Pearl: Not absolutely certain which 2 players named in case

October 27, 2017

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl answers questions during the Southeastern Conference men's NCAA college basketball media day Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says he doesn’t “know with absolute certainty” which two players were named in a federal complaint against associate head coach Chuck Person.

Pearl said Friday he has suspicions but can’t identify them “out of an abundance of caution.”

According to documents, Person received $91,500 in bribes to steer Auburn players to a Pittsburgh-based financial advisor and paid $18,500 of the bribe money to the families of two unnamed recruits.

Person remains suspended without pay in the widespread corruption case.

The documents quote Person as arranging a meeting with the financial advisor and a highly rated recruit who would turn pro after a “a year and a half” at Auburn.

The player wasn’t named, but center Austin Wiley joined the team last December and was a five-star recruit.


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