Final Four reward: Auburn announces school has signed Bruce Pearl to extension
Leading Auburn to its first appearance in a Final Four has paid off handsomely for Bruce Pearl as the school announced it has signed the school’s basketball coach to a five-year extension. Pearl’s new deal now runs through the 2023-24 season.
The Tigers won the 2019 SEC Tournament Championship in Nashville last season and rode that momentum nearly to a National Championship Game appearance, as the Tigers fell just short after losing to Virginia in the Final Four.
Pearl has coached at Auburn dating back to the 2014-15 season and has led the program to a 100-72 overall record. The previous two seasons Auburn has advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won at least one game in each tournament.
Following the school’s announcement of Pearl’s new deal, Auburn AD Allen Greene released the following statement.
“Under Bruce’s leadership, our basketball program has reached new heights. Our young men continue to thrive in the classroom and on the court. We’ve experienced many firsts, including a well-documented run to the Final Four and a pair of SEC titles,” Greene said. “Bruce and his wife Brandy have been very active within the university and the Auburn community and we are appreciative of all of their efforts. Our return on investment is undeniable, and supporting this program from A-to-Z will continue to be a priority. Simply stated, we look forward to having Bruce as the head coach of our basketball program for many years to come.”
Pearl also offered up the following statement along with the news.
“I would like to thank President Leath, Allen Greene and the Board of Trustees for their belief. The investment in me and my staff demonstrates their support of the men’s basketball program moving forward. I’m happy and blessed to be at Auburn and live in this wonderful community,” Pearl said.
“I’m grateful to my coaching and support staff for building a competitive men’s basketball program,” Pearl said. “I’m grateful to our players for buying in, working extremely hard and representing what being an Auburn man and student-athlete is all about. We have the best fan base in America. The Auburn Family is for real and, along with The Jungle, create a unique gameday atmosphere. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle!”