4-star 2018 forward EJ Montgomery decommits from Auburn, per report

FBI arrests several NCAA basketball coaches with corruption

Person faces up to 80 years in federal prison if he doesn't cooperate with the FBI's investigation, and since Pitino, a higher profile coach than Pearl, has already been fired, it sure doesn't seem like Pearl will weather this particular storm. Several college coaches, basketball-adjacent businessmen, and Adidas employees were charged with fraud and bribery on Monday, and the hammer has yet to truly drop on many of the programs implicated in the scandal.

"This morning's news is shocking", the university said in a released statement. "We are saddened, angry and disappointed". He was promoted to associate head coach in May of 2015.

Top Auburn basketball recruit E.J. Montgomery, who committed to Bruce Pearl's program more than a year ago, is looking elsewhere, his father told Scout.com on Wednesday, presumably a reaction to assistant coach Chuck Person's arrest Tuesday. He says the coaches exploited the "trust of the players they coached and recruited".

Auburn has not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2002-03 season when it lost in the regional semifinal.

James Gatto was arrested Tuesday along with nine others, including four assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State.

In criminal complaints, authorities said agents and financial advisers paid bribes to assistant coaches to get them to introduce them to star college players and their parents before the students turned professional.

The fallout from the this week's FBI crackdown on shady college basketball recruiting tactics is only just beginning.

Auburn University has retained the services of the Birmingham law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White to internally review its basketball program. We are committed to playing by the rules, and that's what we expect from our coaches.



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