Report: Sean Miller, Arizona Accused of Multiple Rule Violations by NCAA

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2020

Arizona head coach Sean Miller during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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The NCAA sent the University of Arizona a Notice of Allegations on Wednesday that included "nine allegations of misconduct, five of which are classified as Level I violations," according to Seth Davis of The Athletic. 

Per that report, "The Level I allegations, which fall in the most serious category, include a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university; a lack of head coach control by men's basketball coach Sean Miller; and a lack of head coach control by Augie Busch, the women's swimming and diving coach."

As Davis reported, Arizona's outside counsel, Paul Kelly, noted when the school received the Notice of Allegations that the nine allegations "are greater than the number of violations alleged in any of the cases that have emerged as a result of the investigation into college basketball conducted by the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York."

One factor is that the NCAA said Book Richardson and Mark Phelps, former Miller assistants, didn't cooperate during the organizing body's investigation into the school. Arizona has denied the claim that this constitutes "adversarial posturing." 

Richardson pleaded guilty to a federal funds bribery charge in a sweeping investigation into illegal recruiting practices in college basketball. Richardson testified that he received $20,000 in bribes to steer Arizona players to Christian Dawkins and Munish Sood, an aspiring agent and financial adviser, respectively. 

Richardson was also heard on FBI wiretaps implying that Miller "bought" the commitment of Phoenix Suns center and former Arizona star Deandre Ayton. Additionally, he said Miller was "taking care of Rawle (Alkins) and them," referring to the former Arizona wing.

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After Richardson was sentenced to three months in a federal prison and two years of probation, however, he denied any knowledge of Miller paying players.

"I have no knowledge of Sean Miller paying players or attempting to pay them ... I was on trial no one else. Again I apologize to the University of Arizona, President Robbins and the kind and great people of Tucson for this. Thank you Tucson and all the Wildcats across the world!"

Per Davis, Phelps was fired by Arizona after falsifying transcripts.