College Corruption

Former University of Arizona assistant men's basketball coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson leaves Manhattan federal court in New York, after he was sentenced on a bribery conspiracy charge in the college basketball recruiting scandal that hit major schools, Thursday, June 6, 2019.

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These movers-and-shakers in the college basketball world had themselves a bad week. Our college basketball writer explains why:

Behind bars

Former Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson surrendered Thursday to start his three-month prison sentence after being convicted of taking $20,000 in bribes. Lamont Evans is the only other assistant coach that received jail time after the federal investigation into college basketball.

Not scot-free

While former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person avoided jail time (he got 200 hours of community service instead), the Tigers won’t avoid some potential NCAA penalties. Auburn expects the notice of allegations from the NCAA soon. Makes sense. Are Arizona, USC and Oklahoma State next?

Pay what you owe

Speaking of the NCAA, they’re going to start paying out a $208 million settlement to more than 50,000 former college athletes next month after a class-action lawsuit challenged the NCAA’s caps on compensation. Could be a blow — a deserved one — to the NCAA trying not to pay athletes.

Scott Richey covers college basketball for The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).