Just How Much Trouble Is Sean Miller In Right Now...?


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Okay...

The HQ will stipulate that it doesn't look good at all for Arizona men's head basketball coach Sean Miller...

When it's released that your voice is on tape saying that six figures of an enticement to steer talent to Tucson goes directly through you and no one else- and that talent shows up on campus- it's bad news...

As a part of an FBI wiretapping in the year-long investigation making waves in college hoops, Miller is heard telling Christian Dawkins of ASM Sports that eligible freshman Deandre Ayton could be his. Miller is heard discussing a $100,000 payment to make it happen...

But, here's the HQ's question:

Miller assistant "Book" Richardson was one of the first four coaches charged in the FBI investigation last September. He's up on the following charges- conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes by an agent of a federally funded organization, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, mail fraud conspiracy and travel act conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 60 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

The FBI has told the NCAA that they're not getting in on their reindeer games at present and it creates an interesting thought. The current individuals pleading "not guilty" are saying that what they did isn't illegal in an FBI sense, only an NCAA sense. But the NCAA can't act until the FBI is done.

ESPN's Seth Greenberg, though, says, Miller and Ayton are done for the year as the investigation widens.

It's an A+B=C argument that the FBI seems to be applying here to make their case...

If a coach is a state employee and they accept a "bribe," then they're up on that charge. But if an agent it steering, is it in fact a "bribe?"

And, yes, the HQ knows that if the schools would actually pay their athletes, this whole thing would have gone away... But that's an NCAA issue not an FBI issue in this current context.

Here's how it's being reported locally in Tucson, thanks to our friends at KGUN9-TV

And with our friends at KVOA in Tucson as well...

Now, the interesting part...

If Miller is fired for cause, his contract is a golden parachute anyway. He would get in the neighborhood of $10-million plus... his base salary from now until the end of his current contract- in 2022. Miller would still have to pay back money if he's found to have committed an NCAA violation.

Miller said that, when Richardson was found out in September, that basically the buck stops with him when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the Arizona program. Where that quest is now is up in the air...

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