“Don’t fart in the Dead Sea”: Pearl on a trip to Israel


Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl is a firm believer in teaching his players to learn from the mistakes of others, so they don’t repeat those mistakes. Typically, these lessons are about basketball. Sometimes, of course, Pearls of Wisdom goes beyond the real-world court.

Pearl gave a light-hearted example of a misstep he made during a Monday chat with reporters to preview the team’s trip to Israel on the first foreign preseason “Birthright for College Basketball” tour. “.

“Hopefully they’ll be smart enough not to splash or fart in the Dead Sea,” a deadpan Pearl said during his Zoom meeting with local reporters. “Don’t splash or fart in the Dead Sea, as both can be painful.”

Pearl, KD Johnson, Zep Jasper, Wendell Green and the rest of Team Tiger will travel from Neville Arena to Holy Land July 31-August 10 for three games broadcast on the SEC Network.

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Here’s the match schedule and how to watch:

August 2 – Auburn vs Israel U-20 National Team | Malha Arena | Jerusalem, Israel (free admission)

Noon (CT) / 1 p.m. (ET) / 8 p.m. (local time in Israel) on the SEC network

Aug. 7 – Auburn vs. Israel All-Star Select Team | Hader Yosef Gymnasium | North of Tel Aviv, Israel (free entrance)

Noon (CT) / 1 p.m. (ET) / 8 p.m. (local time in Israel) on the SEC network

August 8 – Auburn vs. Israel National Team | Tel-Aviv Yafo Sports Palace | Tel Aviv, Israel (paid game)

Noon (CT) / 1 p.m. (ET) / 8 p.m. (local time in Israel) on the SEC network

Pearl will take its players on several sightseeing adventures, including a stop to visit the Dead Sea. Pearl offered his team some words of wisdom before entering the salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west.

The salinity and density of the Dead Sea makes the lake ideal for floating and is said to have restorative powers. However, according to Pearl, if one is not careful, they might have a surprise.

“You don’t want to get that salt in your eyes,” Pearl said. “It will burn, and the same will happen at the other end. You just don’t want to know.


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