Arizona’s Sean Miller denies report he discussed $100,000 payment to a top recruit

Arizona coach Sean Miller vehemently shot down a report claiming he discussed a six-figure payment to a top recruit and said he looks forward to continuing to coach the team.

ESPN reported last Friday, citing anonymous sources, that the FBI had a wiretapped recording of Miller and an employee of a sports agency discussing a $100,000 payment to Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton to attend the school.

In a news conference Thursday, Miller said he has never knowingly violated NCAA rules nor paid a player. He also called the report “inaccurate and completely false.”

Miller has not coached the Wildcats since the report, but said he will lead the team in next week’s Pac-12 tournament.


The Arizona Board of Regents was set to meet later Thursday to get legal advice and discuss Miller’s contract.

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