The pressure on Arizona coach Sean Miller rose Wednesday night. The school announced that the assistant coach, Mark Phelps, was suspended for the purpose of returning him.

A statement from Arizona said the school had "initiated the process to terminate" Phelps, putting it under suspension suspended for an indefinite period in the meantime. Yahoo Sports has confirmed numerous media reports that the suspension was linked to academic work by former Arizona rookie Shareef O'Neal, son of the former NBA star. Shaquille O'Neal, who is now at UCLA.

According to the school's statement, "this staff action is unrelated to the federal criminal proceedings in New York nor to the NCAA's review of the facts underlying the allegations of unlawful conduct."

"Mark Phelps has done absolutely nothing in violation of the NCAA rules," said his lawyer, Don Jackson, at ESPN on Wednesday night.

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Dawkins' lawyer, Steve Haney, is adamant that Dawkins will not follow the initiative of the three assistant coaches – Richardson, Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans, former assistant of Oklahoma State and South Carolina – pleading. This means that Miller should be called to testify. Sources told Yahoo that Miller is one of many federal phone tapping school coaches who talk to Dawkins, which could result in their conversations being held in federal court. .

Last year, Yahoo Sports sent Dawkins emails to colleagues at ASM Sports, claiming that it was linked to former Arizona assistant, Joe Pasternack, who would help Agency to find customers. In federal court, Pasternack was accused of having offered $ 50,000 to family rookie Brian Bowen for going to Arizona.

And now, a third assistant, Phelps, is under surveillance.

Richardson's guilty pleas add to the burden of responsibility for Miller's head coach – NCAA Rule 11.1.1.1 – who holds Miller accountable for his actions in his program. Richardson is a longtime assistant to Miller, having worked for him in Xavier and Arizona for more than ten years.

The uncertainty surrounding the future of basketball in Arizona has drawn the attention of the board of Regents of Public Universities, Arizona. According to the council's website, the executive portion of Thursday will include "legal advice and discussions regarding male basketball from the University of Arizona".

The Arizona board has repeatedly discussed the future of men's basketball in executive session, the latest on Jan. 24. It is not uncommon for the discussions to take place as a result of all the problems related to the program, but it does point to a number of difficult questions that universities face regarding the future of Miller and the program. The Republic of Arizona reported in November that the school had disbursed more than $ 1 million in legal fees related to the case. The university has an independent lawyer who investigates and investigates facts for more than a year.

Arizona Sports Director, Dave Heeke, issued Wednesday night the following statement: "The University of Arizona is committed to meeting the highest standards in sports and recreation. Integrity and ethical conduct and our commitment to these principles is unwavering. The decision to immediately withdraw Phelps coach is a direct result of this commitment. We are striving to compete with the NCAA and PAC-12 rules and will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA. Coach Miller fully supports this decision, which we agree is in the interest of the men's basketball program and the University. "

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