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Auburn basketball to forego 2020-21 postseason

Auburn vs. Ole Miss in an NCAA basketball game, Oxford, Miss., Jan. 28, 2020. Photo by...
Auburn vs. Ole Miss in an NCAA basketball game, Oxford, Miss., Jan. 28, 2020. Photo by Christian Johnson/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services(Ole Miss Digital Imaging Service)
Updated: Nov. 22, 2020 at 6:50 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Auburn Athletics Department announced AU men’s basketball will forego the 2020-21 postseason. The following statement was issued by the athletics department:

The athletics department and university administration, in conjunction with Coach Bruce Pearl, made the decision after careful deliberation and in light of the ongoing matter that surfaced in fall 2017 regarding former assistant coach Chuck Person. Auburn has cooperated with the NCAA and will continue to do so.

We regret the impact this decision has on our student-athletes, yet it was made in the best long-term interest of the program. Because of the ongoing matter, we will not comment further but hope for swift consideration and resolution of the matter.

Bruce Pearl Statement

“This was a difficult decision but the right decision. I hate it for our current players. They lost the opportunity for the postseason last year because of COVID, and now they will miss the postseason again. It’s a two-year postseason penalty for them. However, we need to take this penalty now to put it behind us.”

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