While the exact impact of Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson’s arrest on the University of Arizona basketball program remains to be seen, there are a number of potential effects.
If investigators find any current players took money from an agent or a financial advisor, the NCAA could declare them ineligible to play and sanctions could be enforced on the team as a whole.
Also, if any other staff members are found to have knowledge of Richardson’s alleged actions, they could be disciplined.
And the current recruit class could be affected as well if players decide they do not want to be involved with the program following the arrest.
That’s something that’s already happened at Auburn University, where 4-star recruit E.J. Montgomery just de-committed following assistant coach Chuck Person’s arrest.
Also, court records stated Richardson accepted 20,000 dollars in bribes, some of which he allegedly provided to a five star prospect who verbally committed ‘on or around August 9th’.
Five-star point guard, Jahvon Quinerly, verbally committed on August 8th. If he is determined to be the recruit in the document, he could be ineligible to play for the U of A or any other NCAA team.