Auburn’s basketball team may be on a heater on the court as the team enters the 2019 SEC Tournament but the program just can’t seem to stay out of the headlines for all the wrong reasons off it.
On Wednesday, the school announced assistant coach Ira Bowman has been suspended following allegations that he is connected to a bribery scam during his time coaching at Penn.
Here is the statement released by Auburn regarding Bowman’s status on Wednesday:
“As we continue to gather information regarding a situation that recently arose, it is important that we be thorough and proactive, yet prudent and cautious. Therefore, Ira Bowman will not coach or participate in any responsibilities with the men’s basketball program until we fully assess all the issues.”
Bruce Pearl was recently asked about Bowman’s status and simply stated the school would “continue to gather information and facts” before coming to a decision. Apparently, that gathering process is complete, which appears to have led to news of the suspension.
Auburn is set to play in the second round of the 2019 SEC Tournament on Thursday against the winner of the Georgia, Missouri matchup. The Tigers are the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.