According to Auburn Undercover and 24/7 Sports, Auburn basketball assistant coach Ira Bowman has been suspended indefinitely. The suspension comes after testimony given by former Penn head coach Jerome Allen, who said Bowman participated in a scheme that led to bribes to secure a recruit in 2015. This story was first reported by Brandon Marcello.
According to Philly.com, the testimony was made last week in a federal bribery trial of a Florida healthcare executive.
Philly.com went on to report Allen pleaded guilty to bribery charges in October and is facing up to 10 years in prison. Allen testified the government is seeking a lighter sentence.
Here is the statement released Wednesday by Auburn athletics:
“As we continue to gather information regarding a situation that recently arose, it is important that we be thorough and proactive, yet prudent and cautious. Therefore, Ira Bowman will not coach or participate in any responsibilities with the men’s basketball program until we fully assess all the issues.”
The basketball team is preparing for the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The No. 5 Tigers will face the winner of No. 13 Georgia and No. 12 Missouri on Thursday.
WRBL Sports will keep you updated as this story develops.