Auburn Men’s Basketball Team Put On Probation Because of Actions By

Auburn University men’s basketball team was placed on four years’ probation after an NCAA panel found that former associate head coach and ex-NBA player Chuck Person violated ethical conduct rules. Head coach Bruce Pearl will be suspended for the next…

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Auburn University men’s basketball team was placed on four years’ probation after an NCAA panel found that former associate head coach and ex-NBA player Chuck Person violated ethical conduct rules. Head coach Bruce Pearl will be suspended for the next two games for failing to monitor Person and sufficiently promote compliance with the rules. Person, a former player at Auburn, accepted $91,500 in bribes from a financial adviser to steer prospective players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy to the school, the NCAA panel found. The players or their families also received more than $10,000 from Person.”The associate head coach violated the trust of his student-athletes and their families,” the panel wrote in its decision. “Rather than protect them, he intentionally brought opportunists into the Auburn men’s basketball program and, using his influence, introduced them to the student-athletes and their families.”Auburn fired Person in September of 2017 after he was arrested by FBI agents cracking down on college basketball corruption. He managed to bypass serving time in prison when a federal judge directed him to complete 200 hours of community service in July of 2019. Person was given a 10-year show-cause penalty, which means that any NCAA member school that hires him while the penalty is in effect will have to bar him from athletics-related activities and prove why the constraints should not apply. Harris Adler, another former assistant coach, was also given a one-year show-cause penalty for allegedly paying for a walk-on player’s tuition. The panel said that the penalty was for his lack of cooperation with an interview request, but they could not prove that he paid for the player’s tuition. The report released by the infractions committee panel said Pearl “violated head coach responsibility rules because he did not adequately monitor the associate head coach and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.”Further, when the head coach became aware of potentially problematic situations involving the associate head coach, he failed to ask reasonable and pertinent questions. These shortcomings allowed violations to go undetected.”Pearl has had previous run-ins with the NCAA. Tennessee had fired Pearl in 2011 after the NCAA charged him with unethical conduct and then additional violations surfaced.”The panel did take into consideration the previous show cause and decided it is an aggravating factor and was factored into the penalty for coach Pearl,” said Vincent Nicastro, the panel’s chief hearing officer and deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the Big East Conference. Pearl was in the final months of his show-cause penalty when Auburn hired him.”We respect the NCAA peer evaluation process and appreciate the panel recognized we took meaningful and contemporaneous penalties,” Pearl said in a statement. “It is time to put this behind us. As part of our penalty, I will begin my two-game suspension against Nebraska.”The committee didn’t add

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