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Bruce Pearl Refusing to Cooperate with Internal Investigation

BRUCE PEARL

Bruce Pearl, the Head Basketball coach at the University of Auburn, is refusing to cooperate in the school’s internal investigation into his program, this according to ESPN. Pearl’s Auburn program employed former assistant Chuck Person’s, who was one of four coaches arrested during the FBI probe into college basketball corruption.

Person’s was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York City. Emanuel “Book” Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of USC, and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State were also indicted Tuesday.

Prosecutors said the four were accused of using bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors and agents. They face fraud and other charges that carry potential penalties equaling decades of imprisonment.

Pearl came to Auburn after being fired at Tennessee and receiving a three-year show-cause penalty. Once again Pearl is on the hot seat as his program absorbs an internal investigation, one currently not receiving Pearl’s cooperation.

University officials have advised Pearl that his job is in “jeopardy” if he doesn’t have a change of heart. Auburn officials haven’t given Pearl a deadline to cooperate, but sources told ESPN that a decision on his future will be made in the next week or two.

Pearl struggled in his first three seasons with the Tigers, accumulating an overall record of 44-54. Pearl’s best season occurred during the 2016-17 year when the Tigers went 18-14 overall and 7-11 in the SEC.

 

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