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    UA President Robbins in full support of Coach Sean Miller

    University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins, center, watches the UA-UTEP game from the sidelines with Arizona Senior Associate Director of Athletics Erika Barnes, left.

    University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins issued a statement about the ongoing investigation of the men’s basketball team as it pertains to former assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson. In his statement Tuesday, Robbins detailed the process of the investigation, the steps the school and athletic department have taken towards looking into any wrongdoing and support of current head coach Sean Miller.

    Robbins detailed the hiring of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an internationally recognized law firm, to handle an independent review of the allegations from the Department of Justice last week. The investigation into NCAA matters was issued to outside counsel, Jackson Lewis, including Attorney’s Paul Kelly and Gregg Clifton. Gene Marsh and John Long will also represent the school on behalf of Jackson Lewis when it comes to matters concerning the NCAA.

    In the statement it is said that there is no timeline for the Department of Justice and that patience is expected for what is thought to be a lengthy legal process.

    Part of Robbins issuance of this statement was to back head coach Sean Miller, who has been under fire from the public for not speaking sooner on the issue.

    “Based on the facts we know at this time, we support Coach Miller and intend to provide him with all of the tools necessary to meet our goals and expectations,” Robbins said in the statement. “The tremendous young men in our basketball program deserve our continued support as they work towards the start of the season, and I have complete faith that our passionate fans will continue to show them our love.”

    Athletic director Dave Heeke echoed Robbins support of the program with similar statements as well. Saying that fans should continue to support Miller and the student-athletes as they get set to start the season. Heeke also mentions that the school will be stronger because of the actions announced today.

    See President Robbins full statement here.

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