Auburn is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, but the question everyone is intrigued by is the job status of Bruce Pearl due to the ongoing investigation by the FBI into scandalous activity by former assistant coach Chuck Person.
For Pearl, the situation is not as up in the air as most believe.
“I’m not going to comment specifically about that, but I am confident when everything is said and done, that I will still be coaching at Auburn,” Pearl said prior to the Tigers practice in San Diego on Thursday.
While Pearl hasn’t been open about everything he knows regarding the investigation, even going as far as not telling Auburn University president Steven Leath what he is aware of, his reputation that precedes him has many predetermining his guilt.
The Tigers, who shared the regular season title with Tennessee and will face College of Charleston in the 1st round on Friday, played the entire season without Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, who were ruled ineligible by the NCAA due to the FBI investigation. Both players were expected to major contributors, especially Wiley, who was a 5-star recruit out of high school and enrolled early in 2016, playing major minutes.
While Pearl is confident that his situation is safe, it would be a surprise if nothing comes out of the trouble surrounding the program.
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