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The Latest: Auburn suspends coach accused of taking bribe

The Latest: Auburn suspends coach accused of taking bribe

Auburn Assistant Basketball Coach Chuck Person has been arrested and faces sex federal charges including, bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes and gratuities, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and travel act conspiracy, according to court documents.

"There is a lot there", said Joon Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was promoted to associate head coach in May of 2015.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday morning that the following college basketball assistant coaches were arrested: Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans, Auburn's Chuck Person, USC's Anthony Bland and Arizona's Emmanuel Richardson. "We are saddened, angry and disappointed".

According to an attorney for the Southern District of New York, Person received $91,500 to recruit prospects to Auburn and convince them to work with an unnamed financial adviser who was an informant for the government. He says the coaches exploited the "trust of the players they coached and recruited". Person and Rashan Michel, a former NBA and NCAA official and current custom clothing distributor, who is also named as a defendant in the charges, agreed to accept approximately $50,000 in bribe payments from an undercover federal agent. Previously, Person played for the Tigers and spent time playing for five different NBA teams from 1986-2000. It was not immediately clear who will represent him in court.

Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches. The FBI said two paymants to high school players totaled $250,000. Others included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company.

Meanwhile, Auburn has also been burned by the scandal. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was the first to go, and he probably won't be the last.