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Return of the The Rifleman – “A Very Special Day for Auburn Basketball”

By on April 8th, 2014 in Basketball 7 Comments »
Chuck Person, Auburn's all-time leading scorer, was a 1st Round Draft pick and NBA Rookie of the year in 1986.

Chuck Person, Auburn’s all-time leading scorer, was a 1st Round Draft pick and NBA Rookie of the year in 1986.

The greatest basketball player in Auburn history is coming home to coach at his alma mater.

Chuck Person, known as the Rifleman during his All-American career at Auburn has been hired by Head Coach Bruce Pearl as an assistant coach. He helped lead the Tigers to an SEC Tournament Championship and three NCAA Tournaments  including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1985 and the Elite Eight in 1986.

Since Pearl’s hiring, Chuck has made no secret of his desire to return to The Plains. He said last night that’s it’s a very special day for him.

The NBA legend said, “This is the only college I would have taken a job at. My heart and my path took me to the NBA but this, Auburn University, my school, is the only job, the only school that I would come back to, to be a coach, whether it’s as a head coach or assistant coach to be a part of. This is my life. This is where I want to be. I’m home. Short of a catastrophe, nothing can take me from being here at this school.”

It’s a homerun hire for Bruce Pearl. Not only is he getting a great coach, but the Rifleman being from Alabama and having 14 years of experience in the NBA will mean a big boost to recruiting.

Pearl said, ” I don’t know if I could have made a stronger statement. This is a very special day for Auburn basketball.” We agree Coach. A very special day indeed.

Editor’s Note:
Be sure to check out Coach Person’s press conference interview below this article.


  1. win4au says:

    Chuck’s comment gave me goose-bumps. This will definitely help recruiting. I can’t wait until next season!
    War Damn Eagle Rifleman!

  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    A very special day and hire indeed. Welcome home, Rifleman! War Eagle!!!

  3. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    A great hire for Coach Pearl and for Auburn. Welcome home, Coach Person.


    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    This is great news. Who needs Nike contracts for recruiting when you have Bruce Pearl and Chuck Person at Auburn. Great things ahead for Auburn Basketball.

  5. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Wow. Do y’all realize that we are talking about BASKETBALL during Spring Practice?!! This has to be a first. Folks excited about bball during the off season ~ the world must be coming to an end……


  6. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN – April 4th & 6th, 2015. In case you were wondering…