Auburn sits Wiley, Purifoy indefinitely during investigation
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn will hold out sophomores Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy indefinitely in connection with a federal investigation into associate head coach Chuck Person.
The athletic department sent out a statement Thursday announcing the decision was made “to avoid any potential eligibility issues.” Wiley and Purifoy are two of the Tigers’ top players.
Person faces federal charges for allegedly receiving $91,500 in bribes to steer Auburn players to a Pittsburgh-based financial advisor when they turn pro. He indicated that he paid $18,500 of the bribe money to the families of two unnamed recruits, according to documents.
Auburn hadn’t previously identified the players linked to the investigation, part of a widespread corruption case around college basketball. The school said it won’t have further comment because it’s an ongoing investigation, but has previously confirmed receiving a subpoena.
Auburn opens Nov. 10 against Norfolk State with an exhibition game Thursday night against Barry.
Person, a former Auburn star and NBA player, has been suspended without pay.
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.
Wiley joined the team last December and was a five-star recruit. He played in 23 games and started all but one, averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Wiley is still recovering from a stress fracture
Purifoy was Auburn’s second leading scorer, averaging 11.5 points and leading the team in made 3-pointers.
Person is among 10 people that have been arrested in the corruption case, including four college assistant coaches and an Adidas executive. The investigation also has led to Louisville firing Rick Pitino and longtime Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich, though neither were named in federal documents.
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