An investigation into the University of Arizona men’s basketball program has begun, school officials confirmed to the Star on Friday.
UA had not previously confirmed that the program was being investigated. However, Yahoo quoted unnamed sources on Feb. 4 saying that it was happening with the UA and other schools.
Less than a month after Book Richardson was arrested and the federal college basketball investigation became public in September 2017, the Star filed a public records request asking for any letter of inquiry or investigation sent by the NCAA.
The UA responded on Feb. 6 of this year, saying there were no such records. It responded again Friday, saying it would not release communication records with the NCAA because “investigations into the University of Arizona men’s basketball program are ongoing at this time.”
When asked to clarify if the reference to “investigations” included one from the NCAA, a university spokesman later confirmed that “an NCAA investigation is underway.”