Former Arizona Wildcats assistant coach Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson was a major focal point in the federal college basketball trial on Monday, even though he wasn’t actually there.
Wiretaps played during the trial of Christian Dawkins and Merl Code featured Richardson detailing some of the actions he took that led to his arrest in September 2017 on federal bribery charges.
Wild day in federal court. Ex Arizona assistant Book Richardson, on recorded tape, basically says despite making nearly $250,000 a year he was “broke” from using so much of own money to pay recruits. Hyperbole, sure, but still.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 29, 2019
Book Richardson said on tape he gave $10,000 of his own money to the Quinerlys, and also that Quinerly's mom wanted to move out to Tucson.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 29, 2019
"She was looking to move to Tucson and also looking for a potential job," Munish Sood testified. https://t.co/idYBqy7P3e
Book also said on tape that Rawle Alkins' cousin moved out to Tucson after he committed.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 29, 2019
"I give him like two grand a month, he works," Book said on tape. "He said, 'Is that like an allowance?' I said 'No, what I usually do, I just try to stagger it...I'll give him $1,500 cash' https://t.co/i7m3cPj2Xl
Richardson, an assistant for Sean Miller at both Xavier and Arizona, pleaded guilty in January to one bribery count and awaits sentencing in May.
Defense attorneys have been unsuccessful in trying to get U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos to compel Miller to take the stand, calling his testimony irrelevant to the trial despite claims by Dawkins on tape that Miller was willing to pay players. While such allegations aren’t criminal, they would be NCAA violations.
The same goes for any violations that may come as the result of Richardson’s actions, and that could ultimately lead to sanctions against Miller based on recent NCAA rule changes. Bylaw 126.96.36.199 says a head coach is “presumed to be responsible for the actions on all staff members who report, directly or indirectly, to the head coach” and that he “will be held accountable for violations in the program unless he or she can rebut the presumption of responsibility.”