Auburn self-imposes postseason ban for 2020-21 season

Auburn has self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2020-21 season over the actions of a former assistant coach who pled guilty to bribery charges last year.The university released a statement Sunday, saying that the Southeastern Conference and NCAA have been notified.”The athletics department and university administration, in conjunction with Coach Bruce Pearl, made the decision after careful deliberation and in light of the ongoing matter that surfaced in fall 2017 regarding former assistant coach Chuck Person,” the statement read.”We regret the impact this decision has on our student-athletes, yet it was made in the best long-term interest of the program.”Said Pearl: “This was a difficult decision but the right decision. I hate it for our current players. They lost the opportunity for the postseason last year because of COVID, and now they will miss the postseason again. It’s a two-year postseason penalty for them. However, we need to take this penalty now to put it behind us.”Person pleaded guilty in March 2019 to bribery charges in connection with the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball. He acknowledged accepting $91,500 in bribes in exchange for directing players toward a specific financial adviser.