March 5, 2009

Report: Arizona hoops being investigated

Arizona men's basketball is being investigated by the NCAA, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

A notice of inquiry has been sent to sent to Robert Shelton, the university's president, saying the allegations stem from initially self-reported violations involving an elite recruiting event at McKale Center known as the Cactus Classic.

The collegiate governing body initially began looking into the matter in 2008 after the school reported an undisclosed, secondary violation, a minimal NCAA infraction.

The letter, on UA letterhead, was signed by then-coach Lute Olson.

The newspaper added that the NCAA's letter added that it could expand its investigation if it obtains new information while inspecting the program.

Penalties for violations could include a loss of scholarships and/or recruiting visits.

Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood has not commented this week, while Bill Morgan, the school's associate AD for compliance, would confirm only that he has received the same notice of inquiry from the NCAA that was obtained by the newspaper.