Auburn is one of the teams at the center of the college hoops scandal, and unbeknownst to anyone outside of the program, they’ve already served eight months of severe, self-imposed sanctions.
According to AL.com’s Sam Blum, from the moment former assistant Chuck Person was arrested in September 2017 until April 2018, Auburn did not conduct recruiting of any kind, meaning they didn’t host prospects on official or unofficial visits, contact them in person or via phone, or do any evaluations. These self-imposed sanctions may still have gone unnoticed if Bruce Pearl hadn’t hinted at them on a podcast with Jon Rothstein late last month.
“We took some real strong penalties, a lot of which have never been made public — at some point will be,” Pearl said.
All of these measures were taken in addition to holding Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley out for the entire 2017-18 season (and nine additional games for Purifoy). Now it makes sense that there weren’t any scholarship true freshman on last year’s roster.
Auburn hasn’t received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA yet, but you have to think these measures will soften the blow — or there’s a heck of a lot that we still don’t know. Also, how did this not get out before now?