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NCAA issues Notice of Allegations against UArizona basketball program

Posted at 10:09 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 01:42:21-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — UPDATE: UA Arizona confirmed Friday that it received the Notice of Allegations and released this statement:

The University of Arizona has received a Notice of Allegations (NOA) issued by the NCAA enforcement staff. However, in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing enforcement process, the University is not releasing the NOA at this time.

The Arizona Board of Regents will meet in an executive session from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the Notice of Allegations.

Original story:

According to Sports Illustrated, the University of Arizona was expected to receive a formal Notice of Allegations Thursday.

The NCAA has been investigating the program since 2017, when the FBI arrested then UA assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson on bribery charges.

Richardson served 90 days in prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

Richardson 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. He pleaded guilty to accepting $20,000 in bribes meant to get him to guide players to sign with Christian Dawkins and Munish Sood.

Since the FBI 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.

Miller did not testify in the related bribery trial of Dawkins and former Adidas consultant Merl Code. Both were convicted on bribery conspiracy charges.

Arizona is one of 12 schools the NCAA has investigated due to the FBI probe.

Once it receives the Notice of Allegations, the UA has 90 days to respond.

Miller is set to hold a virtual press day for the 2020-21 basketball season at noon.

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