University of Arizona to begin internal investigation on basketball bribery
11:15 PM, Sep 27, 2017
5:50 AM, Sep 28, 2017
TUCSON - University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins commented on the status of Emmanuel Richardson, who was suspended and relieved of all duties following an FBI basketball investigation.
Here is part of his statement:
"I have directed the University of Arizona to initiate an independent investigation into the alleged actions of Emmanuel Richardson and to retain an external law firm to conduct the investigation. We have also reviewed the specific factual allegations in the criminal complaint and have initiated the dismissal process against Mr. Richardson."
Richardson is one of ten men who have been charged in a crackdown on corruption in college basketball with using bribes to influence athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, financial advisers and even tailors. Those charged include a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches from around the country.
The initial charges could be just the tip of the iceberg. More programs and coaches could be entangled as the FBI digs deeper, and schools where the arrested coaches previously worked could face scrutiny.
The FBI and U.S. attorneys have the reach and the power to expand the investigation. It has also set up a tip line and encouraged anyone with information on the case to come forward.