TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona and Sean Miller released statements Saturday in response to reports made on Friday alleging that Miller had discussions about paying a star player to play at Arizona.
You can see the full statements from the UA and Sean Miller below:
Statement from Sean Miller:
ESPN college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman reported that Arizona Basketball coach Sean Miller will not coach against Oregon on Saturday.
The news on Saturday comes after Miller was named in a report on Friday.
According to an ESPN article, the FBI intercepted phone conversations between Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the federal agency's investigation into college basketball.
A source told ESPN Miller reportedly discussed a $100,000 payment to Deandre Ayton to ensure the standout freshman signed with the Wildcats.
Both Miller and Dawkins, who worked with ASM Sports agent Andy Miller, allegedly had several conversations about Ayton.
Miller reportedly told Dawkins that he should deal directly with him (Miller), instead of assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson when it came to finalizing the agreement.
On Saturday, the Wildcats lost one of the top recruits in the 2018 recruiting class in Shareef O'Neal.
O'Neal, the son of legendary NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, went to Twitter on Saturday to announce his decision to open up his recruitment.
He later tweeted:
Richardson was fired as assistant coach of the Wildcats after an earlier scandal broke about an alleged bribery scheme he was involved in.