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Report: Arizona receives five Level 1 NCAA allegations

Posted at 12:51 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 14:49:13-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Following a multi-year investigation, the NCAA has charged the University of Arizona with nine total allegations, five of which are Level 1 violations, according to a report from The Athletic.

The allegations include lack of control by UArizona Men's Basketball coach Sean Miller, as well as lack of institutional control, and failure to monitor by the university.

The Athletic reports the NCAA said the school "compromised the integrity of the investigation and failed to cooperate."

The infractions stem from at least three years ago when then assistant coach Book Richardson was arrested by the FBI. He later pleaded guilty to bribery charges, and spent three months in prison. Richardson was caught on FBI wire tap discussing payments to recruits.

Another assistant coach, Mark Phelps, reportedly broke NCAA rules by tampering with a transcript of one recruit, and paying for a plane ticket of a player.

Level 1 violations are the most egregious. They can lead to penalties such as loss of scholarships and post season bans.

Arizona received its Notice of Allegations on Thursday, although the university chose to keep that document private.

When asked about the NOA during a virtual media day news conference this past week, Miller repeatedly had no comment. Miller has had no comment since early 2018 when he read a statement denying he ever paid a player.

Upon receiving these allegations, Arizona has 90 days to respond to the NCAA. Arizona is the eighth university to publicly acknowledge receiving an NCAA notice of allegations.

Additionally, the Arizona Board of Regents met in a special executive session on Monday to discuss the latest developments and released this statement:

he Arizona Board of Regents was briefed and received legal advice yesterday regarding the NCAA investigation of the University of Arizona. The board takes these matters seriously and, as the governing body for the University of Arizona, is committed to upholding the integrity of the university, including its athletic programs.

The Athletic also reports that Wildcat swimming and diving coach Augie Busch is also charged with a violation.