AUBURN, Ala. — Negotiations are “ongoing” for Bruce Pearl’s new contract as Auburn basketball coach, according to Tigers athletic director Allen Greene.
On Tuesday evening, Greene told reporters there wasn’t a definite timeline for a new deal for Pearl, but he said the athletic department is committed to keeping the Tigers coach.
“I think those types of things are ongoing,” Greene said Tuesday. “… Bruce and I talk all the time about the future of the men’s basketball program and our responsibility is to be there to support them, to make sure that what we experienced this past year, we experience again.”
On Monday, James Crepea of AL.com reported “discussions were ongoing” between Auburn and Pearl.
Pearl has received several votes of confidence from Greene and Auburn president Steven Leath since the end of the Tigers’ 2017-18 season. Pearl led the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003 and their first SEC regular-season championship since 1999.
The success came after former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person was fired following an FBI investigation into college basketball. Two other members of Pearl’s staff were placed on administrative leave. This offseason, Pearl has hired former Auburn point guard Wes Flanigan as an assistant coach.
Pearl’s current contract is set to expire on June 30, 2020. Last season, Pearl was paid a base salary of $2.5 million, according to USA Today.
When asked if he was committed to Pearl being the face of the Auburn basketball program, Greene voiced his support.
“What I’ve told people is that we’re status quo,” Greene said. “Bruce is our coach, and our responsibility is to support him, his staff and the student-athletes. We want to experience what we experienced last year on a consistent basis. I think in order to do that, we have to have consistency in our head coaching position.
“And again, there are so many things that go on behind the scenes, and he knows that I’m here to support him. I think that really, really helps with his ability to go out and recruit and to help build this program on a national level.”