Former UA basketball assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson pleaded guilty to one count of federal funds bribery Monday, which could carry an 18-24 month sentence in prison.

Former UA assistant coach Book Richardson won’t have to cooperate with federal authorities under terms of the plea agreement he reached Jan. 7, his attorney said.

New Orleans-based attorney Craig Mordock had said that no decision had been reached, but said a day after the agreement that it was more accurate to phrase the upcoming deal as “not contingent on cooperation.”

Richardson is scheduled to receive a sentencing date on Jan. 22 and will likely be sentenced in April. The lone bribery charge he pleaded guilty to as part of the agreement carries a range of 18-24 months in prison, though it is possible it could be less.

The first college basketball figure to strike a plea agreement, former USC assistant coach Tony Bland, is expected to only receive probation. There is no mention in his agreement of Bland having to cooperate.

Richardson’s plea agreement papers have not yet become public but could be later this week. Mordock said he sent originals to New York via FedEx.

While Arizona is believed to be the only Pac-12 team that regularly charters, the Wildcats' opponent Wednesday probably wishes they do more than ever.

Stanford players tried to fly home via United on Sunday night after playing USC, but they arrived at LAX only to find flights canceled and delayed for up to four hours into the Bay area because of bad weather.

Rather than risk a long delay or possible cancellation of their own flight, the Cardinal opted instead to bus to Palo Alto, and didn’t arrive until about 4 a.m., according to Pac-12 Networks broadcaster Roxy Bernstein (who told the story via the Pac-12's SiriusXM channel).

The Cardinal stopped at a supermarket for supplies along the way.

Timeline: How the Book Richardson case unfolded 

Contact sports reporter Bruce Pascoe at 573-4146 or On Twitter @brucepascoe


Bruce is a veteran Star sports reporter who has also worked at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He graduated from Northwestern University and has an MBA from Thunderbird.