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Ex-Arizona Coach Emanuel Richardson Pleads Guilty in NCAA Scandal

  • Emanuel Richardson got thousands to steer recruits to an agent
  • Richardson was one of 10 people charged in September 2017
Emanuel Richardson

Emanuel Richardson

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A former assistant basketball coach at the University of Arizona admitted that he accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to steer prized recruits to an agent, handing prosecutors another victory in a wide-ranging crackdown on criminal influence in the sport.

Emanuel “Book” Richardson, 46, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in New York on Tuesday. His voice shaking, Richardson said he took $20,000 at meetings in New York and New Jersey during the summer of 2017 with agent Christian Dawkins and an undercover FBI agent to push Arizona players to sign with Dawkins. Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, he agreed to forfeit the cash and faces 18 to 24 months in prison when he’s sentenced in April.