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Friday / January 21.
  • Auburn Tigers Men’s Basketball Placed On 4 Years Probation; Coach Bruce Pearl Suspended 2 Games

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The Auburn men’s basketball program was placed on four years probation and head coach Bruce Pearl will serve a two-game suspension after the NCAA on Friday said the program failed to monitor former associate head coach Chuck Person for his role in the college basketball bribery case originating in 2017.

    This is Pearl’s second sanctioning by the NCAA. He was given a three-year show cause penalty in 2011 as a result of a recruiting investigation during his time at Tennessee. Pearl was fired by Tennessee in 2011, and hired at Auburn in 2014.

    Wes Flanigan will serve as the acting head coach for Auburn’s game against Nebraska Saturday, while Steven Pearl will coach against North Alabama Tuesday.

    Other penalties at Auburn include a self-imposed postseason ban for this season; a $5,000 fine plus 3% of the men’s basketball program budget; and a 10-year show cause for Person.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.