Bruce Pearl will be at Auburn for the foreseeable future.
The fifth-year coach agreed to a new five-year contract with Auburn that extends through the 2023-24 season, the program announced Friday. The contract extension comes after Pearl led Auburn to its most successful season in program history, culminating in the Tigers’ first-ever appearance in the Final Four and coming 0.6 seconds shy of playing for the national title.
“Under Bruce‘s leadership, our basketball program has reached new heights," Auburn athletics director Allen Greene said. "Our young men continue to thrive in the classroom and on the court. We’ve experienced many firsts, including a well-documented run to the Final Four and a pair of SEC titles. Bruce and his wife Brandy have been very active within the university and the Auburn community and we are appreciative of all of their efforts. Our return on investment is undeniable, and supporting this program from A-to-Z will continue to be a priority. Simply stated, we look forward to having Bruce as the head coach of our basketball program for many years to come.”
Terms of Pearl’s new contract were not immediately made public. AL.com filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the new contract on Friday evening. This past season, Pearl earned $2.6 million in base salary, which was eighth among SEC coaches. Pearl also earned $400,000 in bonuses stemming from Auburn’s on-court success.
According to multiple reports from 247Sports and AuburnSports.com, Pearl’s new deal will pay him $3.8 million annually in 2019-20, with the base salary increasing by $125,000 each year. He would earn $4.3 million in base salary in the fifth year of the contract.