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Arizona begins process of firing assistant coach

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(TSX / STATS) -- The University of Arizona has "initiated the dismissal process" against assistant men's basketball coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson, who was one of four assistant coaches across the country arrested Tuesday morning on federal fraud and corruption charges.

The announcement came from university president Robert C. Robbins on Wednesday night.

"I have directed the University of Arizona to initiate an independent investigation into the alleged actions of Emanuel Richardson and to retain an external law firm to conduct the investigation," Robbins said in a statement. "We also have reviewed the specific factual allegations in the criminal complaint and have initiated the dismissal process against Mr. Richardson.

"The University of Arizona expects everyone who is part of our campus community to adhere to the highest ethical standards of behavior. Arizona Athletics has a strong culture of compliance that begins at the top and extends throughout the organization. Specifically, the Athletics Department has a documented history of strengthening institutional control by being proactive and comprehensive through rules education and program monitoring."

Richardson arrived at Arizona with head coach Sean Miller in 2009. Richardson has spent 11 seasons as an assistant for Miller, including two at Xavier preceding the move to Arizona.

Richardson and the other assistant coaches -- from Oklahoma State, Auburn and USC -- were among the 10 people arrested Tuesday. Richardson was released Tuesday afternoon after posting $50,000 bail.

In on-court news, Arizona announced that starting sophomore wing Rawle Alkins will miss eight to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday on a fractured bone in his right foot. He sustained the injury Tuesday in voluntary activities with his teammates, the school said in a release.

Updated September 27, 2017

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