University of Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller won’t coach Saturday’s game against Oregon after a report of an FBI wiretap reportedly caught Miller discussing a six-figure payment to then recruit Deandre Ayton when he was according to Land of 10.
Miller being pulled from Saturday’s game was the latest fallout from the report and from the recent NCAA scandal that linked coaches, agents and shoe companies in a pay-for-recruits scandal, which already cost former national champion coach Rick Pitino his job at Louisville and forced the school to vacate its 2013 NCAA championship and wins over four seasons.
The wiretap revealed talk of a $100,000 payment involving Miller and to Ayton who was a top recruit in the 2017 Arizona class and is now a freshman there.
Arizona Daily Star sports editor Ryan Finley reported Ayton was playing Saturday, and the school hadn’t given indictation if Miller, the brother of former University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller, would be suspended or fired.
The Friday’s report also cost Arizona top recruit Shareef O’Neal, the son of NBA great and basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. Shareef O’Neal announced he had re-opened his recruitment on Saturday afternoon on his personal Twitter account.
At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team.I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it's in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018
I wanted to send a personal thank you to coach miller , coach romar , coach phelps , and all the Arizona staff and fans for all the support they’ve shown my family and I.— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018