Auburn Bans Themselves from NCAA Tournament in FBI Fallout

If it feels like the FBI investigation into NCAA hoops has dragged on for years, well, that’s because it has. It’s literally been over three years since Auburn assistant Chuck Person was among those indicted, and Auburn is just now self-imposing a one-year NCAA Tournament ban (via Justin Ferguson of the Auburn Observer):

Auburn is a pretty good team — they had 40-1 national title odds before this ban — so this is a pretty significant story in the college basketball landscape.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. They`re trying to get ahead of the curve on this. May as well. If it gets you off lightly instead of a 3 year ban, it`s a good move. Sports are going to be as screwed up this winter as they were this past 8 months. There isn`t going to be any glory in winning the college football championship. Basketball won`t be any different.

  2. Uh lets see. He lied about a BBQ to the lemmings at the NCAA while there are coaches who punch players, buy them prostitutes, and are on tape offering to pay players and keep their jobs. Then he had an assistant who paid two players already at Auburn to sign with an agent to LEAVE the program (don’t see that as an advantage). So “national embarrassment”? Sounds like you have mastered the art of hyperbole like those on the far left. Maybe you guys are only reading headlines and not the actual facts of the situation. Unfortunately this seems to be afflicting more and more of our society.

  3. Trying to get ahead of the NCAA in punishing yourself never works. The NCAA will still want its pound of flesh if there is an adjudication. Then they’ll get double punished. Auburn would be better off going about its business as usual and letting the NCAA impose the penalty when they get to it.

  4. Bruce Pearl, “So I keep my job and just sit out the Tournament one year?”
    Auburn Administration, “Yes.”
    Brucie, “Yeah we have to do this to save our program from that evil Chuck Person.”
    Aubie Player, “Coach my debit card is over drawn.”
    Brucie, “No worries take Chuck’s he’s not using it.”

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