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Report: Arizona to cut scholarships, visits

Posted on: February 5, 2010 6:46 am

Arizona will reduce the number of future scholarships, July recruiting days and official visits the men's basketball program can use because of recruiting violations tied to an AAU tournament held on its campus while Lute Olson was still the coach, according to a report by Jeff Goodman at

An official announcement could come Friday.

Arizona reported a potential violation in 2008 after Olson, now retired, sent a letter to booster club officials asking them to financially support the Cactus Classic -- an AAU tournament that was held at the McKale Center for three consecutive Mays. The event brought many of the nation's top prospects to the Arizona campus and was thus regarded as a major recruiting tool for the Wildcats.

The letter to boosters had Olson's electronic signature on it.

Still, the Hall of Fame coach denied ever seeing or approving the letter.

Sean Miller now coaches Arizona.

Nobody on his staff was involved in this matter.

The Wildcats are 12-10 overall, 6-4 in the Pac-10 in Miller's first season.
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