Auburn coach Bruce Pearl’s tenure at Tennessee ended in turmoil, but he has landed on his feet with the Tigers.
On Sunday, his team beat the Vols 84-64 in the SEC Tournament title game, winning Auburn’s first tourney title since 1985.
After the blowout, though, Pearl didn’t want to rub it in on his former school. Instead, he said he has fond memories of his time in Knoxville:
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl: “I get no pleasure out of beating Tennessee. I spent many wonderful years of my life as a Tennessee Volunteer."
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 17, 2019
Don’t get Pearl wrong — he won’t exactly be giving back Auburn’s two wins over the Vols in the past eight days, but he still has a lot of respect for the school.
Auburn has had Tennessee’s number the past two years. Can the Vols shake it off and regroup for the NCAA Tournament?