Bruce Pearl impersonates Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn (VIDEO)

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The Auburn basketball fanbase has been reenergized since the hiring of Bruce Pearl, and on Thursday night fans got a chance to take in the start of a yearly tradition, “Pearl Jam”, a students-only preseason event aimed to connect the team with the student body.

When Bruce Pearl was introduced, he came out of the tunnel dressed as football coach Gus Malzahn, visor and all. Malzahn has the Tigers currently ranked No. 3 in the college football playoff rankings, a season after bringing them to the national championship game.

Pearl would sure like to replicate that sort of success in his first season on the Auburn sidelines.