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Auburn Men’s Basketball self-imposes 2020-21 postseason ban

In an effort to get ahead of the trouble that may lay ahead, Auburn is taking matters into its own hands.

According to a release sent out by the program, the Auburn Men’s Basketball team has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban for 2020-21. Multiple outlets have reported the news. This decision comes from the widespread investigation of corruption in college basketball conducted by the FBI and directly stems from the situation with former Auburn assistant Chuck Person.

The school released the following statement:

“The athletics department and university administration, in conjunction with Coach Bruce Pearl, made the decision after careful deliberation and in light of the ongoing matter that surfaced in fall 2017 regarding former assistant Chuck Person. Auburn has cooperated with the NCAA and will continue to do so.

“We regret the impact this decision has on our student-athletes, yet it was made in the best long-term interest of the program. Because of the ongoing matter, we will not comment further but hope for swift consideration and resolution of the matter.”

Auburn is not expected by many to be a sure-fire NCAA Tournament team, so talking heads are assuming that the Tigers program is making this move now to help ease the coming blows. Head coach Bruce Pearl said this is basically a two-year ban, considering COVID-19 canceled the tournament a season ago.

“This was a difficult decision but the right decision,” Peal said. “I hate it for our current players. They lost the opportunity for the postseason last year because of COVID, and now they will miss the postseason again. It’s a two-year postseason penalty for them. However, we need to take this penalty now to put it behind us.”

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

13 Comments for Auburn Men’s Basketball self-imposes 2020-21 postseason ban

  1. mashman 93
    6:46 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    I wonder why Auburn is doing this now? They do have a new team so maybe they knew the odds of playing in the NCAA Tournament were low anyways so punish yourself now and hope the NCAA will leave it at that.

  2. UKinIN
    6:51 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Auburn is taking advantage of the uncertainty created by Covid-19. This isn’t going to be a normal season. No telling how many games will be played or if the NCAA tournament will even happen.

  3. Bluenblood
    6:59 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Pearl doesn’t care about his players if it affects him first. Make no mistake. Wolf in sheep’s clothing…or no shirt which he likes to do. Haha

  4. Cletis75
    7:00 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    After weeks of practice, Bruce Pearl said, these guys suck! Told the AD and president, if we’re going to sit one out, this is the one.
    Anybody think if they had a good team that they would be doing this?

  5. Cokely53
    7:04 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    I’m surprised they didn’t claim they self imposed a 2019-2020 post season ban instead.

  6. peaches76
    7:09 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Hate to break it to Mr Ferguson, but this isn’t exactly huge news. Auburn will be down, it’s a frigged up season with no guarantee of a post season, and this move doesn’t exactly guarantee them any leniency with that dufus N C 2A

  7. CatManDo
    7:39 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky football announces self-imposed ban on College Football Playoffs.

      10:59 am November 23, 2020 Permalink

      Nice try Bruce but that will not cut it bub!

  8. gwhittle
    8:30 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Extremely selfish move by Auburn and Pearl, doing this the week the season starts. The kids deserved to know this in time to transfer if they wanted.

    • zoupman
      9:02 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      GW is correct. They purposefully wait. Not a players first school.

  9. kyfanem
    10:11 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    He doesn’t care about the players. If I remember correctly, he tried to block Olivier Sarr from playing this season.

  10. runningunnin.454
    11:04 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t think that worked for Louisville.