Auburn coach Bruce Pearl is refusing to cooperate with the university's internal investigation of the basketball program, according to an ESPN report. The report states that Pearl has been uncooperative with the school's internal investigation stemming from the September arrest of former associate head coach Chuck Person, who was indicted on six federal charges Tuesday, amid the FBI's investigation into the corruption of college basketball. The investigation is being conducted by Birmingham-based law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White, which has also been retained by the school to conduct an internal review of the softball program amid that sport's scandal, as well as an investigation into allegations a part-time academic support staff member took a final exam for a former football player. "This is an ongoing investigation and everyone is working to try to get our players certified and eligible, and it's a process," Pearl said Wednesday after practice. "You guys know from the very beginning I'm not allowed to comment on the process. We are definitely working through this." An Auburn athletics spokeswoman did not immediately have comment when reached by AL.com According to the report, Pearl has been advised by university officials that his job could be in jeopardy if he does not cooperate. Pearl has not spoken to the attorneys conducting the internal investigation, according to the report, and the school has not been able to determine if Pearl committed any wrongdoing or was involved in any NCAA violations because the FBI seized his computers and cell phones as part of its ongoing investigation.
Report: Bruce Pearl refusing to cooperate with school investigation
Alabama | Nov 9