Official statement from University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins on the status of Emanuel Richardson, who was implicated Tuesday in the FBI's basketball investigation:
"I have directed the University of Arizona to initiate an independent investigation into the alleged actions of Emanuel Richardson and to retain an external law firm to conduct the investigation.
"We also have reviewed the specific factual allegations in the criminal complaint and have initiated the dismissal process against Mr. Richardson.
"The University of Arizona expects everyone who is part of our campus community to adhere to the highest ethical standards of behavior. Arizona Athletics has a strong culture of compliance that begins at the top and extends throughout the organization. Specifically, the athletics department has a documented history of strengthening institutional control by being proactive and comprehensive through rules education and program monitoring."