Prior to the 2017 season, Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person was fired after he was arrested in an FBI case involving paying NCAA basketball players.
Now, another Auburn assistant has been implicated in a scandal that is sure to draw the NCAA’s eyes. Fortunately for Bruce Pearl, this scandal occurred during the assistant’s time at Penn.
Per a report from Philly.com, current Auburn assistant Ira Bowman has been implicated (along with then-head coach Jerome Allen) in a bribery scheme regarding accepting money to have a wealthy man’s son attend Penn via a basketball roster spot:
The former Penn head coach and iconic Quakers player, now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, testified that he took roughly $300,000 in bribes from a Florida businessman to get the man’s son into Penn using a basketball priority slot. …
Allen testified that former Quakers assistant Ira Bowman, now at Auburn, had been brought into the scheme after Allen was let go by Penn, and that Bowman had been aware of it even before then.
Allen now faces a federal charge of money laundering. What, if any, penalty Bowman faces remains to be seen.