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Auburn served eight months of self-imposed sanctions without anyone knowing

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’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?



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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24 Comments for Auburn served eight months of self-imposed sanctions without anyone knowing

  1. bpisforuk
    1:42 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    So they were on double secret probation ?? Since Cal never uses all of our scholarships can we claim we’ve restricted them for years just in case we ever get in trouble

    • Looother
      5:30 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      “Since Cal never uses all of our scholarships” – exactly when was this??

  2. Headhurts
    1:59 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    “Real strong penalties” laughing, when KY was punished in the late 80’s for a $10,000 enevelope, that was punishment, players exited, fines, no tv, no tourney, scholarship reduction, new coach, so until I see something similar to that, today’s sanctions are a slap on the wrist, especially considering what their accused of.

    • RAGE
      2:16 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed 100%

    • riandri
      2:19 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Headhurts, if I recall correctly I believe you have 1 too many 0’s in the envelope.

    • Headhurts
      5:32 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Thanks your right

    • CrystalBall
      10:49 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Headhurts. The envelope was said to have contained 1000. Not 10000.
      Investigations proved there was no money in the envelope when it left the state of Ky.

  3. Wilfred Smith
    2:23 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    No barbecues…

    • J. Did
      5:19 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      At least no BBQ’s from September 2017 until April 2018…and no Double A Ron Craft either.

  4. terwilliger
    2:28 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    He’s crooked af and everybody knows it

    • mashburnfan1
      3:10 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Agree, and thank goodness our coach has never cheated or hired a players dad as coach….oh wait he did both. You people blast other guys for doing things our coach has done in his past. Not blasting Cal just noting 99.9% or more of recruiting is crooked and has been for years. Did you see the #1 player is going to USC.

    • catsarerunnin
      3:24 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Sukk it Birdbrain. Where’s your last banner?

    • KentuckyVSEveryone
      4:02 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Oh Mash mash mash…if Calipari were to do anything REMOTELY against set recruiting rules then we would would have the book thrown at us. The NCAA is too busy waiting for Cal to slip up that they just look the other way when Duke drops duffle bags or UNC has entire fake course of study – not a fake paper class, an entire fake major! Sure, everyone bends rules, but there is no way Cal could get away with cheating at UK

    • KatFan48
      3:28 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      MashBUMfan did you notice how many banners USC has in the rafters. Sure have missed you and BigolBlue aka lilolchicken singing THE SKY IS FALLING. THE SKY IS FALLING

    • 4everUKblue
      3:39 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Mashbum come forward with any proof of Cal having any direct connection to any cheating, you’d be the only one to have found any. This is a prime example of mashbum’s wild imagination turning his brain into mush.

  5. TOMCATS1990
    2:34 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    LOL NCAA is a F-N JOKE

  6. KyKev
    2:45 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    This isn’t going to look good for Bruce when someone like Tyler Herro or another 2018 HS Senior shows a few texts from the Plains between September 2017-April 2018. I find this hard to believe that they made no contact. Phone records!!

    • JASUN74
      2:58 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Lmao. I hear you bud. I can hear ol Bruce now, telling a 16, 17 year old kid, “ Now don’t say anything or you could get in trouble to”! Haha. I do like Pearl and think he’s a good Coach, great Motivator, and his kids love him to death. Just has to keep it a level playing field and not cheat. Maybe he hasn’t since he got in trouble and didn’t know about Chuck, but it’s hard to believe. We’ll find out I guess when all the details come out. If they ever do that is. Anyway, Go Cats!!

  7. JASUN74
    2:50 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    It really doesn’t matter what they do, if no one knows about it!! That’s kinda part of the punishment for cheating!! Being shamed, everyone knowing you cheated and being punished publicly!! If not then why even have rules? Lol. Just my opinion on the matter.

  8. Han
    4:33 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    FWIW, a Reddit thread on r/collegebasketball has evidence from 247sports that Auburn did have some unofficial visits/recruiting activities during that period when they were supposedly self-imposing these penalties.

  9. VirginiaCat
    4:44 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    It was smart move by Auburn, albeit a calculated move, whether it does them any good or not. Always best to get ahead of a scandal and hope it helps.

  10. J. Did
    5:20 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    There are various shades of Pearl…….Bruce?

    Shady Pearl.

  11. J-Dub421
    5:38 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    If no one noticed, then those weren’t really severe penalties.