VIDEO: Bruce Pearl puts on Auburn football helmet, shouts ‘War Eagle, baby! War Eagle! I’m back!’ on ESPN’s ‘Mike & Mike’

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“This is not coming off, baby!”

We were excited just about what Twitter told us Bruce Pearl was wearing during his interview this morning on Mike & Mike. The things he said were even better.

Pearl spent the first of his three segments on the show discussing his new job at Auburn—how he got it, why he took it, and why he’s really, really, really, really, really excited about it.

“I got down there to campus. There were a couple of hundred people at the airport,” Pearl said. “We had a press conference to announce the new coach and meet the family. Gus Malzahn and his family were sitting front row. That’s big. He’s at spring practice, and he’s there.”

And that baseball jersey Pearl is wearing? A personal gift from Auburn baseball coach Sunny Golloway who Pearl also met with Tuedsay.

When talk turned to the Auburn football helmet in front of him, it was classic Pearl. (Can’t see the video? Try here.)

“I tried to put the helmet on but couldn’t quite get it past the earpiece,” Pearl said before jamming the helmet down over his head. “There—how’s that? War Eagle, baby! War Eagle! I’m back…

“This is not coming off, baby!”

There’s also some fun stuff at the end where he may have promised Auburn fans 27 wins next season, we’re not sure…

Here’s the full first segment. If you can’t see it, click here.

Video: Jeff Poor

Related: Auburn Church of Christ marquee features ‘Pearl of Great Price’ Bible verse following Auburn’s hiring of Bruce Pearl.

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