TUCSON, Arizona — Basketball Hall of Famer and ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale claims that the NCAA will significantly punish Arizona Basketball later this month.
In a tweet, Vitale says that Arizona, as well as LSU, will receive its notice of allegations, and they will include major level one charges.
Level one punishment could mean a post-season ban and a possible loss of scholarships.
Former UArizona assistant coach Book Richardson recently spent time in prison for pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in a scheme involving recruits and agents.
Another assistant coach, Mark Phelps, was terminated in 2019. ESPN reported that he was accused of tampering with the transcripts of recruit Shareef O'neal.
It should be noted that Vitale has made similar claims in the past. Arizona has yet to receive NCAA punishment, although it has not been made clear if the matter has been resolved.
My latest update on @APlayersProgram & @LSUBasketball in respect to @NCAA The delay in allegations sent to both has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Arizona will receive their NOA (notice of allegations ) this month . They will include major Level 1 charges .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 17, 2020