Arizona on Saturday has a chance to wrap up at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season crown, but for now that possibility has lost importance.
The school announced Sean Miller would not coach the team after an ESPN story Friday reported Miller was caught on FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment for Deandre Ayton to play for the Wildcats. Ayton signed with Arizona and is a freshman on this year’s team.
“I believe it is in the best interest of our team that I not coach the game tonight,” Miller said in a statement. “I continue to fully support the University’s efforts to fully investigate this matter and am confident that I will be vindicated. For now, my thoughts are with our team. They are a great group of young men that will support each other and continue their pursuit of winning a Pac-12 championship.
The school did clear Ayton to play. Associate coach Lorenzo Romar will take Miller’s place.
The taped conversation involving Miller is part an ongoing federal investigation into college basketball recruiting. Former Arizona assistant Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson has been arrested in the case.
SOURCE: USA Today Sports