Report: NCAA to notify Arizona of formal allegations against basketball program

Report: NCAA to notify Arizona of formal allegations against basketball program
Arizona Wildcats basketball Coach Sean Miller

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The NCAA has reached an important step in an investigation of the University of Arizona basketball program, according to a report by Sports Illustrated.

According to the report, Arizona will receive a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The NCAA has investigated 12 schools after a federal corruption probe in 2017, which resulted in the arrests of four assistant coaches, including Emanuel “Book” Richardson. Richardson spent three months in prison after pleading guilty to accepting bribes.

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If Arizona is hit with Level 1 violations, the NCAA’s “head coach responsibility” rule means Coach Sean Miller potentially could be penalized whether or not he is found to have directly committed violations.

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