Yahoo’s Pete Thamel: ‘I’ll be stunned if Bruce Pearl is Auburn’s coach next year’

Bruce Pearl is in the midst of leading Auburn to one of its best seasons in school history. But one insider thinks it might be Pearl’s last season on The Plains.

Appearing on the Paul Finebaum show, Yahoo’s Pete Thamel said he would be “stunned” if Pearl was back coaching Auburn next season, given the FBI investigation into college basketball.

“I would be stunned if Bruce Pearl is the Auburn coach next year,” Thamel told Finebaum. “I can’t wrap my mind around him being back just using common sense.”

On Thursday, Thamel dropped another bombshell report that stated as many as 3 dozen college basketball programs could be implicated into the FBI’s investigation into the sport. Auburn has already fired on of Pearl’s assistants, Chuck Person, due to his involvement in the case. Person has a court date set for Feb. 4 2019.

Pearl also has a checkered past with the NCAA, as his time at Tennessee ended after it came out that he lied to investigators. He was given a 3-year show cause by the NCAA but was still hired by Auburn in 2014.

Auburn currently sits at 23-3 and 11-2 in the SEC. The Tigers have a 2-game lead on Tennessee in the standings and seem poised to not only win the SEC but also secure a No. 1 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

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