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Austin Wiley ruled out for remainder of season by NCAA, eligible to return for 2018-19

Austin Wiley ruled out for remainder of season by NCAA, eligible to return for 2018-19
Published On: Thu, Jan 11
Mar 20, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Valparaiso Crusaders guard Darien Walker (5) works around Maryland Terrapins guard Dion Wiley (5) during the first half in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn sophomore center Austin Wiley has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, the NCAA announced on Thursday.

Wiley will be eligible to return for the 2018-19 season following an NCAA reinstatement decision after an internal investigation and self-reported violations by Auburn regarding recruiting, extra benefits and agent-related activity.

Auburn can appeal the NCAA's decision to the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. According to the NCAA, the decision on Wiley is "based on currently available information from the school" and applies only to the individual eligibility of Wiley.

"We will follow the normal NCAA appeals process based on today's decision," a university spokesman said.

Wiley and redshirt sophomore forward Danjel Purifoy have been held out of games this season by Auburn amid concerns about their eligibility stemming from the FBI investigation into the criminal influence of money on college basketball that rocked the sport in the fall. Wiley is believed to be one of two Auburn players referenced in a federal complaint against former associate head coach Chuck Person, who was one of 10 people -- including four assistant coaches from across the country -- arrested Sept. 26 as part of the investigation.

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