Auburn University has hired Bruce Pearl as their new basketball coach, according to their website.
"I'm humbled and blessed to be back in the game that I love," Pearl said. "I don't know how long it will take, but it's time to rebuild the Auburn basketball program, and bring it to a level of excellence so many of the other teams on campus enjoy."
"Coach Pearl is a proven winner who will bring energy and excitement to our program. We have raised the bar for Auburn basketball, and I could not be more excited for our student-athletes and our future under Coach Pearl's leadership. I know he agrees with me — it's time to win.
Pearl coached at Tennessee from 2005 through the 2011 season, taking all six of his teams to the NCAA Tournament, where he went 145-61. He's been an ESPN basketball analyst the last several seasons.
UT fired Pearl in 2011 after an NCAA investigation led to a three-year show cause penalty, which expires in August. Pearl lied to NCAA investigators about a barbecue at his home that was attended by several recruits.
Pearl replaces Tony Barbee, who was dismissed last Wednesday at the end of a 14-16 record.
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ESPN is reporting that former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl is strongly considering the head coaching job at Auburn University.
Sources say Pearl met with Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs on Monday night in Knoxville. Auburn fired Tony Barbee last week after a 14-16 season.
UT fired Pearl in 2011 after an NCAA investigation led to a three-year show cause penalty, which expires in August. ESPN says if Pearl took the job, he would not be allowed to have contact with recruits this summer.
Since then Pearl has been working for ESPN.