A new ESPN report has revealed that Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretaps reportedly recorded a phone call where Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller discussed paying $100,000 to star freshman DeAndre Ayton to commit to the Wildcats.
In a statement, Miller said, "I believe it is in the best interest of our team that I not coach the game tonight".
Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star first reported the news that Miller would not be on the sidelines Saturday night. It was a return to the head coaching spot he held at his previous stops including Washington for the last 15 years before arriving in Tucson to begin this season.
Unfortunately for Arizona, it wasn't able to get Ayton the ball in the second half as much as in the first. Is the season toast?
Romar said he did not take part in any discussions about potentially keeping Ayton out of the lineup, but he was informed Saturday that Ayton would be available.
Miller said in a statement that he is confident he will be vindicated but did not coach Arizona in Saturday's 98-93 overtime loss to OR, nor did he fly back to the university on the team charter.
Romar was told he would be standing in for Miller earlier in the day.
The Wildcats will finish their Pac-12 season at home against Cal and Stanford as they look to secure the conference regular season title with a sweep of the two schools. "This includes basketball and anything else".
Ayton had 28 points and 16 rebounds for Arizona (22-7, 12-4 Pac-12), and Rawle Alkins added 24 points.
Boston attorney Paul Kelly, who is conducting Arizona's internal investigation into an FBI probe, issued a statement Sunday vouching for Ayton and his eligibility.
The assistant is accused of accepting $20,000 in bribes, as well as paying prospects to sign with Arizona.
Arizona was all too eager to accept the illogical argument that Richardson went rogue in an attempt to make a quick buck.
Alabama athletic director Greg Bryne had been the AD at Arizona prior to taking the job with the Crimson Tide past year.
That Arizona administrators stood behind Miller last fall after those initial allegations reflects the win-at-all costs mentality in college athletics today.