Sean Miller will not coach Arizona on Saturday night against Oregon. He might never coach the Wildcats again after he was reportedly recorded discussing a $100,000 payment to secure the commitment of Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton.
Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star first reported the news that Miller would not be on the sidelines Saturday night before the school released the following two statements.
Sean Miller will not coach Arizona vs. Oregon
BREAKING: Arizona/Sean Miller Statement: pic.twitter.com/DA6DJZT16D
— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) February 24, 2018
An FBI wiretap reportedly caught Miller discussing the payment for Ayton — a highly coveted recruit in the 2017 class — with an associate from Andy Miller’s ASM Sports agency, according to an ESPN report. An FBI probe into corruption in college basketball has focused on ASM Sports, and Yahoo released a detailed report about loans to players and other potential NCAA violations committed in connection to the agency Friday morning.
Miller has been Arizona’s coach since the beginning of the 2009 season and has a 242-72 record with the Wildcats. Arizona, ranked 14th in the country, is 22-6 this season heading into its game Saturday night.
Miller’s brother, Archie, is in his first season as Indiana’s coach. He was not asked about the report regarding his brother after the Hoosiers lost in double overtime to Ohio State on Friday night.
ESPN just basically called out all the Indiana beat writers, saying "Nobody asked" Archie Miller about the Sean Miller story following Indiana's loss to Ohio State on Friday night.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 24, 2018