Former Tiger Expected to Interview for AU Job

Auburn is hunting for Tony Barbee's replacement and a former AU star is expected to interview for the position.

Auburn, Ala.--The all-time leading scorer in Auburn University basketball history, Chuck Person, is in Auburn where he is expected to interview for the vacant AU head coach position.

Tony Barbee, who directed the Tigers the past four seasons, was fired as head coach on Wednesday night after his team finished the season with a loss to South Carolina in the opening round of the SEC Tournament to drop the record to 14-16.

The 49-year-old Person most recently coached in Korea after previously working as an assistant coach for Cleveland, Indiana, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Person, who played for Coach Sonny Smith, scored 2,311 points and pulled in 940 rebounds in four collegiate seasons starting in 1982-83.

Person is shown with Sonny Smith.

He played on the team that made Auburn's deepest run in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as the Tigers came up one win short of making the 1986 Final Four after losing to eventual champion Louisville in the regional final. Person led that team with averages of 21.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.

Person, the 1986-87 NBA Rookie of the Year with the NBA Pacers, also played for Minnesota, San Antonio and Charlotte before wrapping up his NBA playing days in 1999-2000 at Seattle.

Auburn officials have given no time frame on when they would like to have Barbee's successor named. Former Tennessee head coach, Bruce Pearl who is currently working as a TV basketball analyst, is under serious consideration, sources have told Inside the Auburn Tigers.


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