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By JUSTIN FERGUSON
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - For the first time since 2011, Bruce Pearl is back to work at 100 percent.

Pearl's three-year NCAA show cause penalty expired at midnight Sunday, which allows the Auburn head coach to fully recruit for his new program.

"I've got calls to make now," Pearl said Sunday afternoon. "But it's just good to be normal again."

Pearl described Sunday as "an incredibly productive day" of work on Auburn's campus.

He was fired at Tennessee and placed under the penalty in 2011 for lying to NCAA investigators about a cookout he held for recruits.

The first-year Auburn head coach said he now turns his focus to making up for lost time on the recruiting trail and training his new-look team.

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