Auburn hires Birmingham law firm to review its basketball program
Auburn University has hired Birmingham law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White to review its basketball program in the wake of the FBI investigation involving suspended assistant basketball coach Chuck Person.
Cassie Arner, associate athletics director for strategic communications for the Auburn Athletics Department, confirmed the law firm's hiring to the ABC 33/40 News iTeam.
Person was one of 10 people arrested—including assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Oklahoma State and Southern California—in connection with a bribery and corruption scandal that’s rocked college basketball.
That scandal also lead to Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino being placed on unpaid administrative leave today. Louisville’s athletics director Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave.
Person is accused of receiving $91,500 from a financial advisor turned government witness. The bribe was designed to ensure that two unnamed Auburn players, who were hot NBA prospects, retained the services of that financial advisor and bought clothes from an Atlanta men’s shop owner.
Auburn suspended Person without pay yesterday.
Person faces a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison if he's convicted of all charges.
The ABC 33/40 News iTeam continues to dig into all aspects of this story.