Things are going well for Auburn this season.
The Tigers are 15-1 and undefeated in the SEC at 3-0 heading into a Saturday meeting with Mississippi State in Starkville. Earlier this week, they were ranked in the AP Top 25 poll for the time since 2003.
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But they won’t be welcoming 6-11 center Austin Wiley back after the NCAA on Thursday ruled the sophomore center ineligible until next season. Auburn had requested that Wiley be reinstated.
Wiley, who started 22 games as a freshman in 2016-17 and averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 per contest, has been held out of competition all season along with redshirt sophomore Danjel Purifoy amid concerns about their eligibility. Wiley allegedly received improper benefits as outlined in the federal bribery investigation that led to the arrest of Tigers assistant Chuck Person last summer, according to AL.com.
After conducting an internal investigation, Auburn self-reported NCAA violations “involving recruiting, extra benefits and agent-related activity.”
Auburn can appeal the reinstatement decision to the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. The decision can be changed if the university presents new information that warrants further review.