1.30.15 Sports Bruce Pearl
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Former head coach Bruce Pearl, who led the Vols for six seasons, will return to campus Saturday for the match between UT and Auburn.

Pearl's return highlights Tennessee vs. Auburn matchup

When Bruce Pearl walks through the tunnel and onto the court inside Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday, Donnie Tyndall already knows what to expect.

In fact, the first-year head coach has already experienced a similar situation.

On Dec. 28, 2012, Tyndall's Southern Mississippi team traveled to Kentucky to play Morehead State, where Tyndall had coached the previous six years.

The atmosphere surrounding his return: exactly what he believes awaits Pearl.

“With all he’s accomplished, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t get a great ovation,” Tyndall said. “He certainly deserves one, in my humble opinion. When I went ...