Auburn Coach Among Ten Charged with Fraud and Corruption
Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches.
The coaches work at Oklahoma State, Auburn University, Arizona and the University of Southern California.
Auburn University says it has suspended an assistant coach accused of taking a $50,000 bribe in exchange for steering a player into doing business with a certain financial adviser.
Chuck Person was arrested in Alabama on Tuesday in a case that involves corruption charges against 10 coaches, agents and sports marketing executives at several universities.
The university said in a statement that Person had been suspended without pay effective immediately.
Person was the associate head coach at Auburn. He played in the NBA for 13 seasons.
His lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a phone message requesting comment.
They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company. The details will be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
In court papers, prosecutors said the FBI has since 2015 been investigating the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA.
They said the probe has revealed numerous instances of bribes paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student athletes.
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