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Bruce Pearl To Auburn: Who Has The SEC's Best Football/Basketball Program?

by Dan Harralson
Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM EDT



Auburn hired Bruce Pearl Tuesday and made their basketball program an instant success.
There's no doubt Auburn moves a step closer in having one of the more successful football and men's basketball programs within the SEC.
Kentucky has the tradition on the hardwood, but has been non-existent on the gridiron.
Alabama has a storied football program, while the Tide's basketball program has not won a NCAA tournament game since 2006.
LSU has had success in football and basketball, but has not been able to sustain success in hoops continuously.
Georgia has been like Auburn with plenty of success on the football field with spurts of basketball success.
Arkansas won the 1994 basketball national championship and played for the 1995 national championship, but has left the national stage as of late - in both sports.
Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Missouri, South Carolina all have not been dominant in either sport - granted it's too early to tell with Mizzou and A&M.
Tennessee has a storied football program with an up-and-down basketball program - and the other team in the state, Vanderbilt, their football program is well documented over time.
That leaves Florida - and the best SEC school, as far as having the most successful football and men's basketball program.
Three national championships in football and two national championships in basketball is remarkable.
Auburn and Gus Malzahn are competing at a national level and now Bruce Pearl already talking championships makes one think that the Tigers could have the best football and men's basketball one-two punch in the conference.