that is a check they would prefer not to write, but if you look to the check we got from the SEC," he said, "I think we're going to be OK."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2016, 08:13:51 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 19m19 minutes ago

If Florida scores 100, it will be 3rd time Pearl's Auburn program has given up century mark. Previously had given up 100 3 times in career.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2016, 07:11:11 am
Auburn officials recoiled when big man Cinmeon Bowers said that Kentucky was not as good this season as last season.

Auburn did not want Bowers giving Kentucky bulletin board material. (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article56246685.html)

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Bruce Pearl suggested that reporters not publicize possibly inflammatory comments made by players.

“You guys are always trying to give me advice on how to coach,” Pearl said, “so I have to give you advice about writing.”

Bowers and team backed up the talk last Saturday. Not yesterday.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2016, 01:07:59 pm
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops  16h16 hours ago Hollywood, FL
Pearl on Florida -- "They physically dominated us. They got anything they wanted."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 26, 2016, 07:11:30 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 18h18 hours ago

Auburn looks to rebound against Ole Miss following worst loss of season http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/01/auburn_looks_to_rebound_agains.html …

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Auburn has lost six straight to Ole Miss, but the Tigers may catch a couple breaks this week. Stefan Moody, the SEC's leading scorer at 24.3 points per game, is questionable for the Rebels after missing the team's 83-77 loss to Mississippi State Saturday. Ole Miss forward Sebastian Saiz, who averages 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds, has been ruled out for the game.

The Tigers, meanwhile, will focus on putting forth a better performance from top to bottom after shooting a combined 35.8 percent from the floor against the Gators. It was the fifth straight game Auburn shot below 40 percent.

"We talked about playing hard, we talked about playing better," Pearl said. "I do think the energy, the effort, the intensity, all that that was expended on two great wins for us against Kentucky and Alabama. But again, if you look back at those games almost everybody really played well. There's just no margin for us, and our guys know that that's what it takes."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 26, 2016, 10:00:10 am
 Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 21h21 hours ago

Auburn swingman Danjel Purifoy's eligibility remains unresolved http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/football/auburn-swingman-danjel-purifoy-s-eligibility-remains-unresolved/article_0f60cd30-c392-11e5-b603-ff4208e3dbac.html …

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With 12 games remaining on Auburn’s regular-season schedule, the team still has not received any resolution on the eligibility of star guard Danjel Purifoy.

“I have not heard anything,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said Monday morning.

Pearl initially hoped for news on Purifoy, whose eligibility remains up in the air while the ACT Testing Center reviews his high school ACT scores, by the start of the new year. When the calendar turned to 2016, Pearl still had not received any word about Purifoy’s situation and added that he was hoping for resolution by the end of January.

Purifoy has been enrolled in classes at Auburn and participating in practice.

At the point of no return
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Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2016, 06:26:54 pm
 Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 47m47 minutes ago

Live updates, analysis: Auburn vs. Ole Miss http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/01/live_updates_analysis_auburn_vs_ole_miss.html …

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Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 2h2 hours ago

Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody (hamstring) will play tonight against Auburn, Andy Kennedy told @CBSSports.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2016, 07:46:07 pm
Jay G. Tate ‏@JayGTate  54m54 minutes ago
Easily audible on ESPN: Pearl imploring Cim Bowers to get into the paint for the final shot. Big man didn’t move an inch.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2016, 07:58:07 pm
Ole Miss Basketball ‏@OleMissMBB  1m1 minute ago
Behind Moody's 24 points and Hymon's double double, Ole Miss routes (sic) Auburn 80-63
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2016, 08:13:37 pm
Auburn officials recoiled when big man Cinmeon Bowers said that Kentucky was not as good this season as last season.

Auburn did not want Bowers giving Kentucky bulletin board material. (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article56246685.html)

Bowers and team backed up the talk last Saturday. Not yesterday.

Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  7h7 hours ago
Effort, attitude issues led to Cinmeon Bowers' benching as Bruce Pearl seeks consistency from the senior forward http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/effort-attitude-issues-led-to-cinmeon-bowers-benching/article_ad8d89e2-c6b9-11e5-a75c-b789dd3891d2.html …

Running out of time
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Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 01:05:37 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  24h24 hours ago
Auburn still awaiting word on Danjel Purifoy's eligibility http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/auburn-still-awaiting-word-on-danjel-purifoy-s-eligibility/article_a2dee368-c6bb-11e5-9068-e7e772fd642b.html …

Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello  Jan 29
If you're wondering: No news today on Danjel Purifoy's eligibility.


This breaking news just in  – "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!"
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Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 07:09:23 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  47m47 minutes ago
Auburn’s Cinmeon Bowers out for Oklahoma State game http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/auburn-s-cinmeon-bowers-out-for-oklahoma-state-game/article_344e3d04-c7b0-11e5-8db7-0b44508eb8c4.html …

Auburn will be without Cim Bowers tonight against Oklahoma State. Suspended by Bruce Pearl for conduct detrimental to the team
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Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 08:23:51 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  27m27 minutes ago

TJ Lang fouls Tyree Griffin on a three-point attempt with 0.6 seconds left in the half. Griffin makes all three, Cowboys lead 40-31.

Bruce Pearl also received a warning from one of the officials. A very audible "STOP" from the ref directed at Pearl

As Pearl walked off the court for halftime, he stopped in the corner and stared down the officials as they went to their locker room.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2016, 11:50:51 am
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 32m32 minutes ago

Bruce Pearl standing on the table to defend/promote LSU's NCAA tourney resume on SEC coaches teleconference
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: opineonswine on February 01, 2016, 11:59:21 am
Pearl is an embarrassing clown.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2016, 10:35:27 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 50m50 minutes ago

Simmons, LSU hand Auburn 4th straight loss http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/simmons-lsu-hand-auburn-th-straight-loss/article_8e2d4936-ca27-11e5-a2b0-13b26d8ca445.html …

FINAL: LSU 80, Auburn 68 Auburn drops its fourth straight following back-to-back wins against Kentucky and Alabama

Pearl: "Our gameplan was to wall (Simmons) off and make him take contested shot. We never really built that wall."
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Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2016, 12:38:26 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 51s51 seconds ago

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl on @purifoy_danjel: "The reality is we don’t have the final word from the NCAA." http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/no-final-word-on-danjel-purifoy-as-bruce-pearl-clarifies/article_a263d474-cb6c-11e5-9d88-6b6f5116d8de.html …
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Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2016, 12:37:33 pm
Pearl clarifies his Danjel Purifoy 'redshirt freshman' comments (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/02/bruce_pearl_clarifies_his_danj.html)

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Auburn coach referred to Purifoy, who is awaiting word from the NCAA and ACT testing center about his eligibility, as a "redshirt freshman" next season on Auburn's football signing day show Wednesday.

A day later, he clarified his comments and left open the opportunity Purifoy could be declared eligible during the final month of the season.

"In the recruiting show yesterday I probably slipped and said next year Danjel Purifoy would be a redshirt freshman, so I said that," Pearl said. "But the reality is we don't have the final word from the NCAA. We're still going through some processes with the testing agency and the NCAA. Now clearly, it's very, very late in the game. Again, I appreciate our fans' and the media's patience in the sense that until I can tell you that it's a done deal that he is not going to be declared a qualifier and would be eligible for competition, I really can't say. He's eligible for practice. He's eligible to travel. He's eligible for scholarship. He's eligible for a lot of things. He's not been officially cleared for competition and that's why we've not been able to play him. There's really no change on his status."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2016, 06:01:16 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea  2h2 hours ago
Cinmeon Bowers will be Auburn's starting PG, per Auburn. You can't make this up.

AUB 30  UGa 53  7:55 2nd
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2016, 06:30:17 pm
Final from Athens:

Auburn 55,  Georgia 65
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2016, 09:42:39 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens  15h15 hours ago
Matthew Stevens Retweeted Auburn Basketball
Auburn shoots 25.9% in 8th straight road loss. Tigers fall to 9-13, 3-7 in SEC. Auburn will be at Tenn. Tuesday. 

Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2016, 11:14:02 am
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 7m7 minutes ago

Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl said PG Kareem Canty remains suspended and will not play at Tennessee on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2016, 05:22:26 pm
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 56m56 minutes ago

Bruce Pearl is coaching against Tennessee in TBA tomorrow & there seems to be very little buzz about it. Normalcy (finally) settling in?
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2016, 08:49:23 am
@GrantRamey
‏@GrantRamey

From @Strangemike44: Pearl is 24-33 in 57 games at Auburn. He was 40-17 in his first 57 at Tennessee http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/columnists/mike-strange/mike-strange-bruce-pearls-back-but-vols-tigers-are-not-2b3681b5-20a6-030b-e053-0100007ff862-368112431.html …

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Rick Barnes spoke to the media for more than 17 minutes on Monday, during which he fielded eight questions.

None of them were about Bruce Pearl.

Both Barnes and Pearl did a stint on the SEC coaches' teleconference Monday. Nobody asked Barnes about Pearl. Nobody asked Pearl about Tennessee.

So Pearl returns to Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night with his Auburn Tigers and we greet this with ... a shrug?

Already?

Surely there will be more reaction when Pearl is introduced prior to the 7 p.m. tipoff. After all, he's not just, say, one of the Kennedys, Billy or Andy. This is the guy who took down No. 1 Kansas on this floor with one hand tied behind his back.

Pearl, the man who led the Vols to a No. 1 ranking in 2008 and an Elite Eight in 2010 and then got fired in 2011 for NCAA violations, has incited more passion among UT men's hoops fans than any coach since Ray Mears.

Of course, Pearl and UT have already danced the homecoming waltz once. Last year his first Auburn team lost here 71-63. A crowd of 18,439 cheered Pearl then cheered Donnie Tyndall louder. It was an emotional day for Pearl, an emotional man.

Less so was Auburn's 83-77 win over Tennessee last month at Auburn. Pearl was in his new house, surrounded by his new extended family.

So Tuesday night, Pearl is back again in the visitors locker room, down the hall from the one in which he celebrated many a victory. Been there, done that.

But there's another reason his return wasn't a big talking point Monday. Two reasons, really.

One, Tennessee is a shadow of the program it was in Pearl's heyday.

Two, Auburn is also a shadow of Tennessee's program in Pearl's heyday.

In short, we've got a couple of flawed teams scrapping to avoid playing on the first night of the SEC tournament. Not exactly No. 1 Memphis vs. No. 2 UT.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2016, 05:56:00 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 5m5 minutes ago

Bruce stopping by to shake hands and hug with some of #Vols’ boosters. #Memories
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2016, 06:09:07 am
@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 8h8 hours ago

From @johnadamskns: A night of worsts for Bruce Pearl http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/vols/columnists/john-adams/john-adams-a-night-of-worsts-for-bruce-pearl-2b497d26-14b2-2ab9-e053-0100007fa926-368269091.html …

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The best part of Tuesday for former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was visiting with his old Bible study group in the morning.

The worst part was fully displayed on the Thompson-Boling Arena scoreboard Tuesday evening: Tennessee 71, Auburn 45.

"That was ugly," Auburn's second-year coach said as he entered the postgame media room. "We're better than that.

"That team wasn't competitive."

The stats supported his assessment. Auburn shot 23.7 percent from the field, missed half of its 24 free throws, and only freshman guard Bryce Brown scored in double figures (18 points).

Pearl didn't have to think long when asked if any of his teams had shot so poorly.

"Probably the worse shooting performance ever," he said.

The wayward shooting was magnified by the venue, where All-SEC guard Chris Lofton once launched 3-pointers on Pearl's behalf.

In his six seasons (2005-11) at UT, Pearl's worst loss at Thompson-Boling Arena was by 18 points. That came against Kentucky. This came against a Tennessee team that has lost as many as it has won (12-12) and has developed a bad habit of matching a good half with an awful one.

Tennessee's bad half produced a 34-23 halftime lead. In the second half, the Tigers trailed by as many as 33 points as their record dropped to 9-14 and their losing streak was extended to six.

You need a vivid imagination to envision the losing streak ending anytime soon.

@GrantRamey ‏@GrantRamey 9h9 hours ago

Bruce Pearl quotes after tonight's game.

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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2016, 09:06:35 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens  31m31 minutes ago
In the short-term, if Auburn F Tyler Harris (back) can't play vs. Vanderbilt on Sat., Auburn will have 7 scholarship players available.

BLOG: Supended junior G Kareem Canty leaving Auburn to enter NBA Draft - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/02/11/kareem-canty-leaving-auburn-enter-nba-draft/80264828/ …
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2016, 09:31:45 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  10h10 hours ago
Pearl: TJ Dunans is getting closer to coming back. Quad strength still a work in progress.

Pearl when discussing Dunans' knee: "I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night; I'm not a doctor but..."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2016, 08:32:34 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens  1h1 hour ago
BLOG (w/VIDEO): Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says PF/C Tyler Harris isn’t healthy - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/02/14/auburns-bruce-pearl-says-tyler-harris-isnt-healthy/80388746/ …

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The talking points have now changed regarding the back issue with Auburn forward Tyler Harris.

Following watching the 6-foot-10 forward struggle for 24 minutes Saturday against Vanderbilt, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl didn’t sound as optimistic about Harris’ health as he clearly did one day prior.

Pearl said Harris isn’t nearly healthy after Auburn’s embarrassing 86-57 home loss to Commodores that saw the graduate transfer post just four points on 1 for 8 shooting and four rebounds.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 15, 2016, 07:19:57 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  24h24 hours ago
Auburn still awaiting word on Danjel Purifoy's eligibility http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/auburn-still-awaiting-word-on-danjel-purifoy-s-eligibility/article_a2dee368-c6bb-11e5-9068-e7e772fd642b.html …

Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello  Jan 29
If you're wondering: No news today on Danjel Purifoy's eligibility.


This breaking news just in  – "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!"

Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens  7h7 hours ago
Pearl says "we're antcipating some finality" soon on Danjel Purifoy's eligibility. #MGMAuburn
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Post by: jbcarol on February 15, 2016, 07:22:33 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  8h8 hours ago
Pearl: "I'm sure (Arkansas) is licking their chops a little bit, looking to go at us without a true point guard."
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Post by: jbcarol on February 16, 2016, 07:28:13 pm
Highly touted freshman forward Danjel Purifoy will redshirt and have four years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2016-17 season, the school announced Tuesday. He has been sidelined this season while the NCAA looked into his ACT scores.

The 6-foot-7 forward was rated as the No. 1 player in Alabama in the 2015 class... (https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/auburn-announces-decision-on-eligibility-of-prized-freshman-danjel-purifoy)
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Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2016, 09:49:18 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 32m32 minutes ago

Here's what to watch when #Auburn takes on Arkansas: http://ow.ly/Yp7Cr 

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Auburn men's basketball team looks to faces Arkansas on the road Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT.

Since upsetting Kentucky and Alabama on Jan. 16 and Jan. 19, respectively, Auburn has had a rough go during the last few weeks. The Tigers have lost seven consecutive games, falling by 10 or more points in each contest. The team has few options at point guard and hasn't recovered from the departure of leading scorer Kareem Canty

Pearl: "Believe it or not, I believe we can play a lot better than we are playing, and so from that standpoint it's discouraging. Like at halftime against Vanderbilt (Saturday), I just felt like we're two stops and a couple of scores away from getting it close again, and we just didn't have any energy coming out of the second half."

The Tigers are just 1-9 on the road this year.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2016, 02:46:49 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 54m54 minutes ago

Auburn is a 15.5-point underdog at Arkansas tonight, per @TwitVI
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Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2016, 08:11:51 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 9m9 minutes ago

...
Auburn snaps its seven-game skid, defeats Arkansas, 90-86. Tigers shoot 61 percent FOR THE GAME. ...

That's Auburn's first SEC road win in 368 days -- since Feb. 14 last year at Georgia.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 10:13:54 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello  15h15 hours ago
Hoops: 4 keys to an Auburn win against Ole Miss http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/02/4_keys_to_an_auburn_win_against_ole_miss.html …

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Auburn has the confidence, but will the Tigers put together the performance they need to emerge victorious against Ole Miss?

The Tigers (10-15, 4-9 SEC) are coming off a surprising 90-86 victory at Arkansas in which Bryce Brown hit nine 3-pointers, the most by a player in the SEC this season.

Auburn hosts Ole Miss (16-10, 6-7) Saturday at 4 p.m. CT inside Auburn Arena.

Pearl believes Auburn required seven players to have career games in order to knock off Arkansas. Will it take a similar effort (Brown and TJ Lang combined to hit 14 of 20 treys) from the Tigers to knock off the Rebels?

"I'm not sure what it's going to take," Pearl said. "I know beating Arkansas at Arkansas is tough, but this is not one of Mike Anderson's best teams. I do think it will take big nights from a lot of guys for us to be able to win. If you've got four guys in double-figure scoring, but you're only playing seven guys, there's not much margin for error, so when we put it all together like we did, we can be right there. Ole Miss is not going to be intimidated by our building. They've got a lot of experienced guys, so I don't anticipate them not playing well, so it's going to take a great effort."

Cinmeon Bowers also needs to continue to play clean basketball. His 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Auburn's point forward at Arkansas was much needed. He also hit some free throws down the stretch.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 07:04:43 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens  58m58 minutes ago
LIVE: FINAL AT AUBURN ARENA - Ole Miss 69, Auburn 59 - Stefan Moody dominates with 23 - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/02/20/live-blog-ole-miss-auburn-mens-basketball/80664276/ …

Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 07:06:18 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  23m23 minutes ago
Bruce Pearl is here now: "I'm really disappointed in that loss. I'm not disappointed in the effort. Really disappointed in the execution."

Pearl: "T.J. Dunans, it was good to have him back. I did not know he was coming back until Friday."

Pearl: "I knew he had been making progress. ... He was cleared to practice Friday, so he practiced. After practice he told me."

Pearl: "You could see some rust, but it won't take us long to get him going again."

Pearl: Tyler "took a pretty serious hit. ... Obviously he has a concussion. The next 24 hours are very important."
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Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2016, 01:42:44 pm
After snapping a seven-game losing streak with an upset over Arkansas this week, Auburn's men's basketball team loses. FINAL: Ole Miss 69, Auburn 59 (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/02/live_updates_auburn_basketball_13.html)

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After taking an early lead the Tigers score just one basket from the field in the final 6:31 of the game, and Ole Miss gets the win. Stefan Moody finished with 23 points to lead all scorers. Cinmeon Bowers recorded his 12th double-double of the season for Auburn with 11 points and 18 rebounds.

Ole Miss made 43 percent of its shots while Auburn converted just 33 percent. The Rebels had a 47-37 edge on the boards. Ole Miss went 9-for-21 from long range while the Tigers went 6-for-24.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2016, 09:49:33 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  2h2 hours ago
FINAL: Auburn beats Georgia, 84-81. Lang career-high 21. Granger 18 and 11 rebs. Dunans 12 points and 7 assists. Spencer 9 points, 8 rebs

Pearl: "Pretty special for Jordon Granger to pick up his first double-double ... particularly on a night we didn't have Tyler Harris."

Pearl: "I thought that Dunans made a huge difference. We don't win the game without him. Period. The end. ... Seven assists and 1 turnover"

Pearl on all the career nights: "That's what it takes when you play seven guys."

Pearl: "I talked to the team about 'let's do something last year's team didn't do.' ... It's steps in the right direction."

With the win tonight, Auburn surpassed last season's SEC win total.


Did win 3 in the '15 SEC Tournament.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 05:47:41 pm
Matt Zenitz ‏@mzenitz  1m1 minute ago
Retin Obasohan scores to give Alabama a 50-49 lead with 5:30 remaining
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Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 06:05:37 pm
Final from Coleman:

AUB 57  Bama 65
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Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 07:10:00 pm
Jay G. Tate
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Auburn MBKB now ranks 343rd among Division I teams in free-throw shooting. There are 351 teams in all.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2016, 09:07:14 am
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 13h13 hours ago

Auburn falters late, falls on road against Alabama   http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/auburn-falters-late-falls-on-road-against-alabama/article_4eb461de-ddc0-11e5-8371-b353f6a6f005.html …

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The numbers aren’t ones that Auburn was hoping for, but rather ones that proved to be the Tigers’ undoing during a 65-57 loss to archrival Alabama as Auburn missed 15 free throws and turned over the ball 18 times.

The free throws and turnovers haunted Auburn (11-17, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), particularly in the second half as the Tigers built a 10-point lead early in the half only to see it evaporate over the game’s final 14:58. After building the double-digit advantage, Auburn committed 10 turnovers and missed 4-of-12 free throws as Alabama (17-11, 8-8 SEC) outscored the Tigers by 18 during that stretch.

“I told our team, to go on the road against a potential NCAA Tournament team and be where we wanted to be, that was positive,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “But too many turnovers, too many missed free throws and (we) didn’t make enough plays down the stretch, and Alabama did.”

...Auburn continued its extended run, outscoring Alabama 30-10 during a 12-minute, 36-second stretch spanning the first and second halves to build a 10-point lead at 44-34.

From there, things went south for Auburn. The Tigers went ice cold from the field, missing 11 of their final 14 shot attempts while missing eight of their 12 free-throw attempts the rest of the game.

“The longer we got away from halftime, the worse it got,” Pearl said. “We didn’t execute very well; we didn’t. I give Alabama’s defense credit, but I’ll take the blame.”
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Post by: jbcarol on February 29, 2016, 02:02:30 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 2h2 hours ago

Pearl is here. "The good news is we were able to play 7 scholarship guys double-digit minutes Saturday. Bad news is it's still just 7 guys"

Pearl: Horace Spencer continues to play really well. Notes that Alabama only scored 24 points with Horace on the floor Saturday.

Pearl: Horace is one of our hardest workers.

Pearl on Spencer: I just think he's made nice, really overall progress to his game

Pearl on Bowers: "For him to pick Auburn at a time when we really needed him is something I hope our fans ... will always remember."
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Post by: jbcarol on March 01, 2016, 08:52:50 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 14h14 hours ago

BLOG (w/VIDEO): Cinmeon Bowers’ roller coaster ride of an Auburn career near a close - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/02/29/bowers-roller-coaster-ride-auburn-career-near-close/81132220/ …

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Cinmeon Bowers is spoken of by his head coach in a similar way anyone would describe an long-term investment. It’s going to take time to fully appreciate the value.

However, on the eve of his senior’s final home game at Auburn Arena, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said he believes Auburn fans will one day soon look back at the 6-foot-7 forward with a smile. Bowers will be among five players including Tyler Harris, Jordon Granger, Jonathan Walker and Cole Stockton that will be honored on Auburn's Senior Night.

“I think that people will remember Cim fondly and appreciate his contributions, his effort (and) his energy,” Pearl said Monday.

That’s certainly not saying the overall path of Bowers’ two-year Auburn career hasn’t been met with challenges including how the Chipola Community College transfer got to the campus at all. Bowers was arrested in 2014 for allegedly eating marijuana in order to conceal it from police. According to the police statement, Bowers, who had committed to Florida State earlier that month as one of the nation’s best junior college talents, along with two teammates attempted to conceal marijuana from the officers during a routine spot for speeding. They were charged with tampering with evidence and taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility in Florida but the charges were dropped three weeks later. Eventually Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton withdrew the scholarship offer and months later Bowers became Pearl’s first signed recruit to Auburn.

“For him to pick Auburn at a time when we really needed him is something I hope our fans and Auburn family will always remember,” Pearl said Monday. “He took advantage of the opportunity by developing his game inside and out and certainly he had some terrific, terrific moments.”
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Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2016, 06:14:04 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 8h8 hours ago

RECAP: No. 20 Texas A&M proves too tough at Auburn in 81-63 blowout -  http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/03/01/texas-m-proves-too-tough-auburn-81-63-blowout/81190938/ …

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The arena's emergency alarm letting people know the tornado warning is no longer in effect.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2016, 06:56:53 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 13h13 hours ago

Auburn basketball is headed to Mexico next season: http://ow.ly/Z0562

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Auburn men's basketball team is set to play in the 2016 Cancun Challenge next season along with Purdue, Texas Tech and Utah State, Triple Crown Sports announced Wednesday.

The Tigers, Boilermakes, Red Raiders and Aggies make up the "Riviera Division" of the Cancun Challenge and will play in Mexico Nov. 22-23.

Auburn (11-18, 5-13 SEC) travels to Mississippi State Saturday for the regular season finale before playing in the SEC Tournament next week in Nashville.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2016, 01:51:23 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 57m57 minutes ago

Auburn fully healthy for regular season finale against Mississippi State
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Tigers will look to avoid entering the next week's SEC Tournament on a three-game skid and could be playing for the No. 11 seed if Ole Miss is able to beat Tennessee and Kentucky beats LSU.

Rebels and Volunteers play before Auburn and Mississippi State, so the Tigers will know if there's anything to play for.

"We probably have too many hot and cold players that just play with the kind of consistency that you need to have to put a run together (like last year's SEC Tournament)," Pearl said. "Sometimes Cim (Bowers) is hot sometimes he's cold. Tyler (Harris) played with great offensive efficiency against Texas A&M, he doesn't always finish and he's got to be able to physically step up against bigger physical players even though he's a small forward playing center for us sometimes. Bryce Brown is hot and cold. TJ Lang is hot and cold.

"The good thing is there's some hot there and so when I say that I'm not saying it to be critical, just saying it to be analytical."
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Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2016, 03:54:07 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens  21m21 minutes ago
Final at Humphrey Coliseum: Mississippi State 79, Auburn 66 - Tigers finish 2-11 on the road this season. Will play Tennessee Wed in SECT.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2016, 08:18:09 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 17h17 hours ago

Brandon Marcello Retweeted James Crepea

Bruce Pearl will face his former program, Tennessee, in the SEC Tournament opening game Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2016, 02:05:53 pm
Josh Ward ‏@Josh_Ward 22h22 hours ago

Auburn is 9-27 in regular season SEC games under Bruce Pearl. Tony Barbee had the same record his last two seasons at Auburn.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 08, 2016, 05:21:53 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 2h2 hours ago

Last season #Auburn made a big run in the #SEC tourney. Can the Tigers do it again? http://ow.ly/ZdCLR 

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Bruce Pearl has been in this situation before.

This time last year, Auburn had nothing to lose. The Tigers had dropped 13 of its last 15 games and were the No. 13 seed entering the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament in Nashville.

Nobody expected anything from the Tigers, but they managed to turn quite a few heads by making the semifinals. They managed to upset Mississippi State, Texas A&M and LSU in dramatic fashion before falling to eventual champion Kentucky.

"Just because it happened last year doesn't mean it's automatically like there's some magic wand that I can wave and some formula for winning in postseason," Pearl said Monday. "When you add up 15 years of SEC Tournament play for Auburn prior to our getting here and you come up with three wins, March hasn't been really good to us. So that's the challenge I want to put on the players... understand that a win, two wins, three wins in the SEC Tournament, which we're certainly capable of, are historic and not going to be easy."

Auburn (11-19, 5-13 SEC) is on a similar late-season slide as it was last year, having lost 11 of its last 13 games. All but one of the losses came by 10 or more points.

Wednesday's game against Tennessee (13-18, 6-12) will be the third meeting between the schools this season. The Tigers claimed an 83-77 victory in the SEC opener at home Jan. 2 but were smacked 71-45 in Knoxville Feb. 9.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2016, 11:12:41 am
Josh and Will ‏@sports180 4h4 hours ago

Tennessee vs Auburn and Bruce Pearl, again. http://bit.ly/21Z8I41 

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Tennessee will play Auburn tonight in Nashville in the opening round of the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee (13-18) is trying to avoid its worst record since Kevin O’Neill’s team finished the 1996-97 season with an 11-16 record.

Tennessee is also trying to win its grudge match against former coach Bruce Pearl, whose team beat Tennessee to open SEC play in January before losing badly in Knoxville last month.

Neither team has had the kind of season it hoped for entering the year.

Pearl’s team struggled throughout conference play. The Tigers lost seven straight games in the middle of SEC play, all by double figures.
Title: Vols go "Old School" on Pearl who draws tech yelling at Sankey, Jake Bell
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2016, 06:17:18 am
 Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 9h9 hours ago

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl assessed technical foul while yelling at SEC officiating coordinator http://sec.news/1R8fQ2F

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NASHVILLE — Facing a 32-point deficit in the second half of Auburn’s SEC tournament game against Tennessee, Tigers coach Bruce Pearl let loose.

But instead of going the traditional route — yelling at the game officials — Pearl turned his attention toward a pair of SEC bigwigs sitting courtside: conference commissioner Greg Sankey and basketball officiating coordinator Jake Bell.

Referee Tony Greene whistled Pearl for a technical foul in the middle of the coach’s rant, which was unintelligible, animated and hurled directly at Sankey and Bell.

“I just thought it was a foul. That’s what I said, ‘That’s a foul,’ ” Pearl said after the game when asked about the moment.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2016, 06:18:16 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 9h9 hours ago

Auburn school records: back-to-back 20-loss seasons (110 seasons); 7th straight losing season; 17 losses by double digits in single season.

Largest loss this season and largest versus SEC opponent in at least five years.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2016, 06:19:49 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 7h7 hours ago

Bruce Pearl says losing at Auburn 'takes years off your life' http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/03/bruce_pearl_says_losing_at_aub.html …

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Bruce Pearl is not accustomed to losing.

The seasoned basketball coach never had a losing record in 19 years prior to his hire at Auburn in 2014, but the first back-to-back 20-loss seasons in program history have taken their toll on the 55-year-old.

"I think it's always harder on the players, but it takes years off your life," Pearl said after his team's elimination loss to Tennessee at the SEC Tournament in Nashville Wednesday. "It just does. The way I'm built, it's the first thing I think of every morning and it's the last thing I think of every night. It identifies me, and I've never been identified as (someone) who didn't win."

Pearl coached Auburn to a 15-20 mark in his first year on the Plains and finished the 2015-16 campaign at 11-20.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2016, 06:21:18 am
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FINAL: Tennessee 97, Auburn 59. Tigers end the year with a 38-point loss and an 11-20 record http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/03/live_updates_auburn_vs_tenness.html …

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Title: Re: Vols go "Old School" on Pearl who draws tech yelling at Sankey, Jake Bell
Post by: Inhogswetrust on March 10, 2016, 06:43:24 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 7h7 hours ago

Bruce Pearl says losing at Auburn 'takes years off your life' http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/03/bruce_pearl_says_losing_at_aub.html …

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I've always thought Pearl was the type of coach that would sell his soul for eternity in hell to the devil just to win only one game if needed.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2016, 07:52:23 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 6h6 hours ago

Journeyman Tyler Harris thanks Auburn fans after final game http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/03/journeyman_tyler_harris_thanks.html … @1TimeTy

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After playing in 118 games at three different schools, Tyler Harris' college basketball career came to an end Wednesday night in Nashville when Tennessee eliminated Auburn from the SEC Basketball Tournament.

The forward played just one season for Auburn as a graduate transfer after transferring from Providence and North Carolina State. Despite Auburn's disappointing 11-20 finish, Harris enjoyed the most productive statistical season of his career with the Tigers, as he averaged 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

"It's very hard to accomplish (my goals) on the court, personally, when you're losing like this," said the Dix Hills, New York native. "It's difficult, but I learned a lot just from being here and I'm going to take that with me as I get myself into the real world."

Harris, whose brother Tobias played for Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl at Tennessee before joining the NBA, will now attempt to follow in those footsteps by playing professionally.

"My plan is to work my way to the NBA and start getting ready for the draft," Harris said. "Now would be the time to start talking to (Tobias) about it and get the advice I need."

Harris also thanked his Auburn fans:

To the Auburn fans and community,

I have to take the time to thank the fans of Auburn for how much you stuck with us all year. I had many expectations this year and unfortunately they didn't work out, it hurts like hell they didn't work out but I learned a lot. I failed but I know I will win in the long run and will remember Auburn for what it has taught me as a man and a player. A lot of people this year told me they seen me grow into a man this year and I see that in myself, that is bc of Auburn. I always felt that God brought me here for a purpose throughout this year I questioned that purpose, I still do right now but I felt in a way the Lord wanted me here to grow as a person, mentally and physically, as a man and as a player. And for that I will always keep Auburn in my heart. Thank you AU fans for sticking with me and the team all year no matter what, in my book those are TRUE FANS, for that I will say THANK YOU !! Thank you Auburn #GoTigers #WarDamnEsgle
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2016, 11:13:47 am
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog 12h12 hours ago

A LOSS FOR WORDS: Auburn's season ends in blowout loss to Vols http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/basketball/men/a-loss-for-words-auburn-s-season-ends-in-blowout/article_350078a4-e67b-11e5-91af-57a78e90d080.html …

Auburn's season ends in a 97-59 loss to Tennessee that wasn't as close as the score looked. Worst loss of the season for Auburn (maybe ever)

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There was no Cinderella run this year. No shocking the rest of the Southeastern Conference. This Auburn team wasn’t destined for another prolonged stay in Nashville.

For Bowers, Harris and the rest of the Tigers, it was a one-and-done affair at Bridgestone Arena. Auburn endured its worst loss of the season — and its worst in 11 years —

“I’m not discouraged by the future of our program,” Pearl said. “I’m very disappointed in our play at times. I didn’t think we played together offensively, and there were times teams played harder than we did. Tennessee played harder than we did tonight. They wanted it more. As a result, they got it.”

The Volunteers (14-18) got it right from the opening tip. They opened the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back as they led from start to finish.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 26, 2016, 08:29:41 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 18h18 hours ago

Bruce Pearl had knee surgery Monday: http://ow.ly/ZVSZS 

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Auburn coach Bruce Pearl underwent total knee replacement surgery Monday.

The surgery is the second major operation for Pearl in the last two years. He underwent back surgery in the days leading up to his debut as Auburn's coach in 2014.

The surgery on Pearl's left knee was performed in Pensacola, Florida by Dr. Brett Smith under the recommendation of Dr. James Andrews.

"I'm extremely thankful for Dr. Smith, Dr. Andrews and Dr. Goodlett for their expertise and care," Pearl said in a statement. "At Auburn, we have the best team of doctors and medical and training staff in the country.

"The knee was in really bad shape, and it feels absolutely wonderful now. It is amazing, and I am very fortunate. I will spend a lot of time with our trainers, and it will get me close to the players this spring while working on rehab."

Pearl is expected to use a walker for two weeks.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2016, 09:39:20 am
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 15h15 hours ago

Auburn expecting Tahj Shamsid-Deen to take medical redshirt, return for 2016-17
http://bit.ly/235TiYO 

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Auburn expects point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who underwent a second surgery on his right shoulder in January, to take a medical redshirt and return for the 2016-17 season.

Tigers coach Bruce Pearl told AL.com he has spoken with Shamsid-Deen and Dr. James Andrews, who operated on Shamsid-Deen's shoulders three times in less than a year, and believes the 5-foot-9, 175-pound guard will be back.

"While a final decision has not been reached, I would be anticipating Tahj taking a medical redshirt," Pearl said. "That decision has not been reached but that would be my lean after listening to the doctors and listening to Tahj. He is rehabilitating and he is training like he's coming back."

With Shamsid-Deen returning and four-star signee Jared Harper set to arrive this summer, Auburn will have two points guards on its roster for next season and Pearl is looking to add another via a graduate transfer.

"With Jared coming in, I've got great confidence that Jared will play the position," Pearl said. "So that's already one more point guard than we had at the end of the year last year. But we are actively out there recruiting and watching the transfer market."
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Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2016, 09:24:09 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 13h13 hours ago

The #Auburn basketball team won this weekend, and the Tigers didn't even play http://ow.ly/10hMIC

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Scarblog: They won because they didn't lose Chuck Person to UAB.

Person interviewed for the UAB job Thursday in Houston but, as AL.com reported, he was told Saturday the Blazers are going in a different direction.

UAB may still hire a quality coach. Auburn gets to keep one.

Bruce Pearl said he had "mixed emotions" about Person interviewing for the UAB job, but make no mistake. The Auburn head coach did not want to lose Person at all, let alone to an in-state program where he could recruit against the Tigers for the local talent in the upcoming classes.

Instead Pearl and Person will keep working together, building a roster that's going to be hard for UAB to beat the next three times they meet in their four-game series.

See 2016 five-star swingman and Auburn signee Mustapha Heron, and 2017 five-star Auburn commitment Austin Wiley.

Which One of Them is Not Like the Others
Remember that Auburn, as healthy and deep as it would be all year, beat UAB in this season's opener. It's only a matter of time - and a little good fortune for a change - before the Tigers collect big moments like beating UAB, Kentucky and Alabama and weave them into a big season.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2016, 07:36:28 am
Tyler Harris took home the top honor at the 27th annual Auburn Basketball Awards Banquet Sunday night (oh no he didn't). (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/04/tyler_harris_takes_top_honor_a.html)

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The graduate transfer from Providence was named the best all-around player and winner of the Paul Lambert/Tommy Joes Eagles Memorial Trophy. Harris averaged 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. In arguably his best performance, the big man posted 21 points and 11 rebounds in the upset over No. 13 Kentucky as the Tigers snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

True freshmen Horace Spencer and Bryce Brown took home two awards apiece.

Spencer led the team with 65 blocks and was given the Outstanding Defensive Player award and the Most Improved Player Award. Brown became a star by averaging 10.1 points in 24.7 minutes per game and earned the Sixth Man Award and the John Mengelt Free Throw Award. Brown shot 82.6 percent from the foul line. His 78 3-pointers set a school record.

Jordon Granger was also honored twice, earning the the Sonny Smith Outstanding Teammate and the SEC Community Service Team. Granger played multiple positions on the court for the Tigers in his final season.

The Iron Tiger Award went to Cinmeon Bowers, who averaged 10.5 points per game and ranked second in the SEC with 9.6 rebounds.

Tyler Harris ‏@1TimeTy 13h13 hours ago

To the Auburns fans for not being able to make the banquet tonight @coachbrucepearl @ChuckPerson45

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Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2016, 07:18:49 am
Todd Golden has been hired as an associate head coach at the University of San Francisco, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. He played with current San Francisco coach Kyle Smith at Saint Mary’s.

Golden has been on Auburn’s staff since 2014, when Auburn coach Bruce Pearl hired him as director of basketball operations. Pearl promoted him to assistant coach last season. (https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/auburn-loses-assistant-coach)
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Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2016, 05:35:15 pm
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea  3h3 hours ago
Houston PG Ronnie Johnson @showtheworld3 committed to Auburn, source confirms. Grad transfer eligible immediately.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2016, 04:31:53 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 1h1 hour ago

#Auburn has been no stranger to transfers under Bruce Pearl, and DeSean Murray could be the next in line:

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Since his arrival at Auburn in March 2014, Cinmeon Bowers, Kareem Canty, T.J. Dunans, Tyler Harris, Antoine Mason and K.C. Ross-Miller have all left their respective colleges to play for the Tigers.

Houston's Ronnie Johnson is set to become Pearl's seventh incoming transfer after the point guard announced Monday he'll spend his final season on the Plains. Presbyterian College's DeSean Murray could be the eighth.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound forward led the Big South in scoring with 20.2 points per game and ranked fourth with 7.4 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore. He's looking for a new home, and has narrowed his choices to Auburn and Middle Tennessee State.

"Honestly I just want to go to a bigger school with better competition," Murray told AL.com. "I just feel like I can play with the best. I want to improve my game and will get a year to do that. I just want to be in the best style of play for me with coaches who are a better fit for me."

Murray is expected to visit Auburn this weekend after recently hosting Pearl at his home to review the roster and how he could fit into the system as a small forward and power forward.

"(Pearl) just talked to me about the program," Murray said. "From what he said, I really liked it. I'm really interested in Auburn... I like his coaching and his history. He told me a lot and it just seems like he really needed me as a player."
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Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2016, 09:36:10 am
Auburn lands MEAC defensive player of year, third graduate transfer of offseason (https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/auburn-lands-meac-defensive-player-of-year-third-graduate-transfer-of-offseason)

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Graduate transfer forward LaRon Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward, committed to Auburn...

Smith averaged seven points and three blocks last season with Bethune Cookman and was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He is the third graduate transfer to join Auburn this offseason, joining guard Ronnie Johnson and forward DeSean Murray as Auburn’s 2016 grad transfers.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2016, 11:15:24 am
Auburn’s Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who dealt with multiple shoulder surgeries in the last two seasons, announced Friday his career has ended and he will not return next season. Center Trayvon Reed, who dealt with legal troubles and spent a stint in jail after an alleged assault during a shoplifting incident, has left the program... (https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/2-auburn-basketball-players-leaving-program)

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“Tahj gave it all he had,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said...
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Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2016, 09:36:34 pm
DeSean Murray is officially an Auburn Tiger.

The former Presbyterian College forward has signed his National Letter of Intent (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/05/transfer_desean_murray_signs_w.html)

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"DeSean Murray was a dominant player in mid-major college basketball in the Big South," said Pearl, according to a university press release. "I talked to a number of coaches in that league who said that if he had the chance, they thought he could be a really effective player at the high major level.

"More than just glue and being a great teammate, DeSean has a pretty complete game. While playing with and against more talented players night in and night out, I am excited to see what he can do."

As a sophomore last fall he shot 54.3 percent from the field and led the Big South in scoring by averaging 20.2 points per game. He also contributed 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 assists per contest.

"During the offseason I'm going to be focused on improving my game and becoming a better team player," Murray told AL.com. "I want to help my team anyway I can during that season. I won't be on the court, but I want to help any way I can off the court in practice and everything."

Five-star guard Mustapha Heron, four-star guardJared Harper and four-star forward Anfernee McLemore have also signed with the Tigers.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2016, 07:52:15 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 14m14 minutes ago

It's been 3 months since Kareem Canty left the #Auburn basketball program. How's he been? http://ow.ly/aY4m300t4v6

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In the three months since he unceremoniously left the Auburn basketball program, Kareem Canty has had a lot of time to think.

To reflect. To hate watching his former team struggle without him. To go overseas and return to the United States to train and pursue his dream of playing professional basketball...

Harlem, New York native led Auburn with 18.3 points and 5.3 assists per game during his 21 starts at point guard and helped deliver back-to-back wins over Kentucky and Alabama that were the high point of Auburn's season.

But Canty's actions after those wins ended his college career and effectively sent the Tigers into a tailspin, as Auburn went 2-8 beginning with his two-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team" and eventual departure.

Both Canty and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said the suspension was due, at least in part, to an altercation with Steven Pearl, Bruce's son and Auburn's director of basketball operations.

Bruce Pearl said there was more than one incident that caused him to suspend Canty indefinitely.

"It wasn't just a run-in with my son, Steven, there was a series of run-ins," Pearl said. "Kareem is passionate and he's intense and there were times where he was as good as anybody out there on the floor. Had we had more success, had I had a little bit more depth, had we had some better players to play with I really think he could have survived it and not made some of the mistakes that he made."

No projections have Canty, a 6-foot, 183-pound point guard, being drafted, so he is leaving his options open as to whether to try and make it to the next level via the NBA D-League or playing in Europe.

"The key is getting a good agent, getting a couple of tryouts, see if he can catch on," Pearl said. "Then he's going to have to make a choice between whether he goes to the D-League and stays home and stays ready to see if he can get called up for some 10-day contracts or goes overseas and makes a little bit more money."

Canty says he is six hours away from graduating from Auburn and when the time is right, hopes to return to finish his coursework.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2016, 07:55:29 am
Lee-Scott's Heath Huff to walk on at Auburn next season

6-foot-10 forward averaged 11.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/05/lee-scotts_heath_huff_to_walk.html)

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"I've wanted to play for Auburn ever since I was a little boy," Huff told AL.com on Wednesday afternoon. "I grew up watching pretty much every Auburn team, and my granddad played for Auburn and pretty much my whole family went to Auburn. It just means so much living in Auburn and growing up an Auburn fan to finally get to have a chance to be a part of it and play for them."

His grandfather, John Huff, played at Auburn between 1938-40 when Ralph "Shug" Jordan coached the basketball team.

Huff also played AAU ball with Auburn signee Jared Harper for the Southern Stampede before Harper switched AAU clubs this past season. The two only played in a few tournaments together before Harper switched teams, according to Huff, but built a solid relationship during their time together on the court — and Huff is excited to rekindle it at Auburn and "see what we can do with the program the next few years."

"Coach Pearl has been great," Ray Huff said. "He was straight up with him and told him he had a special place in his heart for walk-ons and he'd be given the same opportunity every other player would be given and would have to earn everything he got. That's all Heath wants. He said if you understand that and you want the spot, it's yours. He said he did."
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Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2016, 07:37:08 am
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Five-star Auburn pledge Austin Wiley returned to the court, after injuring his ankle in his state playoffs in March.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 09, 2016, 09:11:44 am
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Post by: jbcarol on June 14, 2016, 05:51:19 pm
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Bruce Pearl’s early commitments have pushed Auburn to the top of the heap on the national level, according to Scout.com’s first 2017 class rankings.

Auburn has commitments from the nation’s No. 8 (forward Austin Wiley) and No. 36 (guard Davion Mitchell) prospects.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2016, 07:41:45 am
Auburn forward Horace Spencer is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks after having meniscus surgery on his left knee, Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl has confirmed (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2016/06/horace_spencer.html)

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The surgery took place June 14 in Phenix City and "went well," according to Pearl, who expects Spencer back in early September.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder is expected to compete for a starting job in his sophomore season after the departure of fellow forwards Cinmeon Bowers, Jordon Granger and Tyler Harris.

"This is a big year for Horace," Pearl said. "It's a tough break for him to miss the summer, but he is already ahead of schedule in his rehab, and he has a healthy knee. He has to keep working hard in the weight room and working hard academically. He will be good to go probably in September."

Spencer played in every game for the Tigers (11-20) last year and started 18. He averaged 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per contest. He led the team with 65 blocks.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2016, 01:45:05 pm
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 2h2 hours ago

Bruce Pearl has brought in six newcomers to Auburn for the third straight year

Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl lamenting NCAA selection committee's use of "top-50" wins, suggesting 50 is an arbitrary number.

Pearl thinks the committee could just as easily consider top-68 or top-75 wins. SEC had a lot of teams between 50-70 last year in RPI.

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Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2016, 10:21:38 am
https://twitter.com/Tomas_Verde/status/747553023942103040

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Entering the third year of his reconstruction project at Auburn, Bruce Pearl believes he will finally see some dividends on the court.

Pearl's Auburn teams have had their moments in each of his first two seasons, but the overall results have been lacking. The Tigers made an improbable run to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in 2015 but finished the year 15-20 overall, including 4-14 in the SEC. Last season, Auburn posted back-to-back wins against then-No. 14 Kentucky and archrival Alabama at home, but the team lost 12 of its final 14 games and finished just 11-20 overall.

Pearl stressed multiple times last season that he wished he could provide Auburn with a more immediate return on its investment in the form of on-court results. That could finally come this upcoming season.

"We've upgraded the recruiting the last couple of years, we've had some good classes, and that's going to start paying off for us on the court," Pearl said Monday during the SEC coaches teleconference.

Auburn's roster has had considerable turnover the last two years, and the team will have to replace a handful of key players from last season's team. Guard Kareem Canty left the team late last season to pursue a professional career, while forwards Cinmeon Bowers, Tyler Harris and Jordon Granger all graduated. Meanwhile, guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen called it a career after having to undergo another shoulder procedure.

"I think one of the things to building a consistent program and building a winner, building a team that can be in the Tournament is bringing guys back," Pearl said. "I've just not been able to bring enough guys back to matter but we're getting closer."

While Auburn returns key contributors from last season like rising senior T.J. Dunans, junior TJ Lang and sophomores Bryce Brown and Horace Spencer, as well as sophomore New Williams, the Tigers will have a very different-looking roster again this season with six new faces joining the fold — seven if you include redshirt freshman Danjel Purifoy, who was forced to sit out last season due to eligibility issues.

Auburn added a pair of graduate transfers this offseason in Ronnie Johnson and LaRon Smith, who will be eligible immediately, as well as Presbyterian transfer Desean Murray, who will have to sit out a season. Auburn also brought in three freshmen: guard Jared Harper, forward Anfernee McLemore and five-star guard Mustapha Heron — the first five-star signee in program history.

"Of our top 12 or 13 guys, seven or eight of them are freshmen or sophomores so we've got a very good, young foundation built," Pearl said.

The key will now be figuring out which of those younger players will emerge as leaders to help the Tigers turn things around.

"When coaches lead, we can win games," Pearl said. "When players lead, you can win championships..."
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Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2016, 07:12:02 am
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Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2016, 07:12:16 am
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Post by: jbcarol on August 12, 2016, 12:20:14 pm
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Post by: jbcarol on August 12, 2016, 12:21:40 pm
https://twitter.com/JamesCrepea/status/764104549313511424

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"He's been the greatest blessing," Jacobs told SiriusXM's College Sports Nation on Thursday. "He is competitor and a winner. He struggled the last couple of years but let me tell you this, if he can't get it done here in men's basketball, then I'm for tearing down the arena and plowing up the ground and planting peas.

"He loves what he does. What he told me, he said, 'Jay if I take the Auburn job you can rest assure of one thing: I'm going to be all-in.' I tell you what, he has been all-in. He's been the best ambassador we've had. Obviously you've seen some recruiting rankings that one had us as No. 1 recruiting class in the nation next year. What he's doing is phenomenal. He has fit in great. He's a northern guy but he has southern culture, he fits in right here with us."

Pearl took over one of the least successful programs in our nation.
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Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2016, 07:24:35 am
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 12h12 hours ago

Bruce Pearl and Auburn just landed the No. 23 player in Class of 2018 — 4-man E.J. Montgomery. Has 3 Top 75 players committed in ’17 class.
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Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2016, 09:08:34 am
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Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2016, 07:20:14 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/782016697419042816

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AUBURN, Ala. — At one point in his first practice of his third basketball season at Auburn on Friday evening, Bruce Pearl turned toward former Tigers head coach Sonny Smith, who was observing the action on the sidelines.

“Wouldn’t you’ve loved to have this much athleticism when you were coaching?” Pearl asked Smith.

Smith gave Pearl a confident nod [knowing he had coached Charles Barkley and Chuck Person]. Pearl then turned around to his players and implored them to use all that quickness and length during full-court defensive drills.

Pearl’s question to Smith was the main theme of Auburn’s first practice of the 2016-17 men’s basketball season —
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Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2016, 09:28:36 am
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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2016, 09:52:25 am
https://twitter.com/RyanABlack/status/781592313340502016

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The past two seasons, Auburn has combined to go 26-40 overall. But you wouldn’t know it by the way the Tigers are recruiting.

For the first time in the history of the program, Auburn signed a consensus five-star prospect in 2016: Mustapha Heron, a freshman guard from Waterbury, Conn. All the Tigers have done since signing Heron is land two more five-star commitments in subsequent classes: 2017 power forward (and Auburn legacy) Austin Wiley and 2018 power forward E.J. Montgomery. In addition to Wiley, the Tigers have a pair of four-star commits — point guard Davion Mitchell and small forward Chuma Okeke — in the 2017 cycle, pushing its class to No. 1 in the 247Sports Composite rankings nationally.

The momentum picked up more steam Thursday, as four-star power forward Jared Jones became Auburn’s first commitment for 2019.

But the question is, how are the Tigers doing what they’re doing in recruiting? How has Auburn placed itself among the elite of the elite —  Duke and Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina — in nabbing recruits every other team in the country wants despite its recent on-court struggles?

Bruce Pearl, entering his third season as Auburn’s coach, said there are multiple reasons for the success he and his staff have had on the recruiting trail.

One is Auburn’s proximity to the recruiting hotbed of Atlanta. Another is its academic reputation. And then there’s his coaching staff...
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Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2016, 08:29:02 am
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Auburn will have a fresh face at point guard this season as Ronnie Johnson and Jared Harper continue to compete for the starting job.

Harper may only be a freshman, but he's already making waves in preseason practices. He's picking up the scheme quickly and has developed into one of the best shooters on the roster, a major reason he caught the eye of head coach Bruce Pearl.

"I said a long time ago, you guys are going to want to buy tickets to watch him play," Pearl said after Auburn's first fall practice last week. "You're going to want to come to practice and watch him play and go, 'Really?' He's pretty good."

The penultimate promoter
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Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2016, 09:42:35 am

Jeff jones
‏@Jeffcatwde

@franfraschilla Can Bruce get Auburn into postseason this year?
4:32 PM - 16 Oct 2016


 Fran Fraschilla ‏@franfraschilla 15h15 hours ago Des Moines, IA

Fran Fraschilla Retweeted Jeff jones

Yes. Talent base better & on reasonably equal footing with everyone minus UK
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Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2016, 08:18:29 am
Jerry Tipton ‏@JerryTipton 20h20 hours ago

Pearl: "I have the 2nd best home-court (edge) besides Ky. I have no excuses. If I can't win at Auburn in the next couple years, it's on me."
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Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2016, 07:38:54 am
https://twitter.com/WesleySinor/status/792194310661890048

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Bruce Pearl feels there's an excitement around his Auburn men's basketball team this season, but he's also doing his best to temper outside expectations.

"People are excited about our basketball program because they've seen us win some games and have some moments with some challenge for us," Pearl told reporters this week during a fundraising event at Robert Trent Jones Grand National in Opelika. "They know that we now have more talent and more depth."

Pearl, entering his third season on the Plains, says the 2016-17 Tigers are the youngest team he's ever been a part of as a head coach or an assistant coach. The team is made up of seven freshmen, five sophomores, three juniors and four seniors.

Tigers will be undersized — the tallest scholarship players on the roster are Horace Spencer and LaRon Smith, who are both listed at 6-foot-8.

"Our challenges are going to rebounding the basketball, defending physically, playing fast, which is to our strength because of our speed and quickness and depth," Pearl said. "But without ourselves being out of control. Can we make the opponent go fast and out of control without being out of control ourselves? That's going to be our real challenge. We will be getting better throughout the season. That's one thing I know."

Auburn was picked to finish 11th in the SEC this month at SEC Basketball Media Days in Nashville. The Tigers went 15-20 in Pearl's first season on the Plains and 11-20 last season.

"In my locker room, I'm using that as motivation," Pearl said. "But I understand why we're picked 11th... I will tell you what. We've had 10 times more visitors from the NBA this fall than we have in the past because they recognize the young talent that we have. At the same time, they all tell me, 'You are by far the smallest team I've seen in your league.'"
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Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2016, 10:25:01 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/794315066778800128

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Bruce Pearl plans to play two point guards this season, but true freshman Jared Harper will start when the Tigers begin their season Friday night.

Harper competed against graduate transfer Ronnie Johnson for the starting role during the preseason and though the two possess similar skill sets, Harper established himself as the frontrunner ahead of the Tiger’s’ exhibition opener against Montevallo.

“I’ve said that Jared Harper is worth the price of admission. I believe that,” Pearl said. “He is a very a smart player. They’re both fast and they’re both quick and they both can go by and they’re both pretty good defenders, so not a lot changes. They can both shoot the perimeter shot, so there’s not a lot that changes when one comes out and the other one comes in. But you can see how special Jared is and how special he’s going to be.”
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Post by: jbcarol on November 09, 2016, 01:05:43 pm
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6-foot-11, 250-pound center, Austin Wiley headlines an Auburn recruiting class that also features four-star point guard Davion Mitchell and four-star forward Chuma Okeke.

Auburn's 2017 signing class, Bruce Pearl's third since arriving on the Plains, is ranked No. 5 nationally and best in the SEC.

Charles Barkley and Chuck Person were not in the same signing class.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2016, 07:43:36 am
https://twitter.com/WesleySinor/status/796802737728065536

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"I know it will be exciting and I know this by watching them practice — we look a lot better getting off the bus than we have in a while," Jacobs said. "(Pearl) can start as many as three freshman. Just like he says, they can score, but he's not real sure they can play defense yet because playing defense at this level is different."

Auburn hasn't advanced to the NCAA Tournament since 2003, the longest drought in the SEC. Nevertheless, Jacobs is cautiously optimistic and feels the enthusiasm around the program is "high." He also pointed out that Auburn has sold out of season tickets for the third year in a row under Pearl.

"Bruce is such a competitor," Jacobs said. "They had a scrimmage this past weekend and he felt OK about it, but competitive people like him and like me, sometimes you see the negative better than you see the positive. That's just what makes him who he is. It will be a fun time.

"Bruce's expectations are as high as mine. People are enjoying watching basketball and we'll have a chance to compete for some games and win. Beating Kentucky last year was big for us. Just goes to show he's a great coach and he can win sometimes with less talent than others.

"As (Pearl's) talent begins to build up - like some people are saying we have a great recruiting class," Jacobs said. "We don't know that. I mean they're rated No. 1 in some areas, but until they get on the court and prove it you don't really know. But we're excited about who we have coming in. They're great young men with great character and integrity. It will be real fun to watch."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2016, 07:15:34 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 1h1 hour ago

Auburn freshman Mustapha Heron goes 8-8 from the field & finishes with 24 & 10 in a win over Eastern Kentucky. Tigers head to Cancun at 3-0.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 23, 2016, 06:48:40 am
https://twitter.com/WesleySinor/status/801231190825041920

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Auburn's in the tournament championship after holding off Texas Tech. Jared Harper goes 1-for-2 in his final trip to the line before LaRon Smith comes up with a big block in the paint in the final seconds as Texas Tech's Aaron Ross attempts to tie the game. The final shot, a long 3-pointer, is no good.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2016, 07:39:04 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@Michael_Carvell 52m52 minutes ago

Auburn basketball: Chalking up Purdue loss as learning lesson, these Tigers different

https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/auburn-basketball-purdue-loss-cancun-bruce-pearl-schedule

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I think Auburn had a good showing in Cancun. However, while youth is this team’s biggest strength, it’ll also be its biggest weakness. Last night the inexperience showed against a seasoned, battle-tested Purdue team that knew how to weather the Tigers’ first half storm and close them out with solid play, suffocating defense and dead-eye shooting down the stretch —
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2016, 08:38:16 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/803587112272560128

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Texas Tech and Purdue combined to outscore Auburn 95-59 in the second half. While the Boilermakers were blowing the game open after a two-point lead at halftime, Auburn nearly squandered a 15-point lead against the Red Raiders.

"At times we showed how young we are," Pearl said. "There's no denying it. But we were still able to survive Texas Tech's comeback and played even with Purdue for about 28 minutes, or something like that, but I thought our youth showed a little bit. ...

"Disappointed that we didn't play better against Purdue, and certainly got some things exposed, but excited about getting back to work again (Tuesday) night."

Pearl hones on defense and is trying to incorporate more press this season with a deeper squad but until some of the younger players learn to play at the college level it's still a phasing in process.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2016, 08:02:48 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/808297819215958016

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"It's unbelievable that Auburn's never played there," said Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, who is 2-2 in his career at MSG. "We get a chance to play there, so let's go out there and take on the responsibility of representing the SEC, representing Auburn basketball and show them a brand of basketball. Those people know their game. It's like going to Kentucky: They know basketball at Kentucky; they know it. If you show up and you play like a clown and you don't play together - they're not easily impressed.

"They're not easily impressed in the Garden. So, let's go out there and try to impress them."

The mystic and lore of being under the iconic roof of the Garden can be overwhelming.

For multi-game events like tonight's Under Armour Reunion, in which Auburn and Boston College (5:30 p.m. CT, FS1) serve as the opening act before South Carolina and nearby Seton Hall take the floor, the crowd of over 19,000 is split four ways but it is by no means equally dispersed.

Auburn (6-1) will have a sizeable fan presence, having sold over 1,000 tickets and that will be important in a building that traditionally gets behind the underdog, which will likely be Boston College (4-5), when it has no other rooting interest.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 14, 2016, 03:02:12 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/809093643046912000

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“Bryce Brown and Horace Spencer will not practice today nor will they play tomorrow,” Pearl said. “Unfortunately they were arrested for misdemeanor possession. We’re disappointed. They’re embarrassed. These are really good kids that have done a lot of really good things and they made a mistake and they are going to pay a price for that mistake.”

The news came following Auburn’s first-ever appearance in Madison Square Garden

"I'll never take the boys to the Garden again." -- Adolph Rupp
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2016, 06:11:26 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/809196301246222336
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2016, 01:52:42 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/810920520149569537
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2016, 12:33:44 pm
https://twitter.com/brandonsudge/status/814688518094094337

At one point earlier:

Jay G. Tate ‏@JayGTate 17h17 hours ago

GAME THREAD | Mustapha Heron is heating up 🔥🔥; Auburn leads UGA 64-52.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2017, 03:44:20 pm
https://twitter.com/bmarcello/status/817438924532498432

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn has more than 15 games remaining on the schedule, but the Tigers already need to look in the mirror.

Team defense has been atrocious at times this season, and losing the first two SEC games of the season by double digits has opened eyes across the SEC.

“We’re clearly at a crossroads early in the season as far as what the future is going to hold,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “Is this going to be a postseason team, is this going to be a team that gets better throughout the season? Or is it going to show its youth?”

Auburn ranks 239th in the country in defense (74.3 points per game), which is second-to-last in the SEC, behind only Ole Miss, which the Tigers host Saturday at 5 p.m. CT inside Auburn Arena.

Pearl pointed to the youth in the lineup, which includes four starting freshmen, to Auburn’s breakdowns on defense. Pearl also pointed to himself to make a course correction for a team that everyone has figured out how to defend and how to attack offensively. It’s up to him to coach these young players and improve them as the SEC slate continues.

“Over a period of time books get written and you get exposed for what you can do,” Pearl said. “Then the question is, can you then make the adjustments as either a coach or as a player to be able to, despite of the fact that the scouting report is out there on you, continue to be successful. That’s probably where we face ourselves right now.”

Simply put, Auburn is at a cross roads as a staff and roster. The Tigers are also not “great” at any one facet of the game, Pearl admitted.

“We’re good in a lot of areas, but we don’t have that killer dimension to sort of go to,” Pearl said.

Changes could be coming to Auburn’s lineup, but inserting Anfernee "Penny" McLemore at the four spot on the floor in place of Daniel Purifoy will not be a consideration, Pearl said.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2017, 01:30:24 pm
https://twitter.com/matthewcstevens/status/817924749154258944

Pearl: "I'm looking at it as I'm 10-5 going to Columbia."

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Bruce Pearl is running out of options for this 2016-17 season and it’s just the first week in January.

Earlier this week, the Tigers third-year coach blamed youth on its defensive breakdowns in its first two Southeastern Conference losses. On Saturday, it was a veteran group that left Auburn down in an 88-85 loss to Mississippi for the Tigers third straight conference loss. Dating back to last season, Auburn has lost 12 of its last 14 conference games.

It was Auburn veterans and players who freshman forward Anfernee "Penny" McLemore called “team leaders” earlier this week that missed shots, failed on defensive assignments and were outhustled in a second-half collapse that saw Ole Miss recover from an 8-point halftime deficit to put up 55 points in the final 20 minutes.

“Disappointed with the outcome, pleased with the effort and I thought we get better tonight,” Pearl said. “Our second-half defense was not as good but I think it has a lot to do with Ole Miss’ offense.”

Auburn’s upperclassmen, which includes Ronnie Johnson, T.J. Dunans, LaRon Smith and TJ Lang, failed to stop this three-game losing skid that has all but erased a solid 10-2 start to non-conference play.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2017, 07:34:44 am
The mindset of Auburn basketball amid 0-3 start to SEC play (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2017/01/the_mindset_of_auburn_basketba.html)

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If Auburn was at a "crossroads" prior to Saturday's loss to Ole Miss, the Tigers are nearing must-win territory less than two weeks into SEC play.

Auburn (10-5, 0-3 SEC) is off to its worst start in conference play since 2013-14, Tony Barbee's final year as coach, after an 88-85 loss to the Rebels that featured a squandered halftime lead and furious but incomplete attempt at a comeback.

Auburn's effort was clearly better on Saturday even if the result was the same. The Tigers erased a 10-point deficit in the final 3:47 thanks to Jared Harper scoring 16 of the team's final 19 points.

Harper said the team's goals, which include a postseason appearance, remain the same.

"We're just enjoying the process," Harper said. "Everything is not going to be perfect throughout the season. We didn't [sic] we were going to to undefeated. Maybe we didn't think we would go 0-3, but we're accepting that and we're just clearing our minds, going into practice (Sunday) with a clear mind ready to play Missouri."

An 0-3 start is not insurmountable, but a win at Missouri (5-9, 0-2 SEC) on Tuesday (6 p.m. CT, SEC Network) is imperative as Auburn heads to No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 14. A potential 0-5 record in league play would be devastating.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2017, 07:03:57 am
https://twitter.com/AidanB84/status/822950894161510401
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2017, 10:32:05 pm
David Cloninger ‏@DCTheState 2h2 hours ago

Pearl: "Can't simulate (USC's defense) in practice. Nobody does it."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2017, 10:40:11 am
https://twitter.com/Tomas_Verde/status/824077633210249216
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2017, 07:25:06 am
https://twitter.com/finebaum/status/828715979463065602

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Tigers routed Alabama 84-64 at home Jan. 21, then went on the road and beat the Crimson Tide 82-77. Both victories came in front of sellout crowds. But in Pearl’s view, reporters and pundits have “minimized” the significance those wins.

Bruce Pearl:

“To start four freshmen on the road in Tuscaloosa, to get a sweep against a team that was in fourth place, it shouldn’t be minimized. It’s funny; I don’t read the mainstream media much just because I don’t have time, but I’ve been surprised to see some of it be minimized in some ways. To minimize it is actually a knock against us and Alabama. I don’t think either program right now is in a position where, ‘Oh, we turned it over a little bit late, they didn’t play as well as they liked to throughout,’ but it was a good game. It was a sold out environment.

“It’s funny, because we want to complain about basketball in Alabama, but we have a sold out environment, and some in the media want to portray it as no big deal. I’m just saying, ‘Stop.’ It’s a big deal. It’s a big deal. It wouldn’t be a big deal if there was nobody in the building and it didn’t matter. I’m not being critical of anybody here. I’m just not. I just think that, I don’t want to overdo it, but I also don’t want to undersell it. It’s not right to undersell it. Our game was sold out here. Their game was sold there. Let’s forget about the result: When was the last time Auburn and Alabama sold out that series in the same year? What’s the record book on that? It’s been a while. Trust me, I’m over it.

“I’m on to Mississippi State and on to our Tuesday night failures the last couple of Tuesdays. I’ve tried everything on Sundays. We did something different again yesterday, I’m going to do something different today. I got to change defenses or something. I got to do something different to see if we can get this win tomorrow. Thanks.”
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2017, 07:12:57 am
https://twitter.com/KevinScarbinsky/status/832271495581810688

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Scarblog: Pearl should be thrilled about a larger point. His third Auburn team is 16-10, and some people are disappointed. Dissatisfied. On their way to disgusted if the Tigers don't play some second-half defense sometime soon.

Never mind that Auburn hadn't won as many as 16 games in an entire season since 2009 and had only reached that number twice in the previous 13 years. Or that the red-hot Gators beat Kentucky by a larger margin 10 days earlier. Or that Auburn hasn't beaten Florida in the regular season since 1999.

Auburn fans and neutral observers alike now have actual expectations for what has been over time, with rare exceptions, one of the worst programs in the history of SEC basketball.

That's what you call real progress.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2017, 08:15:31 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/838905813557260288

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Auburn (18-13, 7-11 SEC) faces Missouri (7-23, 2-16) in the opening round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. [CST] in Nashville.

 Pearl says the biggest areas for improvement are defense and rebounding.

-- Pearl thinks it will "take a couple" wins for Auburn to get into the NIT. Not sure about CBI.

-- "This year we've got a very young team that I would imagine is going to be excited about the tournament atmosphere... The hardest game to win is the first one."

-- "For us to be able to win a couple games with a young team would pay great dividends moving forward."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2017, 06:58:46 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/839710592436928513

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Pearl’s dreams of a NIT appearance in Year 3 at the helm in Auburn are all but gone. And the coach refused to discuss the possibility of pursuing an appearance in a tournament like the CBI in the moments following a tough 86-83 overtime loss, signaling that this could be the end of the Tigers’ basketball season.

“Obviously Missouri is play [sic] for Coach Anderson and playing relaxed, but we had some pressure on us. We were a couple of wins away from going to play in the NIT. I think we let the pressure get to us a little bit.”
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2017, 03:01:39 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/839925028477091842

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Scarblog: That team that followed a regular season of blown leads and missed opportunities by blowing a lead and missing an opportunity against the worst team in the league?

That team should go home and stay there. That team doesn't deserve to play on. That team hasn't done enough to earn a bid to the NIT, the CBI or the YMCA Invitational.

Or Vegas17?
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on March 13, 2017, 07:21:17 am
 James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea 9h9 hours ago

Auburn 6-10 vs postseason teams: 0-6 vs NCAA Tourney tms, 3-4 vs NIT, 2-0 CIT, 1-0 CBI
2015-16: 6-11 vs postseason tms 2014-15: 8-14
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on April 06, 2017, 06:22:18 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/850109627199090688
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: Vantage 8 dude on April 07, 2017, 01:15:40 pm
Bruce Pearl was always going to be a tough act to follow... Cuonzo Martin started promisingly enough, taking a team missing seven out of the prior year's top ten contributors (and the top three) and embarking on a furious finish to the season, narrowly missing out on an NCAA tournament berth. He even dazzled in recruiting, convincing Memphis-native and seemingly Kentucky-bound five-star recruit Jarnell Stokes to head to Knoxville. But in the first two years of his tenure, every time Tennessee seemed poised to break through, his team instead fell short, often in the most agonizing fashion possible...

... after every hard-fought, disappointing loss, there he is, a saintly presence on the screen: Bruce, Our Once and Future King.

With seven games left on the schedule, does Martin have anything left to change the narrative?

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2014/2/12/5405894/Tennessee-Vols-basketball-is-it-time-for-Bruce-Pearl-Clay-Travis

Pearl's show cause penalty ends in the summer of 2014.
Not to be too critical, however, IMO perhaps the real headline of this thread should have read something more like "Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to just plain" ;) :P 8)
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2017, 04:39:41 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/881269094858752000

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Auburn basketball: Going places.

That's been the idea ever since the Tigers hired Bruce Pearl in what looked like perfect timing for both of them, but three years after starting over together, their marriage hasn't translated into a single postseason trip.

It's always felt like just a matter of time, and the time should be now.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2017, 08:57:59 am
 Jonathan Givony‏Verified account @DraftExpress Jul 7

A half-season in college has really helped Austin Wiley. Body cut up now. Playing significantly harder. Using his length/frame much better.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2017, 02:35:55 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/884845012575563776
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2017, 06:43:35 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/886689474977165312
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 24, 2017, 10:03:20 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/889498523607212033

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Wiley suffered a stress fracture in his left leg and will be out 4-6 weeks, according to a Monday morning statement from Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl.

“You know how tough and committed a young man is when he plays through the pain of a stress fracture,” said Pearl. “He was receiving treatment while in Egypt, but had no way of knowing the extent of his injury. Doctors say it is in a good spot for healing, and he will be fine.”
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on July 27, 2017, 05:54:17 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/890463553051873280

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After a freshman All-SEC campaign last season, Mustapha Heron is looking to improve before the upcoming season after an initial setback from an injury earlier this offseason.

Heron, who ranked ninth in the SEC with 15.2 points and 14th with 6.1 rebounds per game last season, said he had a stress fracture in his left shin that sidelined him during the spring.

"Early in the offseason I had a stress fracture in my (left) shin so that kind of set me back about a month and half," Heron said Wednesday. "I'm still working on coming back from that now. My teammates and coaches are doing a good job of helping me through that."

The injury was previously undisclosed. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said it "developed" and was diagnosed after the season was over but because of its timing, didn't keep Heron from any meaningful team activities early in the spring.

"It was just something that held him out 4-6 weeks, because it was in the spring and we weren't doing a ton," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "But obviously he's doing great (now)."

Heron spent nearly all of Wednesday's practice, Auburn's fourth in preparation for its trip to Italy next month, working with the second-team while Bryce Brown worked as the starting shooting guard.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2017, 04:52:43 am
 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports 15h15 hours ago

We'll continue to update this:

@AuburnMBB assistant Chuck Person facing 6 federal charges including corruption  https://trib.al/tlyF31z
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By Tom Green

tgreen@al.com

Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person has been charged with corruption in a sworn complaint from the FBI and arrested on federal charges.

Person, who has been on Bruce Pearl's staff at Auburn since 2014, is facing six charges, including bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes and gratuities, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and travel act conspiracy, according to court documents. If found guilty, Person could face a maximum of 80 years in prison.

Auburn suspended Person indefinitely and without pay on Tuesday in the wake of the news.

"This morning's news is shocking," the university said in a released statement. "We are saddened, angry and disappointed. We have suspended Coach Person without pay effective immediately. We are committed to playing by the rules, and that's what we expect from our coaches. In the meantime, Auburn is working closely with law enforcement, and we will help them in their investigation in any way we can."

"The picture painted by the charges brought today is not a pretty one," said Joon Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "Coaches at some of the nation's top programs soliciting and accepting cash bribes. Managers and financial advisers circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of one of the world's largest sportswear companies secretly funneling cash to families of high school recruits."

Person is named in the complaint along with Rashan Michel, a Birmingham native whose custom clothing business attracted "hundreds" of clients from the NBA and NFL, according to this 2014 profile. The FBI investigation has also resulted in sworn complaints against Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans, Southern California assistant Tony Bland, Arizona assistant Emmanuel Richardson and Adidas director of marketing James Gatto, as well as several others.

"The nature of the charges brought to light by the federal government are deeply disturbing," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. "We have no tolerance whatsoever for this alleged behavior. Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust. We learned of these charges this morning and of course will support the ongoing criminal federal investigation."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2017, 04:59:57 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 13h13 hours ago

Arizona has postponed its team media day --- slated for Wednesday --- and Auburn has cancelled its Wednesday press conference, per release.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2017, 05:49:40 am
 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 21h21 hours ago

Kevin Brockway Retweeted Stephen D. Wadsworth

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

 Stephen D. Wadsworth‏ @SDWesq

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
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKqBFf6VoAAC4Pe.jpg)

 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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2017, 04:49:18 am
 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

Auburn president on Chuck Person arrest: 'This was an isolated individual'
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/913174285350555648/07WscITM?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/913205756605947905)

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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."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2017, 04:50:10 am
 Tom Green‏Verified account @Tomas_Verde 11h11 hours ago
Replying to @Tomas_Verde

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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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2017, 05:26:57 am
 James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea 19h19 hours ago

Auburn offering full refunds for basketball season tickets
http://bit.ly/2xKb2Sp
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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DK6wNuUW0AA77_K.jpg)(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DK6wQnTXcAAmIV5.jpg)

FBI: Wiley looks good in the post. Knee looks recovered.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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 …
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DK7SUv0VoAAoQ6A.jpg)

Bruce Pearl is talking about team GPA right now


 James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea 17h17 hours ago

James Crepea Retweeted Greg Duckworth
🦅

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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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2017, 05:52:36 am
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Austin Wiley misses second straight practice, will undergo MRI on left leg https://trib.al/AzkyCEZ
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Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 05, 2017, 07:54:36 am
 Kevin Scarbinsky‏Verified account @KevinScarbinsky

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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2017, 05:27:06 am
 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

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."
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol 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:
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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.
Title: Re: Bruce Pearl: The journey from Rocky Top to The Plain
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2017, 05:45:31 am
 James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea

Desean Murray's double-double leads Auburn past Indiana State at Charleston Classic
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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."