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Auburn hires Bruce Pearl as basketball coach
Auburn hires Bruce Pearl as basketball coach

Auburn hired former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl to revive a struggling basketball program that hasn't been to the NCAA tournament in more than a decade. The school announced the hiring on Tuesday of the coach, who remains under a show-cause penalty from the NCAA into August. Pearl, 54, had plenty of success on the court, taking Tennessee to the NCAA tournament in each of his six seasons before being fired in March 2011 after an NCAA investigation. NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said Auburn has 30 days to file a report to the Committee on Infractions either contesting or accepting the show-cause penalty barring Pearl from recruiting until Aug. 23. Auburn Athletic Director Jay...

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