Auburn sits Wiley, Purifoy indefinitely during investigation

November 2, 2017

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn will hold out sophomores Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy indefinitely in connection with a federal investigation into associate head coach Chuck Person.

The athletic department sent out a statement Thursday announcing the decision was made ''to avoid any potential eligibility issues.'' Wiley and Purifoy are two of the Tigers' top players.

Person faces federal charges for allegedly receiving $91,500 in bribes to steer Auburn players to a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser when they turn pro. He indicated that he paid $18,500 of the bribe money to the families of two unnamed recruits, according to documents.

Auburn hadn't previously identified the players linked to the investigation, part of a widespread corruption case around college basketball. The school said it won't have further comment because it's an ongoing investigation, but has previously confirmed receiving a subpoena.

Auburn opens Nov. 10 against Norfolk State with an exhibition game Thursday night against Barry.


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