Auburn put men’s basketball program on double secret probation, report says

Auburn University secretly self-imposed a long list of sanctions against its men’s basketball program in the wake of assistant coach Chuck Person’s arrest in September 2017, al.com reported Wednesday, bringing to light for the first time the internal actions against Bruce Pearl’s program.

The extraordinary situation – a public university keeping secret athletic department disciplinary actions – is unique not only for its clandestine nature but also the severity of the self-imposed sanctions.

Auburn did not conduct recruiting of any kind from September 2017 to April 2018, Auburn athletics told AL.com: no official visits or unofficial visits by prospective players, no contacts or phone calls to any recruits during that time.

Consider the context: While Auburn was making a run to its first NCAA Tournament since 2003, a time when basketball programs try to leverage their success, Pearl and his staff were not doing any recruiting.

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