NCAA Punishes Innocent Student Athletes More Than Auburn University Following Bribery Scandal

NCAA Basketball: Connecticut at Auburn
Nov 24, 2021; Nassau, BHS; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the first half of the 2021 Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Years after its former assistant coach Chuck Person was arrested and charged with accepting $91,500 in bribes, the NCAA has issued a punishment for Auburn men’s basketball program. The punishment includes four years of probation and a two game suspension for head coach Bruce Pearl but it also includes depriving the school of two scholarships for student athletes.

Some are questioning the use of such a disciplinary measure when it will deprive two students of opportunities to get a college education, who had nothing to do with Person’s decisions or criminal activity.

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