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Charles Barkley, Bruce Pearl host golf outing at Opelika's Grand National

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

“Sir Charles” and Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl brought the stars out for the first ever “Bruce, Barkley and Basketball Golf Classic.”

Tiger fans and graduates alike showed up for the event to benefit the Auburn Men’s Basketball program through Tigers Unlimited.
 
Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend came with the announcement that Barkley would get his own statue outside Auburn Arena.
 
“It's just pretty cool,” Barkley said. “Never even thought about getting a statue, but it's just great for me and my family and everybody who supported me through the years. You never have success by yourself.”
 
Basketball season is just two weeks away, and while Pearl enjoyed the event, he said his mind was on the court as he prepares his team for the upcoming season.
 
Still, he was happy to put on the event.
 
“Of course it doesn't happen without Charles agreeing to come back and help us celebrate Auburn basketball,” Pearl said. “Celebrate the past and celebrate the future."
 
Barkley even offered his thoughts on the basketball program as Pearl enters his third season.

"I think Bruce is doing a fantastic job and it's good for Auburn cause we should be good at basketball and we have the right coach and I'm very happy for that,” Barkley said.
 
Several famous alums were in attendance. former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson, PGA golfer Jason Dufner and former Auburn running back Ronnie Brown were just a few of the notable participants.

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