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Breaking News: Chuck Person Arrested

By on September 26th, 2017 in Basketball, News 23 Comments »

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Auburn Associate Head Basketball Coach Chuck Person has been arrested on federal fraud charges. According to the reports he is one of several basketball coaches across the nation to be caught up in an FBI sting involving corruption in NCAA basketball.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will be holding a press conference at noon Central time regarding the investigation.

More to come …


   * Chuck Person is one of 10 people charged in the FBI’s investigation into NCAA basketball.  Specifically, Person has been charged with solicitation of bribes and gratuities, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and travel act conspiracy.

  * What is potentially damaging to the Bruce Pearl program is the charges claim that coach Person used his position of influence with two players to steer them toward specific agents and advisors, and that Chuck received more than $91,000 from a government undercover witness to ensure both Auburn players retained the services of the fake agent. 

 * The complaint also states that Person told one of the players not to talk about a meeting with the fake agent because, “It’s a violation.”

* Court s the show U.S. Attorney and FBI have been investigating criminal influence of money on coaches and players since 2015.

 * Also mentioned in the 32-page complaint is the sportswear company Adidas.

 * Auburn has released the following statement regarding the charges:

“This morning’s news is shocking. We are saddened, angry and disappointed. We have suspended Coach Person without pay effective immediately. We are committed to playing by the rules, and that’s what we expect from our coaches. In the meantime, Auburn is working closely with law enforcement, and we will help them in their investigation in any way we can.”

* In today’s U.S. Attorney press conference, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim took particular aim at Chuck Person: “When you’ve coached Kobe Bryant, played with Phil Jackson, it goes a long way.”


  1. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    God, I hate to hear this.

  2. sparkey sparkey says:

    He singlehandedly just completely destroyed our program. Thanks Chuck, you are a great man for Auburn!

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      And he needs to be gone — NOW.

      No excuse for this crap. And if Bruce and JJ don’t handle this immediately then AU has even more issues.

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    This is terrible news. Not good for Chuck, the program, or the school.

  4. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Let’s sit back and think about Jay Jacob’s and his hires….

    I’ll wait.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      I understand your point but was this a JJ hire or a CBP hire that JJ allowed?

      Doesn’t really matter – it’s still BS to me and not the least bit necessary.

      A year-long investigation? Why has nothing at all been reported prior to this little tidbit?

      In my mind, there is zero manner in which the Athletic Department had no knowledge of this. Same way I feel about the issues with softball. They HAD to have known this was going on.

      And it takes a US Attorney to give us the news?? Sorry, but I’m not buying it.

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        Tom Winter from NBC News is reporting via twitter that:

        “Court docs show U.S. Attorney and FBI have been investigating criminal influence of money on coaches and players since 2015.”

  5. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    This makes me sad, very sad.

  6. …..I wonder what else will tumble out. The NCAA will likely have enough to bomb the AU basketball program back to the stone age.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      It’s nothing good, for sure, but based on what I’m seeing and hearing the Louisville program may be in way more trouble.

  7. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    I’m afraid this is the end of Pearl and possibly Jacobs.

    I liked Bruce, I really did, both as a coach and an ambassador for the team and school. I felt he had the right energy and motivation to do something great at Auburn. But if his subordinate is truly guilty, then by association he is too or worse, guilty for lack of oversight to allow such activity to occur. The same for Jacobs and his entire administration.

    There is no such thing as a valid excuse that would every fly over something like this, especially the claim of ignorance or incompetence of oversight. The entirely of their jobs is complete responsibility for the actions of their subordinates. The only honorable action at this point is for both Bruce and Jay to resign in disgrace.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      I don’t want to agree with you, Sully, but I’m almost afraid I have to… Damn, just damn…

      On the other hand maybe CBP and JJ really didn’t know…

      I’m sad and disappointed regardless. Auburn is better than this and the President and Board need to take whatever steps necessary – and do it sooner than later.

      This is BS – plain and simple.

      • Blackbelt tiger says:

        If Jacobs and Pearl had no idea then that’s almost as much of an indictment as knowing would be. “Lack of institutional control” sound familiar? Auburn basketball is done. The NCAA is going to drop the gulitine after the FBI is done, a la Penn State. We can all take comfort in our university’s leadership knowing what’s best. Because us fans are clearly idiots for calling for Jacobs’ dismissal for the past several years.

  8. audad says:

    Not to make a really bad situation worse, but I heard that the players involved were the 5 stars that are currently on the team. Would probably make the most sense. As someone said earlier, this could set the program back several years just when there were signs of promise.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      I, obviously, don’t have all the facts but this, apparently, only deals with players no longer with the program. Based on what I am seeing and hearing, no current player is involved.

      But, hey, what you state may be accurate — As the old saying goes, “It will all come clean come wash day”…

      • multipurposepaper says:

        The indictment is clear that it is two current players. One is 99% sure to be Heron based on the description in the docs and there are enough people in the know saying the second player is Wiley. I still want to believe that’s not true given his family’s familiarity with big time athletics. If it’s not Wiley, the only other possibility is Purifoy.

  9. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    And, the official statement from the University? Means nothing to me. “Suspended without pay”? Really??
    Rifleman? Sure, shoot yourself in the foot and bring my university down with you…

    Go &*^%$% yourself.

    Yes, I’m a little ticked off over this.

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