Pearl Jam Brings Out Enthusiastic Students

Auburn's new head basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, entertained Auburn's students at a pep rally for the 2014-15 season.

Bruce Pearl arrived at Pearl Jam dressed like Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn, which drew cheers for the attendees on Thursday night.

Auburn, Ala.--Bruce Pearl’s “Pearl Jam,” a students only event, drew an enthusiastic crowd to Auburn Arena on Thursday night where AU’s new head basketball coach introduced his team and staff while telling attendees the Tigers need their support to reach their potential.

The coach announced the new name for the student section, which is “Fear the Jungle,” and noted that earlier in the day season tickets for the home games were officially sold out.

Except for the early arrivals getting to see the end of a regular practice session the event did not feature basketball. Instead the coach interacted with the band, cheerleaders and student section as they worked on plans for creating a tough environment for visiting teams, including the coach saying he is open to suggestions on how to make the atmosphere more fun for students.

Pearl told the group it is important to have them at every game because his team needs all the help it can get in a transition season with the roster not where he wants it to be in terms of size and talent.

The Tigers will go on public display at an exhibition contest on Friday, Nov. 7th vs. West Alabama that has been sold out for several weeks except for standing room only tickets. The Tigers will open the regular season a week later vs. one of Pearl’s previous teams, the University o Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The event, for students only, attracted an enthusiastic crowd.

With Pearl giving his take on their performances and which cheers he liked best, the students had cheer practice.

Aubie, as always, was popular while entertaining the crowd at Pearl Jam.

Antoine Mason, a transfer guard from Niagara, takes a jump shot in practice over freshman T.J. Lang (left).

Junior forward Jordon Granger makes a hook shot during practice prior to the Pearl Jam.

Senior guard K.T. Harrell, the team’s leading returner, drives to the basket.

Students posed with the basketball team at the end of the Pearl Jam event.

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