Arizona Coach Mark Phelps Suspended 5 Days for NCAA Rules Violation

The Arizona Wildcats announced Friday that they have suspended assistant basketball coach Mark Phelps five days without pay for an unspecified violation of NCAA rules.  According to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, the suspension is unrelated to the FBI probe into corruption and bribery in college basketball that resulted in the federal indictment of former Wildcats assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson.  The Tucson Star's Zack Rosenblatt added senior forward Keanu Pinder has been

The Arizona Wildcats announced Friday that they have suspended assistant basketball coach Mark Phelps five days without pay for an unspecified violation of NCAA rules. 

According to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, the suspension is unrelated to the FBI probe into corruption and bribery in college basketball that resulted in the federal indictment of former Wildcats assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson. 

The Tucson Star's Zack Rosenblatt added senior forward Keanu Pinder has been suspended for Friday's season opener against Northern Arizona after he violated NCAA rules. 

Pinder, who transferred before the 2016-17 season from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, didn't have a particularly big role during his first year with the Wildcats. 

In 12.0 minutes per game, Pinder averaged 2.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks and shot 52.8 percent from the field. 

However, he was rather stout against opposing bigs and posted a team-best defensive rating of 94.0 over 421 minutes. 

Pinder is scheduled to be back with the team for Sunday's game against the UMBC Retrievers. 

       

Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com