NCAA launches investigation of Arizona program

ESPN

The NCAA has launched an investigation into the Arizona men's basketball program, a university spokesman confirmed to the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson on Friday night.

In response to an open records request, Arizona officials would not release the school's communication with the NCAA to the newspaper because "investigations into the University of Arizona men's basketball program are ongoing at this time."

A spokesman later acknowledged to the Daily Star that "an NCAA investigation is underway."

Former Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson pleaded guilty in January to accepting $20,000 in bribes to steer Arizona players to aspiring sports manager Christian Dawkins and certain financial advisers once they turned pro.

During a federal criminal trial in New York this week, Dawkins testified that he had a "pretty good" relationship with Arizona coach Sean Miller and didn't need to bribe Richardson to get Wildcats players as clients.

#basketball, #college

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