In the fall of 2017, when four college basketball assistant coaches were arrested and charged with federal crimes related to nefarious recruitment practices, bribery and wire fraud, Auburn — which was implicated by its assistant coach Chuck Person's indictment — self-imposed harsh recruiting restrictions which were not made public until now. AL.com reported Wednesday that Auburn stopped recruiting by not allowing any official and unofficial visits, contacts, evaluations or phone calls from September 2017 to April 2018.
The self-imposed punishment perhaps could lessen any possible NCAA sanctions related to Person's involvement in the scandal.
And make no mistake: the NCAA does, indeed, have its sights set on Auburn. In a "victim statement" revealed in Person's sentencing last month Auburn said it expects to receive a formal notice of allegations from the NCAA "in the coming months" related to the case.