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PHOTO GALLERY: Bruce Pearl's introductory press conference at Auburn Arena

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Photographic evidence that, yes, Auburn really hired Bruce Pearl to coach basketball.

Auburn officially introduced Bruce Pearl as head basketball coach Tuesday night at a press conference in Auburn Arena. There was free pizza, there was birthday cake (Pearl turned 54 the same day) and there was a party atmosphere that the program hasn't seen in a while.

If the day is any indication, all the Pearl-related events -- from his first introduction with fans, to the presser, to all of his quotes throughout the afternoon and evening -- show that Auburn basketball is about to enter an exciting era.

Before the festivities began, the head coach sat down with Rod Bramblett, voice of the Auburn Tigers, to talk about his new job.

(All photos via Lauren Barnard and Zach Bland/Auburn University)