The Auburn men’s basketball program made a run to the Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament despite being without one of their best players.
After Chuma Okeke went down with a torn ACL, the Tigers still found a way to make a deep run in the tourney.
On Wednesday morning, a new story revealed Auburn’s run to the Final Four was even more improbable than we initially thought.
According to a report from AL.com, Auburn stopped recruiting for September 2017-April 2018. Bruce Pearl and company made no official visits, unofficial visits and made no contact with recruits for seven months.
Here’s more from the report:
In the aftermath of the September 2017 arrest of former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, Auburn imposed a long list of previously unreported self-imposed sanctions. Those sanctions included restrictions that limited unofficial visits, official visits, contacts, evaluations and phone calls.
Pearl hinted the program imposed serious sanctions, but never revealed just how extensive.
“We took some real strong penalties, a lot of which have never been made public — at some point will be,” he said.
Despite undergoing significant sanctions, the Tigers found incredible success last season. We’ll have to wait and see if they can live up to it this year.