Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretaps caught Arizona coach Sean Miller discussing paying $100,000 to ensure five-star freshman Deandre Ayton would enroll and play for the Wildcats, according to a report late Friday from ESPN.
Arizona associate head coach Lorenzo Romar directed the team, and Ayton played during a 98-93 loss in overtime. 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.
Ayton played 44 of the 45 available minutes, and Romar said Ayton may have exhausted in the overtime period after such a draining effort in regulation. Is the season toast?
There's no way that Sean Miller should be allowed to coach his team again in the wake of these reports. "They are a great group of young men that will support each other and continue their pursuit of winning the PAC-12 championship".
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Miller and Dawkins had multiple conversations about Ayton, sources told ESPN.
On Sunday, Oregon (27-4, 16-2 Pac-12) led by six after the first quarter and extended its lead to 10 by halftime by moving the ball and keeping the Wildcats off balance defensively; UO assisted on 19 of its 26 field goals. Trier and Ayton are both averaging 19.6 points for the Wildcats.
Dawkins was accused of wire fraud in December, and was also suspected in Yahoo's report, alongside ASM Sports founder Andy Miller, for granting impermissible loans and payments to players from Alabama, Duke, Kentucky, and Michigan State. The FBI alleges Richardson took $20,000 in bribes from an undercover agent and help facilitate, illegally, recruitments of coveted, high-profile prospects.
He had been reported to be in consideration for the Pitt job when the Panthers hired Kevin Stallings in 2016, but notoriously refuted claims that he was in Pittsburgh for an interview by having his Arizona staff post a picture of him walking around campus.
The Arizona Board of Regents met in an emergency executive session Saturday "to receive legal advice regarding the issue and plans to reconvene for updates and legal advice in the coming days". The school fired Richardson on January 11.