The Pac-12 held its men’s basketball Media Day today, which put Arizona and coach Sean Miller under the spotlight because of ongoing investigations into bribery and corruption allegations that include Wildcats assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson.
Below is part of his interview with the media, courtesy of The Oregonian, in which Miller, predictably, didn’t directly address the issue, invoking the line of “I’m going to stand my statement” on multiple occasions. You can read a transcript of that here.
Miller certainly has been advised by Arizona officials and lawyers to decline to publicly answer questions at this time. To expect anything different is unrealistic.
Also predictable: Arizona was picked to win the Pac-12 this season.
By the way this was Miller’s statement last week:
I was devastated to learn last week of the allegations made against Emanuel Richardson. I have expressed to both Dr. Robbins and our Athletic Director Dave Heeke that I fully support the University’s efforts to fully investigate these allegations. As the head basketball coach at the University of Arizona, I recognize my responsibility is not only to establish a culture of success on the basketball court and in the classroom, but as important, to promote and reinforce a culture of compliance. To the best of my ability, I have worked to demonstrate this over the past 8 years and will continue to do so as we move forward.