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Friday, September 13, 2019

All Bets Are On, Volume 30: On Arizona's Clash With Texas Tech, Marcel Yates' Job Security and Larry Scott's Terrible Adventure

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 12:17 PM

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak return for another episode of the Tucson Weekly's sports podcast.

The duo break down Arizona's 66-41 win over NAU a week ago and preview the team's home clash with Matt Wells and the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday.

They then break down the week's best college football action, Picks of the Dragon style to wrap up the episode.

Tune in each Friday for a new episode of the Tucson Weekly's sports podcast. 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Emanuel 'Book' Richardson Allegedly Offered $40,000 to Coach of Rawle Alkins

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:43 AM

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A Yahoo! Sports story published on Wednesday morning alleged that former Arizona assistant men's basketball coach Emanuel 'Book' Richardson told undercover officers he paid $40,000 to one of former Wildcat Rawle Alkins' high school coaches.

Richardson, who was sentenced to three months in prison earlier this year for accepting bribes as part of the FBI's investigation into college basketball, was caught on tape making the claims in 2017, the article states.

According to the story, Richardson referenced paying $40,000 to the "high school coach" to ensure Alkin's academic eligibility.

Public record from the trial of former agent employee Christian Dawkins and former Adidas consultant Merl Code this spring includes the transcript of the previously unreported conversation. In it, Richardson makes multiple references to paying $40,000 to have Alkins’ transcript amended so the highly recruited guard would be eligible to play his freshman college season in 2016-17.

In the transcript, Richardson did not say where he got the money. He cited the payment as an example of the difficulty handling the demands of recruits, their families and those around them.

“So, again, is it something different each year?” Richardson said, generally referencing having to financially support recruits’ families. “It is. Like I said, $40,000 to do that was totally extreme. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would not do it. I'd try to barter something. I'd give blood. I'd give semen, something.”

It’s unknown why the conversation was not used as evidence or played in court earlier this year. The 1,500-word transcript of the discussion between Richardson, Dawkins, financial adviser Munish Sood and undercover FBI agents Jeff D’Angelo and Jill Bailey includes Richardson speaking openly about arranging a payment of “two grand” every month to Alkins’ cousin, who he said moved to Tucson with him.

D’Angelo and Bailey were posing as financial advisers who were willing to “provide … a pot of money each year,” as D’Angelo said on the transcript, to Richardson for use in recruiting in exchange for him steering Arizona players to them when they turned professional.

Academic fraud and payments to a player’s family are potential Level I infractions, the most serious on the NCAA’s scale of violations. Court testimony and evidence already implicated Arizona in numerous other potential violations, with the future of the program and the college coaching career of Sean Miller hanging in the balance as the NCAA follows up in the wake of the federal investigation. Miller has maintained he had no knowledge of or involvement in any potential violations within his program.

Steve Thompson, attorney for Sean Miller, declined comment. Arizona officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Richardson currently is serving a three-month sentence at the federal correctional institute in Otisville, New York, after agreeing to plead guilty to a federal funds bribery charge unrelated to the alleged payments to Alkins’ family or his coach. Richardson was not available for comment.



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Friday, August 30, 2019

All Bets Are On, Volume 29: On Arizona's loss to Hawaii, college football week one and more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak are back to break down the first full week of the college football.

Boan spends the first segment recounting his college years at Colorado State, which hosts Colorado tonight.

The next segment features Vondrak riffing on Arizona's opening week loss to Hawaii in Honolulu, as well as picking the weekend's best games to bet on, Picks of the Dragon style, including a few upsets that'll take the country by storm.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

All Bets Are On, Volume 28: On Khalil Tate, Hawaii and College Football's Opening Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 1:19 PM

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak return to the Tucson Weekly audio studio to break down the University of Arizona's opening football game against Hawaii on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The duo then break down the expectations for UA coach Kevin Sumlin as he heads into his second season in Tucson after a 5-7 campaign in 2018.

Vondrak hands out his win total projections for several marquee programs in the show's final segment.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Arizona Diamondbacks Announce 2020 Regular Season Schedule

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 10:25 AM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks' 2020 schedule will kick off with a home series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 26, according to a team release on Monday.

The Diamondbacks, who enter their 22nd season in 2020, will host their season opener for the 16th time in franchise history.

The team will also host the Chicago Cubs at the end of April 30, with home games on Father's Day (June 21) and the Fourth of July.

Phoenix's MLB franchise will square off against teams from the American League West and Central, with the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals visiting Chase Field during the 162-game campaign.

For more information on the team's upcoming schedule, visit the team's website, or call the club's box office at 602-462-4600. 

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Friday, July 26, 2019

All Bets Are On, Volume 27: On Kevin Sumlin, Arizona football and the Pac-12 Football Landscape

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 12:21 PM

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak are back after a week off to discuss the Pac-12 football landscape roughly a month before kickoff.

The duo break down each of the conference's 12 teams and whether they can reach their over/under set by Vegas this fall.

They follow that up by picking their players of the year in the conference and whether the Pac-12 will get a team into the College Football Playoff this season.

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NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl adds MAC Conference to future schedule

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 9:38 AM

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Executive Director Kym Adair delivers the news: The Mid-American Conference will start an affiliation with the bowl in 2020. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Executive Director Kym Adair delivers the news: The Mid-American Conference will start an affiliation with the bowl in 2020.

College football teams from the Mid-American Conference will book a trip to Tucson every New Year's Eve, starting in 2020, thanks to a new affiliation with the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. MAC teams will play against those from the Mountain West Conference. The Sun Belt Conference previously participated in the bowl.

Bowl executive director Kym Adair delivered the announcement Thursday morning, adding that the new affiliation will run through 2025. Both conferences will send their “upper-echelon” teams to the bowl game, according to Adair, which will lead to better quality of play.

“This is a huge day in the history of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl,” she said. “We’re looking at the future, and we’re building something really special here in Southern Arizona. We’re going to bring two great, great football conferences to Tucson, and it really leapfrogs us forward.”

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson, who has led the conference since its inception in 1999, said the 13-team league is proud to re-up its partnership with the bowl game.

Thompson said the conference, which has teams in Colorado, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah, fits perfectly into the football culture of Southern Arizona.

He also believes the region’s support of the bowl game since its inception in 2014 shows how important it is to the civic pride of Tucson.

“Each year, it gets a little bit better, as far as fan experience, hospitality and the pregame festivities are concerned,” Thompson said. “We’re now going to play on New Year’s Eve, it’ll be fun. It will be a place to spend a different time than back home, in a different city.”

MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher called the conference’s decision to link up with Adair and company a no-brainer.

Steinbrecher is hopeful that players, parents and fans can all have a great time during the bowl week, which can in turn boost the city’s standing in the Midwest.

“For our student-athletes, what makes this [bowl game] special is that this is an area that many of them have never been to,” Steinbrecher said. “So, who knows how many of them will settle down here.”

Steinbrecher added that the conference’s decision to link up with Thompson and the Mountain West Conference stemmed from their shared vision for student-athletes’ welfare. He has no doubts that the Tucson-based bowl game can thrive on its new time and date, with a 2 p.m. kickoff local time.

Steinbrecher also said the Tucson bowl game can stand out in a crowded field, with 40 games played between Dec. 20 and Jan. 13. The longtime commissioner believes the MAC’s fans will flock to Southern Arizona, if for no other reason than the sunny, warm weather.

“I’ve waited a long time for this day to come around,” he said. “It is truly a privilege for the MAC to be a part of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl.”

Another draw to the game being moved to New Year’s Eve is the downtown block party that will serve as Tucson’s newest way to countdown to the next calendar year.

With a litany of events planned, as well as the dedicated alumni and fanbases that surround each of the conferences’ programs and their willingness to travel to bowl games in years past, the new pairing brings with it exciting expectations.

Adair said her main concern is ensuring that anyone that makes the trek to Arizona Stadium in years to come enjoys a quality product.

“We want to put together terrific football teams and football games, so that everybody can have an amazing experience,” she said. “[Fans] want to come to the warmth of Tucson in December, so bringing those fans to Tucson is really, really important, and we've got a lot of synergy with that.”

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Friday, July 12, 2019

All Bets Are On, Voume 26: On the Women's World Cup, Megan Rapinoe and the Home Run Derby

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 2:41 PM

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak are back after a week off to break down the Women's World Cup, Megan Rapinoe's speech at their victory celebration, the Home Run Derby and the latest NBA Free Agency drama.

The dynamic duo break down Rapinoe's larger than life performance at the WWC, including her dynamic speech at Wednesday's ticker-tape parade, and discuss what it'll take for the women to earn equal pay to the U.S. mens squad.

The final segment of Friday's show breaks down the decisions of the NBA's free agency class, as well as trades involving Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis and more.

Tune in each Friday for a new segment of All Bets Are On, the Tucson Weekly's only sports podcast.

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