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Arizona basketball probed

March 05, 2009|Associated Press

TUCSON — The NCAA is investigating Arizona's basketball program for alleged recruiting violations, according to a notice of inquiry sent to the school's president.

The Arizona Daily Star reported on its website that the allegations stem from initially self-reported violations involving a recruiting event at the McKale Center, where the Wildcats play.

The NCAA began looking into the matter last year after Arizona reported that then-coach Lute Olson asked donors to give money to support the event, which brings in elite athletes for recruitment.

NCAA rules say a school or coach cannot offer or arrange financial assistance to pay for a recruit's expenses before his university enrollment.

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