Following the Arizona superior court ruling, Arizona Athletics finally released the NCAA Notice of Allegations, and that’s what we expected.
With Arizona’s 2020-21 basketball season officially over, the two days have been busy and filled with drama for the Wildcats and Arizona Athletics.
As you should have seen by now, it all started when Arizona Superior Court judge sided with ESPN suing the University of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents for the publication of the NCAA Notice of Allegations.
Still awaiting a response from the schools, the Arizona Sports Department finally released the Notice of Allegations on Friday night, and for those following that, much like us, you would have seen that the allegations are enough. weak, and nothing shed light on it that we didn’t already know. in there that we didn’t already know.
1. Unethical recruiting conduct involving academic misconduct by former assistant coaches Book Richardson and Mark Phelps. The NCAA contends that former Arizona assistant coaches “engaged in academic misconduct prior to enrollment and / or provided an impermissible recruiting inducement when they knowingly organized false academic transcripts.”
2. Unethical conduct by Richardson for accepting $ 20,000 in bribes (charge which Richardson admitted and served three months in jail).
3. Unethical behavior by Phelps for asking a UA player to delete a text message thread regarding an ineligible $ 500 loan he had provided, and lying to investigators.
4. Head Coach Sean Miller is responsible for failing to demonstrate that he has promoted compliance.
5. Arizona Lack of Institutional Control Due to Men’s Basketball Charges.
I don’t know about you, but the allegations are pretty weak here, and again, there’s nothing in there that we didn’t already know as fans. And if we are talking about “wins”, that’s about as many wins as you will get if you are Arizona Basketball.
The allegations essentially establish that two assistants were caught in bad behavior, the school and the program reacted accordingly by letting them go, and there is no verifiable evidence that Miller knew what was going on.
Yes, the compliance aspect ultimately comes down to Miller, and it’s likely he could see some sort of suspension (assuming he was withheld) at the Jim Boeheim with Syracuse in 2015, but I do not consider this a punishable offense for the University. Sorry, Miller hates it.
All in all, these are pretty weak things, and Arizona would be foolish to make rash decisions after the allegations are released.