Happy belated birthday, Bruce Almighty. Or should that now be Bruce Au-mighty? Either way, welcome back to the Southeastern Conference. The league obviously has missed you, just in case you hadn't noticed those paltry three NCAA bids it's received each of the last two years.
In truth, Tuesday's news that Auburn chose former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl on the occasion of his 54th birthday to revive its dead program walking wasn't quite as surprising as Pearl accepting that gargantuan challenge. Turning around the U.S. Postal Service might be easier.
But after his embarrassing exit from Volsville for lying to NCAA investigators about a barbecue for recruits, of all things, Pearl was apparently ready to take the first job that came with a seven-figure annual salary. Especially if it also carried a Southern zip code, something the Massachusetts native has never been shy about professing his love for after all those early years shoveling snow.
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