Auburn sits Wiley, Purifoy during NCAA corruption investigation

Bruce Pearl Auburn men's basketball vs Tennessee on Wednesday

The Auburn athletic department sent out the following statement Thursday morning.

"To avoid any potential eligibility issues, Auburn Athletics has chose to hold men's basketball players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy out indefinitely", the school's athletic department said in an official statement.

"To avoid any potential eligibility issues, Auburn Athletics has made a decision to hold men's basketball players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy out indefinitely", Auburn released in a statement. "Because this is related to an ongoing investigation, we can not comment further at this time".

A month ago, Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person was suspended without pay after federal prosecutors announced that he is being charged in a wide-ranging corruption and bribery investigation surrounding four top-tier NCAA basketball coaches.

The Tigers open their season Thursday night with an exhibition against Division II school Barry University.

Auburn opens the season against Norfolk State on November 10.

Auburn has ruled Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy ineligible ahead of its exhibition game against Barry on November 2.

According to the federal complaint, Person is alleged to have received roughly $91,500 from a cooperating FBI witness in order to influence student-athletes at Auburn to hire the witness in a financial advisory role. Person allegedly distributed $11,000 of that money to the mother of "Player-1" and $7,500 to "Player-2". Until anything conclusive is determined, coach Bruce Pearl will have to rely heavily on Horace Spencer and Anfernee McLemore at the forward spots.

Purifoy, who was also a freshman last season, averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds.

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