Former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person avoided prison time at his sentencing Wednesday for bribery charges connected to the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan sentenced Person to time served and two years of supervised release.
Person, 55, pleaded guilty in March in a federal court in Manhattan, acknowledging he accepted $91,500 in bribes in exchange for directing players toward a specific financial adviser.
He was one of four assistant coaches among 10 people arrested in September 2017 when the FBI probe into college basketball corruption became public. All four coaches pled guilty, with two receiving prison time.
Former Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson was sentenced to three months in prison and two years of probation. Prosecutors said Richardson had accepted $20,000 to influence Wildcats players to sign with aspiring agent Christian Dawkins, who has been convicted on bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery charges.
Former Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans also was sentenced to three months in prison and 100 hours of community service for accepting $22,000 in bribes in exchange for convincing college players to pick specific advisers when they turned pro.
Former Southern California assistant Tony Bland was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
Person was an All-American at Auburn who played 13 seasons in the NBA with five teams. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year with the Indiana Pacers in 1986-87.
--Field Level Media