The school then said Miller would remain as coach. “We have decided that Sean Miller will remain the University of Arizona’s men’s basketball coach,” the school statement said. “Media reports last Friday alleged that Coach Miller was caught on a wiretap discussing a payment with a representative of a sports agency regarding one of our student-athletes. Since those reports broke, we have sought to learn everything that we can from Coach Miller about the allegations. As Coach Miller’s employer, we acted to investigate these reports. “Earlier this week, we met with Coach Miller at length and asked him direct and pointed questions. He was eager to speak with us and answered every question we asked. At this time we have no reason to believe that Coach Miller violated NCAA rules or any laws regarding the allegation reported in the media. Additionally, he has a record of compliance with NCAA rules, and he has been cooperative with this process. “While some might be tempted to rush to judgment when there is intense public pressure, due process is the bedrock of fair treatment and acting with integrity. With that in mind, we will continue to pursue every avenue of inquiry available to us during an active federal investigation to fully understand the facts. We recognize that investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to be respectful and cooperative through its conclusion. Steptoe & Johnson continues its investigation into our athletics compliance, and we will carefully review and act on its conclusions. We anticipate this report will be thorough and based on facts.
Sean Miller and Arizona officials………… pic.twitter.com/pvdCGaw54G— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) March 1, 2018
In the wake of the ESPN report, Arizona lost another recruit when Shareef O’Neal, the son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, decommitted and then chose UCLA several days later. The younger O’Neal weighed in on Twitter after Miller’s statement.
Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton was questioned by FBI about alleged pay-for-play scheme and denied knowledge; his attorney asks for FBI and NCAA to clear his name pic.twitter.com/9cBJzPZQm8— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) February 25, 2018
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I’m glad everything over there is cleared up! But I’ve made my decision.. that allegation has happened to the program twice while I was committed.. I didnt know what to expect , and I wanted to assure my play in the NCAA. I made a new decision and I’m sticking with it— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) March 1, 2018