Ex-Auburn assistant basketball coach pleads guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Auburn University assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery...
Ex-Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person to plead guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to families of NBA-bound...
Judge upholds charges against ex-Auburn Coach Chuck Person
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge gave the go ahead Thursday to a trial next month over charges that former Auburn basketball assistant coach Chuck Person accepted bribes from a financial adviser working for the FBI to steer athletes his way.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said there was enough evidence to let the case against Person and Atlanta clothier Rashan Michel proceed.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn center Austin Wiley, point guard Jared Harper and shooting guard Bryce Brown are returning to school after exploring their NBA draft prospects.
All three announced their decisions Tuesday, a day before the deadline for underclassmen who haven't hired an agent to withdraw.
Auburn center Austin Wiley puts name in NBA draft pool
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn center Austin Wiley has put his name into the NBA draft pool after being held out last season but doesn't plan to hire an agent.
Wiley announced his decision Tuesday, becoming the third player to declare for the draft from the Tigers, who shared the Southeastern Conference regular season title with Tennessee. He has until June 11 to withdraw his name if he doesn't hire an agent.
Auburn AD ‘absolutely’ expects Bruce Pearl to keep job
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl has received a vote of confidence from the Tigers' new athletic director.
Allen Greene told WJOX-FM in Birmingham on Wednesday that it's "absolutely" his intention to stand by Pearl barring further developments from the FBI or NCAA.
Auburn’s Purifoy must sit out 30 percent of next season
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn forward Danjel Purifoy will be eligible to play most of next season.
The university said Tuesday the NCAA ruled that Purifoy must sit out the first 30 percent of the season before returning. Both Purifoy and center Austin Wiley missed all of the Tigers' run to a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title and the NCAA Tournament.
Auburn ended its best season in nearly two decades with abundant reason for both optimism and concern.
Scandal-tinged Auburn faces Charleston in Midwest Region
SAN DIEGO (AP) — No. 4 seed Auburn (25-7) vs. No. 13 seed College of Charleston (26-7)
First round, Midwest Region; San Diego, Friday, approximately 7:27 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Auburn leads the series 3-0 and is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
NCAA denies Auburn’s appeal of Austin Wiley ruling
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The NCAA has denied Auburn's appeal of a ruling declaring center Austin Wiley ineligible for the rest of the season.
Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson confirmed the NCAA's decision on Monday.
USC fires assistant Tony Bland in wake of hoops bribery case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has fired associate head coach Tony Bland in the wake of his arrest in the college basketball bribery and corruption case.
A school spokesman confirmed Bland's firing on Thursday, but offered no other details. He had been on administrative leave since his arrest in September. He was on USC's staff for 4 1/2 years.
NCAA rules Auburn center Austin Wiley ineligible for season
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The NCAA has ruled Auburn center Austin Wiley ineligible for the rest of the season.
The governing body announced Thursday in a news release that Wiley will be eligible next season. The NCAA says Auburn self-reported violations involving recruiting, extra benefits and agent-related activity.
Auburn set to make road trip without Wiley, Purifoy
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn basketball team is set to make its first road trip without two top players and a pair of support staffers.
Coach Bruce Pearl said Tuesday center Austin Wiley and forward Danjel Purifoy aren't scheduled to travel to the Charleston Classic Wednesday morning. He says their status "could change in a moment's notice."
Ex-Auburn basketball coach pleads not guilty in fraud case
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says the government has 16 hours of telephone conversations by fired Auburn associate head basketball coach Chuck Person to use against him at trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone in New York made the disclosure as Person pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in a college basketball bribery scandal. Indictments were returned last week against eight people, including four coaches.
Auburn places 2 support staff members on leave
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Two members of the Auburn basketball support staff have been placed on administrative leave because of an internal investigation into the program.
The school released a statement on Monday saying Jordan VerHulst and Frankie Sullivan are on leave "until further notice based upon the University's ongoing investigation into the men's basketball program."
Brown leads Auburn to 102-74 opening win over Norfolk State
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown and the Auburn Tigers found some relief on the court.
Brown scored a career-high 31 points and Auburn opened the season with a 102-74 victory over Norfolk State Friday night in a matchup of teams missing two of their top players. For 40 minutes, Auburn's focus was solely on hoops.
The Tigers (1-0) weathered the absence of center Austin Wiley and forward Danjel Purifoy with the help of Brown's 23-point first half. The game came after a troubling couple of months.
Report: Auburn’s Pearl not cooperating in school probe
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl says he can't comment on a report that states he hasn't been cooperating with the school's internal investigation into the program.
ESPN reported Wednesday that university officials have told Pearl he could lose his job if he doesn't cooperate.
Auburn fires indicted basketball assistant Chuck Person
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has fired associate head basketball coach Chuck Person, who has been indicted on federal bribery, conspiracy and fraud charges.
The university announced the move Wednesday, a day after Person and seven others were indicted by a federal grand jury in New York City.
An Auburn statement says Person "is no longer an employee. As such, this is in the hands of the criminal justice system."
Indictments returned in college hoops bribery scheme
NEW YORK (AP) — Four college basketball assistant coaches charged in a bribery scheme were among eight people indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York City.
The charges and accusations in three indictments largely mirrored the facts found in criminal complaints filed against the men when they were arrested in late September. An indictment, though a procedural step, is a document prosecutors rely upon at trial.
Longtime Auburn AD Jay Jacobs to step down by June 1, 2018
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Longtime Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says he will step down by June 2018 as leader of a department hit by scandals in both the basketball and softball programs.
Jacobs announced Friday in a letter to Auburn fans that he informed President Steven Leath of his decision earlier this week. He says he will leave earlier if Auburn hires a replacement.
Jacobs, a former Auburn football walk-on, took over the athletic department at his alma mater in 2004.
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.
Eligibility questions put clouds on Auburn’s sunny forecast
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers approach the season with an uneasy mix of high hopes and high anxiety.
The Tigers appeared poised for one of their best seasons in years, with a run at ending a 15-year NCAA Tournament drought seeming a realistic goal. Then the arrest of associate head coach Chuck Person on federal bribery and fraud charges left questions about whether any players would be ineligible at least to start the season.
Pearl: Not absolutely certain which 2 players named in case
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.
No talk of FBI probe, but Bruce Pearl keeps selling Auburn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Being involved in an ongoing FBI investigation limited what Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and his Tigers could say at Southeastern Conference basketball media day.
Pearl being Pearl meant the coach didn't stop selling his program as much as possible.
Auburn receives federal subpoena in bribery scandal
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn says it has received a federal grand jury subpoena in the bribery case against basketball associate head coach Chuck Person.
The university confirmed that in a statement Thursday in response to an open records request from The Associated Press. Auburn's statement said it won't yet release the documents because they are typically "sent with the understanding that they will be treated confidentially," including on whether they were received in the first place.
Correction: College Basketball-Fraud Charges story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 10 about three college basketball coaches charged in a bribery scheme, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Lamont Evans has been suspended by Oklahoma State. The school fired Evans after originally suspending him.
A corrected version of the story is below:
3 coaches charged in college bribery scandal freed on bail
3 college basketball coaches charged in a bribery scheme have appeared in a New York federal court and been freed on $100,000 bail each