Arizona Basketball

Miller won’t have to testify in federal trial next week

Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller picked up a big win on Friday. One that won’t be shown on his won loss record here at Arizona – but a big one nonetheless.

Sean Miller last month talks to the media at a recent UA game.

Miller will not have to testify in the upcoming federal trial related to corruption in college basketball, a judge has ruled and according to reports.

District Court judge Edgardo Ramos agreed with the prosecution’s motion that argued Miller is irrelevant to the upcoming bribery trial  involving Christian Dawkins. That said, Ramos left some room to say he could change his mind.

Whew, Miller dodged a bullet there. But, did he?

It’s very likely Miller’s name will be brought up in the trial that begins this week.

Federal prosecutors say Dawkins paid college assistant coaches, including Arizona’s Book Richardson to help steer UA players to specific representatives down the road. To be clear, Miller has not been charged with anything.

However, in reports from last year have stated Miller discussed paying former UA player Deandre Ayton $100,000. Miller has steadfastly denied it. There have been some inconsistencies in those reports, however.

Yet, Haney, said on Friday Miller has “engaged at systematic cheating at the highest level.”

He added outside the courtroom in talking to reporters: “The evidence establishes very clearly that Sean Miller is paying players at Arizona.”

Haney said during Friday morning’s hearing.

Asked to clarify, Haney said, “You’ll have to be here to hear the evidence.”

Stay tuned.

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