TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - University of Arizona President Robert Robbins and the Arizona Board of Regents announced that Sean Miller will remain as the Head Basketball Coach in a press conference Thursday evening.
Embattled Wildcats head coach Sean Miller gave a statement at an unscheduled news conference early Thursday afternoon to publicly deny the accusations made against him in a recent ESPN article.
"I regret all of the negative attention brought to the program and university by these reports," said Miller. "I have never knowingly violated NCAA rules while serving as head coach of this program."
Miller closed out the conference with a message for his accusers.
"Let me be very, very clear, I have never discussed with Christian Dawkins about the payment of Deandre Ayton and did not even speak to Dawkins until after the recruitment process," said MIller.
The University of Arizona released the following statement on Thursday:
ABOR released the following statement:
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Miller has been at the center of a national controversy since Friday, when according to ESPN, 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 highly sought after player.
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.
Miller did not coach the Wildcats in their next game.
ESPN eventually issued two corrections to the story regarding the date of the phone call, casting doubt about its veracity in many people's eyes.
The Wildcats have already experienced at least one negative impact from the story.
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.