Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn basketball forward Austin Wiley has been ruled ineligible for competition until the 2018-2019 the NCAA announced Thursday.
The NCAA released the following statement regarding Wiley:
"Auburn men’s basketball student-athlete Austin Wiley will not be eligible for competition until the 2018-19 season following an NCAA reinstatement decision. After an internal investigation, Auburn self-reported violations involving recruiting, extra benefits and agent-related activity.
Auburn can appeal this NCAA staff decision to the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. The decision is based on currently available information from the school, applies only to the individual eligibility of Wiley and does not impact any future infractions action. In addition, the outcome of this decision can be modified if additional or different facts warrant additional review.
When a school discovers NCAA rules violations have occurred, it must declare the involved student-athlete ineligible and may request reinstatement for competition. NCAA staff reviews each reinstatement request on a case-by-case basis. At this time, Wiley’s reinstatement request is the only one the NCAA has received from Auburn."
The 6'11 sophomore was suspended indefinitely earlier this basketball season along with teammate Danjel Purifoy.
The two have been held out of play due to the FBI investigation into a bribery scheme involving former Auburn Associate Head Coach Chuck Person.
Earlier Thursday, Auburn basketball Head Coach Bruce Pearl said he expects Wiley and Purifoy to remain with the team regardless of their playing status and that they will begin their spring semester enrolled at Auburn.
The NCAA has yet to make a ruling on Purifoy as of Jan. 11.
Auburn athletics has not commented on the eligibility of Wiley.