Auburn hires Bruce Pearl as basketball coach

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Auburn has 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.
— Associated Press

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 08: Bruce Pearl the Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers gives instructions to his team during the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on February 8, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 73-61. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Tennessee v Kentucky
LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 08: Bruce Pearl the Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers gives instructions to his team during the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on February 8, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 73-61. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers kneels down on the sideline before the Volunteers were defeated 75-45 by the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers kneels down on the sideline before the Volunteers were defeated 75-45 by the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers walks off the court after the Volunteers were defeated 75-45 by the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers walks off the court after the Volunteers were defeated 75-45 by the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers talks with Josh Bone #24 in the second half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers talks with Josh Bone #24 in the second half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts in the first half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts in the first half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers calls out in the first half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers calls out in the first half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SEC Basketball Tournament - First Round
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 11: Tennessee Volunteers head coach Bruce Pearl directs his team against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational at Consol Energy Center on December 11, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The Volunteers defeated the Panthers 83-76. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
SEC/BIG EAST Invitational - Tennessee v Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 11: Tennessee Volunteers head coach Bruce Pearl directs his team against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational at Consol Energy Center on December 11, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The Volunteers defeated the Panthers 83-76. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers Bruce Pearl on the sideline against the Villanova Wildcats during the Championship game at Madison Square Garden on November 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Preseason NIT - Championship
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers Bruce Pearl on the sideline against the Villanova Wildcats during the Championship game at Madison Square Garden on November 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bruce Pearl looks on from the sideline against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during their preseason NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Preseason NIT - Semifinals
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bruce Pearl looks on from the sideline against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during their preseason NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bruce Pearl looks on from the sideline against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during their preseason NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Preseason NIT - Semifinals
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bruce Pearl looks on from the sideline against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during their preseason NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bruce Pearl looks on from the sideline against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during their preseason NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Preseason NIT - Semifinals
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bruce Pearl looks on from the sideline against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during their preseason NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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