Former NCAA Coach Gets 3-Month Sentence For Bribery Scheme

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Emanuel “Book” Richardson, a former University of Arizona basketball coach who admitted to taking bribes to steer players to sports managers when they go pro, is now the first of four coaches convicted in the kickback scheme to receive jail time.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Manhattan slapped Richardson, an assistant coach who worked for the school from 2009 to his 2017 arrest, with a three-month sentence to be followed by two years of supervised release for his admission that he took $20,000 in bribes to encourage players to hire aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins.

Prosecutors had called for Richardson, a New York City native who said he has lived in all boroughs except Staten Island to get a sentence of 1 1/2 to 2 years in prison.

Richardson’s sentencing came just one day after Tony Bland, a former assistant coach for the University of South Carolina, who admitted taking a $4,100 bribe, avoided a prison sentence and walked away from the federal courthouse in Manhattan with two years of probation.

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