Analyst who spread Bruce Pearl to Indiana rumor ripped for having no sources

Mar 2, 2024; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl talks to his players during
Mar 2, 2024; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl talks to his players during / John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Mid-Major Madness's Jordan Majewski has come under fire for not having credible sources regarding the rumor he spread about Bruce Pearl wanting the Indiana job after the Hoosiers announced Mike Woodson would return to coach for the 2024-25 season.

"Buddy there are better ways to get attention but that would take actual work ….Never shocked at how people will say something vague like this that could never be confirmed and then get mad when people call them on it," The War Rapport's Mike Gittens quipped on X.

Majewski stood by his reporting, reiterating that IU Board of Trustees member Quinn Buckner wouldn't sign off on replacing Woodson with Pearl.

"Yesterday was D-Day. It’s not a coincidence that his buyout details were reported yesterday and the decision to retain him announced today," Majewski prefaced before saying, "They tried to sway Buckner (and his votes) to move. He wouldn’t because that’s his golf and cigar buddy."

Bruce Pearl: Auburn 'would be a really, really hard place to leave'

Pearl himself neither confirmed nor denied that he'd stay at Auburn if offered another job, but he did relay how difficult of a decision it'd be to leave the Plains after a decade at the helm of a Tigers program that has leapt into national relevancy under his watch.

"I've liked every place I've been -- I've never liked any place I've been more than Auburn," Pearl said (h/t CBS Sports). "I've liked everywhere. This is the best I've ever been. This would be a really, really hard place to leave."

Closing in on the all-time wins record currently held by Joel Eaves, Pearl would be giving up the chance at immortality by taking a job in the Big Ten at Indiana or Ohio State or in the ACC at Louisville; the latter of which is fast losing its prestige under Kenny Payne's watch.