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Former UA coach "Book" Richardson sentenced in college basketball corruption case

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 20:35:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Former University of Arizona assistant basketball coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday following a multi-year college basketball corruption investigation.

Richardson received three months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, according to CBS Sports reporter Matt Norlander.

Richardson, who must surrender to authorities July 18, was one of four NCAA men's basketball assistant coaches arrested and charged with fraud and corruption in 2017 following a federal investigation that began in 2015.

Since the investigation began, Arizona basketball's name has been brought up several times, with claims that Richardson, aspiring agent Christian Dawkins and head coach Sean Miller were involved in discussing paying potential recruits, including Deandre Ayton.

In the 2017-2018 season, Miller claimed he never had a conversation related to paying Ayton.

On April 19, it was decided that Miller would not testify in the related bribery trial of Christian Dawkins and former Adidas consultant Merl Code. Both were convicted on bribery conspiracy charges.

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