SEC basketball coaches to meet today by phone

Thursday, September 28, 2017

SEC basketball coaches to meet today by phone

The Southeastern Conference has altered Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting with its men's basketball coaches in Birmingham. Instead of having the coaches visit the SEC headquarters as planned, the meeting now will take place via conference call.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey explained the change in plans in a statement.

"With the developments nationally around basketball this week and considering the things we need to accomplish as a group," Sankey's statement says, "we decided to address our men's basketball meeting agenda via conference call and allow our coaches to stay on campus."

When it was reported Wednesday evening that the SEC coaches were scheduled to be in Birmingham on Thursday, it created a mistaken perception that the meeting was in response to the federal complaints against 10 different people in the college basketball world, including four assistant coaches, one of them Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person.

Person, who was arrested and charged with six federal crimes, has been suspended without pay by Auburn.

The complaint against Person also mentioned a staff member at a different school whom AL. com has identified as Alabama associate athletics director Kobie Baker. Baker has not been charged with any crimes, but Alabama announced Wednesday evening that it had accepted Baker's resignation.

An SEC spokesperson said the coaches "were not summoned" to Birmingham as a result of that FBI probe but were scheduled to arrive at the SEC office for a previously scheduled meeting.

from Auburn Sports Impact

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