Pearl: Not absolutely certain which 2 players named in case

October 27, 2017

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says he doesn't ''know with absolute certainty'' which two players were named in a federal complaint against associate head coach Chuck Person.

Pearl said Friday he has suspicions but can't identify them ''out of an abundance of caution.''

According to documents, Person received $91,500 in bribes to steer Auburn players to a Pittsburgh-based financial advisor and paid $18,500 of the bribe money to the families of two unnamed recruits.

Person remains suspended without pay in the widespread corruption case.

The documents quote Person as arranging a meeting with the financial advisor and a highly rated recruit who would turn pro after a ''a year and a half'' at Auburn.

The player wasn't named, but center Austin Wiley joined the team last December and was a five-star recruit.


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