The NCAA has filed five Level 1 charges against Arizona – four against the men’s basketball program and one against the athletics department, the school said Friday.
The charges include a lack of charge against the head coach against head coach Sean Miller. Most of the allegations have focused on former assistants Buk Richardson and Mark Phelps, while Miller is said to have generally failed to promote compliance or monitor his reports.
The full list of Tier 1 fees is as follows:
- Unethical recruitment behavior involving academic violations by former assistant coaches Buk Richardson and Mark Phelps. The NCAA stated that “they committed an academic violation prior to enrollment and / or provided unauthorized recruitment incentives when they knowingly arranged false academic transcripts.”
- Richardson’s unethical behavior in accepting $ 20,000 bribes (an accusation that Richardson admitted and served a three-month prison sentence).
- Phelps’ unethical behavior in asking a UA player to delete a text message thread related to an ineligible $ 500 loan he provided and a lie to investigators.
- It is the head coach’s responsibility for Miller for not demonstrating that he has encouraged compliance.
- Institutional lack of control for Arizona due to men’s basketball fees and two Level II fees, including swimming.
The NCAA also issued a Level 2 indictment against Phelps for giving a player a $ 500 loan and asking a player to help him recruit.
Other Level 2 charges have been filed against the swimming and diving program for organizing illegal trials and the lack of responsibility for Augie Busch’s head coach.
Arizona imposed a one-year ban on its men’s basketball program after the Dec. 29 season, acknowledging that “an NCAA investigation has revealed that some former members of the men’s basketball staff have shown serious discrepancies in the assessment.”
The NCAA Penal System calls for a post-season ban of one to two years for a standard Level 1 violation, although a aggravated Level 1 violation has a ban of two to four years. Among the aggravating factors is the indication that a program “compromises the integrity of the investigation” and fails to cooperate.
If Miller is found guilty of a Level 1 fee, he will lose a $ 1 million bonus, although he may have already received part of that bonus and will have to return the payment.
Richardson pleaded guilty to accepting a $ 20,000 bribe to direct Arizona players to ambitious agent Christian Dawkins and financial manager Munis Sud. Richardson told Dawkins that Miller was paying $ 10,000 to sign Deandre Eaton with Arizona, and the interception of a phone call was being played in court.