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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made a push for Bruce Pearl to get some well-deserved recognition on Thursday.

Auburn football: Tigers coaches offer other programs praise

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Gus Malzahn praises Bruce Pearl 

Gus Malzahn knows what it takes to succeed in the SEC and earn recognition. The Tigers coach was named the 2013 SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and Home Depot (along with many other awards) in 2013 following Auburn’s successful turnaround and trip to the BCS National Championship Game.

And on Thursday, after Auburn’s win against Kentucky, Malzahn pointed out that Bruce Pearl needs to be in conversations about national coaching awards.

Malzahn has been a frequent visitor at Auburn Arena this season, as has the rest of his staff. His players even performed at halftime of the Wednesday night game.

Pearl has managed to keep his staff an players motivated and has led Auburn basketball to the top spot in the SEC — and there’s still a few more weeks of conference play left, too.

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Another look at win over UK 

Just because winning never gets old, take another look at Auburn’s victory against Kentucky. Auburn Arena was as electric as it has been all season and fans helped the Tigers overcome what could have easily turned into a mental hurdle.

Auburn basketball will be back in action on Saturday in Columbia, S.C., before returning to The Plains for its second matchup against Alabama.

Must know weekend prep

This weekend is going to be a busy one in Auburn.

Baseball gets going against Longwood on Friday (5 p.m. CT), while gymnastics hosts Rutgers in Auburn Arena (7 p.m. CT).

Softball is also welcoming Maryland, Georgia State, Delaware and Saint Francis to Jane B. Moore Field for the Tiger Invitational.

Because there’s going to be so much happening, make sure you know the parking situation and keep up with how all the teams are doing.

Tweet of the day 

March is going to be busy, busy, busy.

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