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Sean Miller Scandal

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Tommy Monaghan, Editor

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On February 23, an FBI wiretap discovered Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to Deandre Ayton with Agent Christian Dawkins. The next day, Arizona decided to keep Miller in Tucson as the team traveled to Oregon. Miller has denied any wrongdoing. In a press conference, Miller said, “Compliance with NCAA rules is extremely important to us… I have never knowingly violated NCAA rules while serving as head coach of this great program.”

Since then, Arizona President Robert Robbins has started to side with Miller. He claimed that if the FBI had evidence against Miller, then Miller would have been indicted by now. He can remain the head coach of the Wildcats basically without any penalty. Right after the initial reports, many people, like Jay Bilas, said that they would be shocked if Miller ever coached again. Instead, Miller is getting off with only missing the Oregon game.

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Arizona president Robert Robbins is on Miller’s side (photo via AZcentral.com)

The only large penalty that Arizona will face is the loss of 4 star recruit Shareef O’Neal. Shaq’s son decommitted from Arizona after the Ayton allegations. O’Neal, who recently refused to let Garnet Mine Editor Liam White take a picture with him, has flipped his commitment to UCLA.

Although the wiretap doesn’t really affect Sean Miller, the discussion of recruiting corruption has increased exponentially in the past two weeks. In an interview, Frank Kaminsky said that about 4 of 5 NBA players that he has asked admit to being illegally recruited. NBA players like LeBron James, Corey Maggette, and Kevin Love have admitted to being offered large sums of money from many different college coaches.

Junior Sloan Martin said “It’s pretty obvious by now that the college players are getting paid, and it doesn’t matter to me if they’re getting paid — it should be legal.” Junior Thomas Flaherty agreed, he said “If recruiting with money is happening anyway, then why not just make it legal?” Junior John Goldszer, on the other hand, is disgusted by this form of recruiting, he said “Sean Miller should be put in jail — people like him are ruining the integrity of college basketball.”

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One Response to “Sean Miller Scandal”

  1. adviser on March 5th, 2018 12:30 pm

    Excellent article. I hadn’t been entirely clear on what Miller had, or hadn’t done. Very topical. Great quotes. I think that there should be a pay structure for student athletes in D1 schools related to the revenue that those student athletes bring to the schools. I also think that, like Olympic athletes D1 student athletes should be able to make money based on their “likeness” or making appearances. I would enjoy reading a longer form editorial on your position.

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