Weekend lookahead: Arizona and Alabama battle uncertainty and each other

Arizona hosts Alabama this weekend, and what would ordinarily (and what, indeed, still could) be an unusually good December game will additionally carry with it an undertone of uncertainty. What’s happening in December, in other words, is still playing out in shadows cast by September.

That was when the Department of Justice announced that it was charging Wildcats assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, along with three other assistants at different Division I programs, with fraud and corruption. The following day, Crimson Tide associate athletic director Kobie Baker resigned after admitting to university officials in Tuscaloosa that he was “Staff Member 1” referenced in the FBI complaint. |ESPN|