‘If you win, there’s always another job’

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Numbers aren’t necessary. Ignore the Wikipedia page. Even Bruce Pearl’s previous accolades fail to edify readers about his coaching prowess.

His brilliance isn’t defined by turning a moribund Tennessee program into the nation’s No. 1 team or to rally a fan base that cared about football first, second and third. It goes beyond that he took the Vols to the cusp of the Final Four; or that he got Milwaukee into the Sweet 16; or that he made Southern Indiana into a Division II powerhouse.

All you need to know about Bruce Pearl is that, in 2015, he is coaching. And not as a superfluous assistant or at a remote program.

He’s at Auburn, an SEC school. He was the most significant hire of last year’s coaching carousel, one that included heavy-hitters like Buzz Williams, Cuonzo Martin and Steve Wojciechowski.

And it all happened despite the fact that Bruce Pearl…

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