Notice of the NCAA’s allegations against Arizona finally got to the media. Arizona initially refused to release the NOA, delivered to the school in October 2020, but ESPN recently won a case in state Superior Court, forcing the school to disclose it to all reporters who filed. requests under the Freedom Of Information Act.
Wildcats coach Sean Miller has been charged with Level I for failing to supervise two assistant coaches accused of academic misconduct and inappropriate recruiting incentives as the program faces four other Level I violations.
Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star broke the NOA. Here are the five Level I fees:
1. Unethical recruiting conduct involving academic misconduct: Former Arizona assistant coaches Book Richardson and Mark Phelps searched for fraudulent academic records for the rookies.
An FBI recording has Richardson discussing paying a high school coach $ 40,000 to help secure rookie Rawle Alkins’ eligibility. Phelps is also accused of organizing a “false or inaccurate academic record” for the recruiting of target Shareef O’Neal, who enrolled at UCLA and now plays at LSU.
2. Unethical Conduct: Richardson accepted $ 20,000 in bribes from an agency in exchange for his agreement to refer Arizona players to that agency as professionals.
Richardson admitted the charge, following the FBI investigation, and served a three-month prison sentence.
3. Unethical Conduct: Phelps asked an Arizona player to delete a text message thread related to an unauthorized $ 500 loan and lied to investigators about the allegedly fraudulent transcript.
The loan was for a plane ticket.
4. Head Coach’s Responsibility for Miller: For failing to demonstrate, he encouraged compliance, including failing to monitor Richardson for his relationship with an agent.
5. Arizona Lack of Institutional Control: Due to men’s basketball charges and two Level II charges involving swimming.
Another breakdown of what this potentially means for Arizona, which self-imposed a post-season ban this year, can be found in Pascoe. full report.