Things are going from bad to worse for the Arizona Wildcats basketball program.
It was revealed on Friday night that head coach Sean Miller was overheard on intercepted wiretap phone conversations with agent Christian Dawkins discussing paying $100,000 to secure star freshman DeAndre Ayton would sign with the Wildcats, as first reported by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
According to Schlabach, the FBI, as part of its ongoing fraud and bribery probe into college basketball, the conversations were part of 3,000 hours of phone conversations obtained from Dawkins’ phone. Dawkins is one of the key figures involved in the Bureau’s investigation.
Needless to say, it’s been a horrible week for the program and this damning news adds further evidence that Arizona was involved in schematic payments to players and agents. This revelation comes just two days after Allonzo Trier, the team’s leading scorer, was ruled ineligible for a failed test for performance enhancing drugs.
The reaction from people was swift and what you’d expect:
@APlayersProgram BearDown it’s time to clean house and bring home our own bloodlines to carry on Lutes Legacy. We have too much pride, too much tradition to allow outsiders to tear down what we built.
— Jason Terry (@jasonterry31) February 24, 2018
It appears a wiretap might ultimately cost Sean Miller his job at Arizona. https://t.co/03V2Spz6MF
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 24, 2018
On the bright side, it looks like Pitt can finally pick up Sean Miller as their new head coach.
— Jonathon Warriner (@Bracketologist3) February 24, 2018
Sean Miller just sweat through his skin. #NCAA
— Tony Patelis (@CollegeHoopNews) February 24, 2018
(Obligatory joke about how Sean Miller sure spent a lot of money to never make a Final Four)
— Matt Jennings (@MattAJennings) February 24, 2018
Sean Miller caught on wire tap discussing $100k to get Ayton! https://t.co/fyBva6MqVT
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 24, 2018
The information tonight is all interesting and scandalous, but man everyone is putting a whole lot of faith in Christian Dawkins being 100% truthful right now and I don’t know that I’m comfortable doing that without corroborating proof.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) February 24, 2018
This was Sean Miller’s statement after Arizona was initially hit with the allegations in September. pic.twitter.com/MUqs9eUOSB
— Justin Spears (@JustinESports) February 24, 2018
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