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Auburn offering refunds on men’s basketball season tickets in wake of FBI investigation

The fallout begins.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn University is responding to federal charges being brought against assistant head coach Chuck Person by offering full refunds to any fans who no longer want their season tickets.

Person was named in the FBI investigation in a complaint Tuesday for allegedly accepting payment from advisers and managers in exchange for directing his players to them as part of a larger scheme that also involved apparel manufacturers.

In a press conference Tuesday, FBI investigators explained they had Person on tape telling a players’ parents he personally used an adviser during an introductory meeting, adding that NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley did too. He went on to state he did not receiver money from the advisers, which was untrue.

Person was named in the complaint for receiving a total of $91,500 in bribes over 10 months, giving $18,500 to the mothers of two players. He is the lone person from Auburn named in the complaint so far.

The decision by the university to refund tickets comes just two days after the school announced all its season tickets had sold out.