AUBURN BASKETBALL: Despite difficult time away, Bruce Pearl eager to write new legacy on Plains

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 7:36 pm

From the couch of their Knoxville, Tenn., home, Bruce Pearl and his wife, Brandy, watched the University of Cincinnati’s Senior Night festivities prior to the Bearcats’ March 6 game against Memphis.

On the television screen, Mick Cronin stood at midcourt of Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati and hugged senior Sean Kilpatrick. The 5-foot-7 head coach embraced his 6-4 star for 14 long seconds while Kilpatrick openly wept on the right shoulder of Cronin’s suit.

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At the halfway point of 2015, what is the biggest local sports story of the year?

Voting will be open until 11 p.m. Sunday night. Results will be printed in Monday's edition of the Opelika-Auburn News.

Total Votes: 288

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  1. South Carolina Auburn

    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl shakes hands with the crowd after Auburn beat South Carolina 71-68 in their NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 in Auburn.
  2. Mississippi State Auburn

    Auburn's KT Harrell lays in a basket in the second half of the Tigers' loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday night at Auburn Arena. Harrell finished with a game-high 22 points.
  3. Auburn hoops Georgia

    Auburn senior guard KT Harrell (1) shoots a last-second, 3-pointer during the Tigers' 64-61 loss to Georgia in their regular-season finale at Auburn Arena.
  4. Auburn vs Kentucky SEC

    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl calls a play in the first half. SEC Mens's Basketball Tournament Auburn vs Kentucky on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Nashville, TN.
  5. Mississippi Auburn

    Auburn's Jordon Granger finishes off an alley-oop against Ole Miss in the second half of thethe Tigers' 86-79 loss on Saturday.
  6. South Carolina Auburn

    Auburn's Antoine Mason shoots against South Carolina on Jan. 17 at Auburn Arena. The Tigers host Ole Miss on Saturday.
  7. Mississippi Auburn

    Auburn's KT Harrell is stopped by Mississippi defender Anthony Perez in the first half of the Tigers' loss at Auburn Arena on Saturday night.
  8. APTOPIX SEC Auburn Kentucky Basketball

    Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) celebrates his dunk against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
  9. Arkansas Auburn

    Auburn's Malcolm Canada lays in a basket in the first half of the Tigers' loss to No. 24 Arkansas on Tuesday at Auburn Arena.
  10. South Carolina Auburn

    Auburn's KT Harrell drives the ball against South Carolina's Duane Notice in the first half of Saturday's game at Auburn Arena.
  11. South Carolina Kentucky Basketball

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari, right, instructs Andrew Harrison (5) and Tyler Ulis (3) during the second half against South Carolina last Saturday.
  12. South Carolina Auburn

    Auburn senior guard KT Harrell high-fives fan as he walks off the court following the Tigers' win against South Carolina on Jan. 17 at Auburn Arena. Saturday marks Senior Day for Harrell and three other seniors.