TUCSON – Former University of Arizona assistant basketball coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson was sentenced Thursday to three months in prison followed by two years of probations in college basketball corruption case, according to NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk’s Twitter account.
Ex-Arizona assistant Book Richardson sentenced to prison in bribery case https://t.co/6BbVYXbrxT
— College Basketball Talk (@CBTonNBC) June 6, 2019
On Sept. 26, 2017, Richardson was arrested on corruption and bribery charges in connection to an NCAA scandal that accuses the former coach of paying a Wildcat recruit about $20,000. That month, Richardson was suspended shortly after the news broke of Richardson’s arrest, and he was formally fired Jan. 11.
In January, the former assistant coach pleaded guilty to one count of federal funds bribery. This charge has a sentence range of 18-24 months. The five other charges were dropped in the case.
Officials say Richardson initially faced 60 years in prison in relation to the charges.