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New challenge: Ira Bowman excited to 'make history' at Auburn

By Greg Ostendorf

AUBURN, Ala. – When Bruce Pearl called to gauge Ira Bowman’s interest in the vacant assistant coach position on the Auburn basketball staff, it wasn’t a huge surprise. Bowman had received overtures from other schools in the past, hoping to lure him away from Penn.

But Bowman is a Penn guy through and through. He played two seasons for the Quakers and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1996. After playing professionally in the NBA and overseas, he got into coaching as an assistant at NJIT.