Mike Slive on Bruce Pearl: 'We’ll see how he performs'

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 21, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI/rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comAuburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl wants to hire former Auburn players to be assistant coaches in an effort to build up the Tigers' program.

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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.

“I’ve talked to Jay about it," Slive said. "My understanding is they’re 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 there’s a lot of excitement that he’s back in the league, particularly by the folks at Auburn. But we’ll see how he performs.”

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