MENS BASKETBALL

Auburn signs Bruce Pearl to five-year contract

Auburn has agreed to terms with men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl for a new five-year contract, Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Friday. The deal will take his contract through the 2023-24 season.

"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."

In five years at Auburn, Pearl has led the program to its first-ever NCAA Final Four in 2018-19, a Southeastern Conference regular season title in 2017-18 and a SEC tournament title this year. Auburn has won 74 games over the last three seasons, the most over a 3-year span in program history, and Pearl is the first coach at Auburn to amass 100 wins in his first five seasons at the helm.

"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.

Auburn has produced 18 graduates over the last four seasons, which is the most in SEC during that span. The Tigers received an Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award marking the first time Auburn has been honored since the award began tracking data in 2004. The NCAA annually honors teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

"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!"

Auburn has sold out of season tickets all five seasons with Pearl at the helm, something that had only been done once in program history prior to Pearl's appointment.

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April 12, 2019

Men's Basketball
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  Matthew Hurt commits to Duke
  Chris Harris Jr commits to Oklahoma State
  Jay Ladner named Southern Miss coach
  Texas State extends Kaspar through 2023
  ODU extends basketball coach Jeff Jones 2 years
  Harlond Beverly commits to Miami
  John Brannen named Cincinnati men's basketball coach
  Cashius McNeilly commits to Texas A&M
  Auburn signs Bruce Pearl to five-year contract
  Austin Crowley commits to Mississippi
  Air Force signs Pilipovich to three-year extension
  Steve Alford named Nevada head coach
  Southern Miss coach Doc Sadler steps down
  Mark Pope named head coach at BYU
  UCLA hires Cincinnati's Mick Cronin as basketball coach
  Virginia 85, Texas Tech 77
  Mike Young named Virginia Tech head coach
  Arkansas names Eric Musselman men's basketball coach
  Minnesota extends Pitino
  Texas Tech 61, Michigan State 51
  Virginia 63, Auburn 62
  Buffalo promotes Whitesell to take over basketball program
  Jerry Stackhouse new head coach at Vanderbilt
  Georgia State hires Tennessee assistant Rob Lanier as coach