Arizona Hoops Begins Process of Firing Assistant Coach Mark Phelps

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Phelps' attorney, Donald Maurice Jackson, said his client was suspended because of an alleged NCAA rules violation.

Arizona assistant men's basketball coach Mark Phelps was placed on administrative leave pending termination on February 5, according to an email sent by Matt Ensor, director of communication services at Arizona Athletics.

Arizona announced this evening that has begun the termination process for assistant coach Mark Phelps.

Phelps will be placed on suspension with pay in accordance with the school's policy.

Goodman reported that the rule violation for which Phelps was suspended involved a fraudulent online course with ex-Arizona commit Shareef O'Neal, the son of former National Basketball Association star Shaquille O'Neal.

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In its statement, the university specified that this decision regarding Phelps is not related to the situation with Richardson or the NCAA's investigation into the program stemming from the FBI's case.

Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson was sacked in January of 2018 and pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in late January of this year in a prosecution that exposed corruption in college basketball recruiting.

Both the University and UA Athletic Director Dave Heeke released statements Wednesday. "The decision to remove Coach Phelps immediately is a direct result of that commitment".

In a statement, the school said the move is not related to the federal proceedings surrounding the NCAA in NY. Phelps, the former head coach at Drake, has been an assistant under coach Sean Miller since 2015. He missed two games and returned to the bench November 15 to continue with his duties under Miller.

We will continue to update this story with any further developments.

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