OR fans troll Arizona with fake $100K check to Deandre Ayton
- Author: Carlos Nash Feb 26, 2018,
Feb 26, 2018, 2:03
According to ESPN, head coach Sean Miller was caught on a wiretap trying to secure $100,000 to get Ayton, and in response, Miller will not coach the Wildcats against OR on Saturday. Ayton would play and former Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar would patrol the Wildcats' sideline.
Miller and the school issued dual statements, Miller saying he believes it is in the best interest of the team sit out and is confident he will be vindicated.
The Arizona offense was rolling out of the gates, as the Cats scored 31 points in the first 10:10 of action.
"In each of these interviews, Mr. Ayton has credibly and consistently maintained that neither he nor any member of his family, nor any representative thereof, received any money or extra benefit to influence his decision to attend the University of Arizona", Kelly wrote.
"I'm super-disappointed", Gordon said.
The 7-foot-1 Ayton, widely projected as a top-five pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft, leads Arizona in scoring (19.6 points per game), rebounding (10.9) and blocked shots (1.9).
This comes a day after ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported that there was evidence that Miller discussed paying $100,000 to make sure Ayton would sign with the Wildcats.
Since Ayton played against the Ducks, it's unlikely he sits going forward even if there's a cloud around him and his team in the NCAA Tournament.More news: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 specifications leaked ahead of MWC 2018 launch
Arizona had opened the game with a haymaker, making six straight baskets on its first six possessions and grabbing the first seven rebounds of the game.
"We weren't ready for the physicality of the game", said Altman, who declined to comment on Miller, a coach he's known since their days as Missouri Valley Conference foes. It would take another 16:22 to score the next 31; Dusan Ristic's jumper extended Arizona's lead to 9, 62-53, with 11:38 to go in regulation. "His shooting will continue to improve, and I think at that point, when all of that comes together, then you're going to have an elite National Basketball Association player".
An attorney for the law firm hired by Arizona to internally review the school's alleged involvement in an FBI bribery investigation released a statement on Sunday, one in which he strongly defends freshman center Deandre Ayton.
ESPN reported late on Saturday night that Miller had been ousted as Arizona's head coach.
It's worth noting that two of Romar's former players at Washington, Markelle Fultz and Dejounte Murray, were mentioned in Yahoo!'s report as among those who received money from the agent the FBI is investigating.
For two years, the FBI investigated bribes in college basketball.
"This is a career-ending thing for Sean Miller", Bilas said.