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UA coach Sean Miller and other faculty release statements on bribery scandal

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University of Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller has released a statement on the bribery scandal that has rocked college basketball: 

“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.  As the head basketball coach at the University of Arizona, I recognize my responsibility is not only to establish a culture of success on the basketball court and in the classroom, but as important, to promote and reinforce a culture of compliance.  To the best of my ability, I have worked to demonstrate this over the past 8 years and will continue to do so as we move forward.”

Emanuel “Book” Richardson, an assistant coach for the Wildcats, is among four college coaches charged with taking cash bribes to deliver star athletes to an adviser or agent, federal prosecutors announced. Here's more as-seen on News 4 Tucson.

UA President, Dr. Robert Robbins, has released a statement regarding the steps being taken into upholding the ethical standards of the university community. "As your President, it is my responsibility to do what is right, to do what is needed, and to do all that I can to ensure that every member of our community is proud to be a Wildcat," Dr. Robbins stated.

That statement reads in part: 

 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.

We initiated formal dismissal proceedings against Emanuel Richardson, the assistant men’s basketball coach charged by federal prosecutors.  Mr. Richardson was immediately relieved of all duties.

At my direction, our Office of the General Counsel retained Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an internationally recognized law firm, to initiate an independent review of the allegations leveled by the Department of Justice against Mr. Richardson.  Their review includes all of the allegations related to Arizona contained in the criminal complaints issued last week and any related legal issues or compliance concerns arising from those complaints.  While the University is retaining the firm, I have given investigators my assurances that they have complete independence in their work.  The investigative team is led by Paul Charlton, the Managing Partner of Steptoe’s Phoenix office and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.  The work of investigators from Steptoe’s Phoenix and Chicago offices began on Monday and will be completed as efficiently and as comprehensively as possible.  We will share the results of their review.

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.  Jackson Lewis is a world-renowned firm recognized for their expertise in complex criminal and civil cases, as well as in issues involving professional and collegiate sports.  Attorney Paul Kelly, a highly respected former Assistant U.S. Attorney and trial attorney and Gregg Clifton, an accomplished sports lawyer and litigator, are leading the team.  Jackson Lewis attorneys Gene Marsh, former Chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions and one of the most widely respected attorneys in the field of NCAA enforcement matters, and John Long, an attorney with extensive experience in NCAA enforcement, eligibility, and compliance issues, will represent Arizona in any matters with the NCAA.

University of Arizona Athletic Director, David Heeke, also released a statement: 

As many of you are aware, a member of our men’s basketball coaching staff was arrested last week. I was angered and disheartened to learn of the news and its potential impact on the university, our athletics department, and this community.

As a proud and passionate supporter of Arizona Athletics, you deserve to know that we are winning with integrity at all times, and the steps announced today by President Robbins will make sure we are.  As the leader of the Department of Athletics, I expect all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff to act with integrity and character, and I promise that I, along with our staff, will work tirelessly to ensure this department operates with the highest of ethical standards.

I have admired President Robbins’ leadership at the university, and this past week, he has exhibited his experience, demeanor and thoughtfulness. We will continue to work closely together as we navigate this issue.

With basketball practice underway, I ask that you join me in supporting Sean Miller, the staff, and our student-athletes as they work towards the start of the season.

Earlier today, Sean released a statement and President Robbins shared a message with the community regarding the university's actions to this point. I want to make sure that you have seen both Coach Miller’s and President Robbins’ communications, which are below.

As President Robbins noted in his message, we will be a stronger university and department because of the actions announced today.

Read the criminal complaint here.

Meanwhile, Louisville's interim president was authorized Monday to fire Rick Pitino because of the school's involvement in the investigation.
The school's Athletics Association, a separate body of officials that oversees Louisville's sports programs, unanimously approved a resolution to fire Pitino after meeting for more than two hours on Monday.

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