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Bruce Pearl has suspicions but isn't sure which two players were identified in FBI complaint

Men's College Basketball, Auburn Tigers

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl said he doesn't "know with absolute certainty" which two players were named in a federal complaint against associate head coach Chuck Person.

Pearl said Friday he has suspicions but can't identify them "out of an abundance of caution."

According to documents, Person received $91,500 in bribes to steer Auburn players to a Pittsburgh-based financial advisor and paid $18,500 of the bribe money to the families of two unnamed recruits.

Person remains suspended without pay in the widespread corruption case.

The documents quote Person as arranging a meeting with the financial advisor and a highly rated recruit who would turn pro after a "a year and a half" at Auburn.

The player wasn't named, but center Austin Wiley joined the team in December and was a five-star recruit.

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