Alright, this latest video definitely confirms it — Auburn University head basketball coach Bruce Pearl is one of a kind.
There is really no denying that Bruce Pearl has been successful as a head coach in college basketball. But his success didn’t just start at Auburn. Sure, he has been the Tigers’ head coach since the 2014-15 season, but prior to that, he was actually the coach of conference rival school Tennessee. As the coach there from 2005 until 2010-11, he led the Volunteers to NCAA tournament berths in every season except his very last. Prior to that, Pearl had stops at the University of Milwaukee and Southern Indiana.
And now he’s seven years into his tenure as the Tigers head coach. During that time Pearl has turned around the program. He’s led the Tigers to 138 wins, two SEC championships, consecutive NCAA tournament berths, and the first-ever appearance for the program in the final four. There’s no question that Coach Pearl has almost single-handedly helped raise Auburn’s national profile.
Because he has been so popular and so successful over the years, Pearl definitely has a following. His words carry some weight around the country and the message that he shared on Friday does as well. Auburn’s coach posted a clip of himself delivering an incredibly passionate speech about patriotism. During the entire thing, Pearl is carrying around and waving the American flag while fans and members of the student body can be heard in the background chanting, “USA! USA! USA!”
Not only does Coach Pearl get his players to play hard for him, but they also go follow their coach out into the local community to spread important messages like this. Take a look at a video of the speech down below:
“At Auburn, we stand at attention for the flag! We love our country! We work and learn how to keep it great! Auburn Men and Women believe in these things! @AuburnU”
Bruce Pearl is the ‘Spirit of Auburn’
There’s a reason why Pearl was given the “Spirit of Auburn” Award back in the spring of 2015. The video he posted on Friday is living proof that he really is the spirit of the university. It seems like fans of the Auburn basketball team and student body members alike definitely agree. So many people took to social media to share just how much they love their head coach.
“That’s not just an Auburn man, that’s an American man and a man of faith,” one person commented on Twitter.
“Doesn’t matter what team you cheer for. I can cheer for this,” an Auburn fan replied.
“You really are the best. Please don’t ever leave Auburn,” another follower pleaded. “We love you, coach!!!”