TUCSON – The University of Arizona has started the process to terminate assistant men’s basketball coach, Mark Phelps.
The university said this decision is not in connection to the federal criminal proceedings in New York or the NCAA review of the team.
Phelps has been put on suspension with pay as the process continues.
Athletic director Dave Heeke released a statement Wednesday night in response to the news:
“The University of Arizona is committed to the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct and our commitment to those principles is unwavering. The decision to remove Coach Phelps immediately is a direct result of that commitment. We strive to compete within the rules of the NCAA and the PAC-12 Conference, and we will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA. Coach Miller fully supports this decision, which we agree is in the best interests of our men’s basketball program and the University.”