Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was fired from his previous coaching job at Tennessee for knowingly violating NCAA rules and lying about it to investigators when he hosted recruits at his home for a barbecue.
Pearl is serving a three-year show-cause penalty and is now taking on the tall task of building the Auburn program into a winner in a league that is also home to perennial powers such as Florida and Kentucky and routinely competitvie programs such as Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and others.
Apparently Pearl is willing to try anything to gain a little traction and attention for his rebuilding project. He suggested this week that it might be a good idea to have the SEC Network over to his home to film what goes into a Pearl barbecue.
“Got to make sure the guest list is what it needs to be,” Pearl told AL.com. “But don’t you think the fans want to see that and understand so much of what we do is beyond just the basketball, it’s about the books. Go in there and watch a coach do class checks or be in a study hall situation where there’s some academic integrity. Those are the kind of things, those stories can be told.”
This is the first time the Pearl family has had a little fun with a troubling episode for the coach's past. Last year, Pearl's son, Steven, poked fun at his father's transgression in an ad for a barbecue restaurant. Steven Pearl is a host for a weekly show on Tennessee Sports Radio.
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