Auburn Tigers News: SEC Media Day date announced, Bruce Pearl on missed opportunities

In today's edition of Auburn Tigers News, the SEC Media Day date for Auburn football has been released, and Bruce Pearl shares his reaction to last night's loss.

Feb 28, 2024; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl during the first half
Feb 28, 2024; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl during the first half / Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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In today's edition of Auburn Tigers News, the SEC Media Day date for Auburn football has been released, and Bruce Pearl shares his reaction to last night's loss

The Auburn football program has just begun spring practices, returning to action for the first time since bowl game prep back in December. New signees and transfers have made it to campus, and the Tigers are preparing for the spring scrimmage at the beginning of April.

Meanwhile, the SEC has announced the date for the Tigers' SEC Media Days appearance this summer. For the first time ever, SEC Media Days will be held in Dallas, Texas, as the conference welcomes two new members, Texas and Oklahoma, to the SEC. Head coach Hugh Freeze and player representatives, yet to be announced, will take the stage on July 18.

Last year's player representatives were Elijah McAllister, Luke Deal, and Kam Stutts.

Bruce Pearl shares his reaction to last night's loss

The Auburn Tigers travelled to Knoxville this week to take on the #4 team in the nation, the Tennessee Volunteers. With Tennessee currently sitting at the top of the conference rankings and maintaining one of the most hostile home environments in the country, it was a massive challenge for the Tigers, and ultimately they fell short.

The 82-84 loss effectively removes Auburn basketball from the SEC title race with three games left in the regular season. It was a heartbreaking loss, mostly because the Tigers were so close throughout the contest. They just could not stop Dalton Knecht.

The Tigers are still playing for seeding spots in the SEC and NCAA tournaments, but this loss is a hard one for head coach Bruce Pearl.

“This is going to be a hard one to recover from because we had our chances and just didn't take advantage of the opportunity,” Pearl said, per Auburn Undercover. “We did not seize the opportunity, and that's disappointing."

Auburn basketball will return to action this weekend in Neville Arena when they host the Mississippi Bulldogs at 3pm.