BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl had a face-to-face conversation with SEC commissioner Mike Slive in Birmingham earlier this month.
"We had a good conversation, the commissioner said Monday. He called and I thought he might.
Slive also said he had talked with Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs regarding Pearl's NCAA show-cause penalty, which expires Aug. 24. Once Pearl was hired March 18, the university had 30 days to appeal the penalty.
Ive talked to Jay about it," Slive said. "My understanding is theyre not doing anything about it."
Now that Pearl is back in the league, Slive is interested to see if he can duplicate the success he had at Tennessee, leading the Volunteers to the NCAA tournament in all six years of his tenure.
Bruce is an energetic guy that brings a lot of enthusiasm, Slive said. He and I have had our moments, as I think you all are aware, but I think theres a lot of excitement that hes back in the league, particularly by the folks at Auburn. But well see how he performs.