Ex-Auburn bas­ket­ball coach pleads not guilty

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A pros­e­cu­tor says the gov­ern­ment has 16 hours of tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions by fired Auburn as­so­ciate head bas­ket­ball coach Chuck Per­son to use against him at trial.

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Robert Boone in New York made the dis­clo­sure as Per­son pleaded not guilty Tues­day to charges in a col­lege bas­ket­ball bribery scan­dal. In­dict­ments were re­turned last week against eight peo­ple, in­clud­ing four coaches.

Per­son de­clined to com­ment as he left the court­room. The plea was a pro­ce­dural step in a process lead­ing to trial.

Boone told Judge Loretta Preska that the gov­ern­ment cap­tured con­ver­sa­tions rel­e­vant to the case by tapping two of Per­son’s phones.

Auburn said last week that Per­son was fired in mid-Oc­to­ber. He had been sus­pended with­out pay fol­low­ing his Septem­ber ar­rest.

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