Wildcats coach Miller breaks silence following arrest of assistant in bribery scandal

Wildcats coach Miller breaks silence following arrest of assistant in bribery scandal

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller broke his silence Tuesday, Oct. 3, a week after his assistant coach was caught up in a national bribery scandal.

In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, Wildcats assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson was one of 10 men arrested Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Miller released the following statement:

"I was devastated to learn last week of the allegations made against Emanuel Richardson.  I have expressed to both Dr. Robbins and our Athletic Director Dave Heeke that I fully support the University's efforts to fully investigate these allegations.

Also on Tuesday, UA President Robert C. Robbins offered support of Miller.

"Coach Miller has not been charged with -- nor accused of -- any misconduct and he has been fully cooperative and supportive of our efforts to determine the facts in pursuit of the truth," Robbins wrote on his website. "Based on the facts that we know at this time, we support Coach Miller and intend to provide him with all of the tools necessary to meet our goals and expectations."

Robbins also said the school has done everything it can to assist in the investigation.

"Upon learning of the indictment, we immediately consulted with the Office of the General Counsel and engaged in communications with officials from both the NCAA and PAC-12 Conference," Robbins wrote. "We initiated formal dismissal proceedings against Emanuel Richardson. At my direction, (we) initiated an independent review of the allegations leveled by the Department of Justice. The University has also retained outside counsel to assist the institution with the Department of Justice's criminal investigation, as well as with potential NCAA matters."

UA Athletic Director Dave Heeke also released a statement Tuesday. It can be found below.

Dear Wildcat Family:

Richardson, who is facing charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes by an agent of a federally funded organization, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and travel act conspiracy, has been suspended by the school.

UA officials have said they will cooperate with the investigation.

Richardson and the other were accused of using bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, financial advisers, even tailors.

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