Arizona Wildcats men's basketball coach Sean Miller and his attorneys met with administrators at The University of Arizona on Monday, and Miller's future at UA could be determined soon, according to a report by 247Sports Tuesday.
Per Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon at 247Sports, "Miller’s fate remains up in the air after continued speculation of the legitimacy of an ESPN report last week" and UA "is expected to make a decision on his future in Tucson sooner rather than later."
In a report Monday, 247Sports said ESPN's timeline of events "doesn't add up," after ESPN corrected the originally reported date of the wiretapped conversation, and then issued a correction to that correction.
On Sunday, ESPN said the call actually took place in the spring of 2016, not in 2017. Another correction soon followed, with ESPN simply reporting that "the call in question was made in 2016" without noting when in 2016 the call was made. The corrections were the first in two months posted on ESPN's Corrections page, and the first of the 2018 calendar year.
Dawkins (who had his phone tapped by the FBI) and Miller had calls intercepted between the timeframe of June 19 of 2017, through Sept. 25. Sources say that the U.S. Attorney's office notified multiple parties who had conversations with Dawkins that their phone calls had been recorded specifically during the dates of June 19, 2017 and Sept. 25, 2017.
Ayton verbally committed to Arizona in September of 2016 and signed his letter of intent to play at UA in November of 2016. Per 247Sports, Ayton arrived on UA campus on June 10, 2017 and began orientation at UA on June 19, 2017.
Per 247Sports, "sources with knowledge of the content of the audio tapes – which remain under a federal seal – believe they would exonerate the coach of ESPN’s allegations." ESPN is standing by its timeline of events.
In an exclusive report Friday, Yahoo Sports revealed federal documents that listed names of current and former college basketball players who allegedly committed a number of NCAA violations. In an interview with ESPN 680 in Louisville on Tuesday, Pat Forde, who contributed to the Yahoo Sports report, said "there was nothing in the documents we reviewed that implicated Sean Miller."
"I think there's a lot of dispute about (Friday's) ESPN report, I will say that. There's been a considerable amount of discussion of that and disagreement over it," Forde said.
"Was he involved or not? I don't know. We're going to find out. But from an NCAA standpoint, as (former Louisville coach) Rick Pitino can tell you, it doesn't matter. If your assistants are involved, you by de facto responsibility are involved."
Miller did not coach in Arizona's game at Oregon on Saturday night, but Ayton was allowed to play. In a statement Sunday, the attorney conducting UA's internal investigation in an ongoing FBI probe said claims against Ayton are "false and unfounded," and he should remain eligible to play for UA.