The NCAA has launched an investigation into the Arizona men’s basketball program, a university spokesman confirmed to the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson on Friday night.

Via Arizona Daily Star

When asked to clarify if the reference to “investigations” included one from the NCAA, a university spokesman later confirmed that “an NCAA investigation is underway.”

Of course, by now, it’s of little surprise. The only question was how long the NCAA would wait to start folding evidence from the federal investigation and trials into its own investigation.

New NCAA rules changes last August give its enforcement staff the ability to directly import outside evidence, meaning Book Richardson’s guilty plea to a bribery charge will likely be acted on.

Former Arizona assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson pleaded guilty in January to accepting $20,000 in bribes to steer Arizona players to aspiring sports manager Christian Dawkins and certain financial advisers once they turned pro.

During a federal criminal trial in New York this week, Dawkins testified that he had a “pretty good” relationship with Arizona coach Sean Miller and didn’t need to bribe Richardson to get Wildcats players as clients.

Miller has adamantly denied paying players to attend Arizona.

This isn’t going to end well. 

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