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Auburn Just Signed Its Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl To A Massive Lifetime Contract

Bruce Pearl recently signed what could be his final deal; it’s a large one that will keep him in Auburn until he turns 70.

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Auburn wants to maintain its winning streak because they are aware of it. Bruce Pearl was given an eight-year contract by the institution that would expire in 2030. When the contract expires, Pearl will be 70, and it’s possible that this may be his final agreement.

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In the final year of the contract (the 2029–30 season), Pearl will earn the highest compensation of $7.15 million. After John Calipari of Kentucky and Jay Wright of Villanova, Pearl would rank among the top five highest-paid coaches in the NCAA with the increased yearly compensation. Mike Krzyzewski of Duke also earns more money than Pearl at the moment, but he will retire after this season.

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“My intent when I came to Auburn was to have enough success for this to be my last coaching job. … I am grateful to all of my players, coaches, and support staff for making history. Our family will always call Auburn home. The opportunity to serve as your long-term head coach humbles and blesses me. Fight Eagle!”

Auburn hired Pearl in 2014, three years after he was fired from Tennessee for unethical conduct and other violations. Since 2003, the Tigers hadn’t participated in the NCAA Tournament.

Pearl has guided the Tigers to a 114-39 record since the 2017–18 season, despite the fact that the team struggled in his first several seasons. In both 2018 and 2019, Auburn advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In the previous three years, four players from the program were selected by NBA teams.

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Of course, Pearl’s ultimate objective is to help Auburn win a basketball national championship. The university believes he can do it—and they’re putting up big money in support.

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