College analysts, writers react to reported FBI findings against Sean Miller
With the latest news surrounding Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats, college analysts and writers gave their two cents on the matter.
According to Mark Schlabach’s sources, Miller and Christian Dawkins — the key figure in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption — had multiple conversations including one where Dawkins asked Sean Miller if he should facilitate a finalized agreement through then-assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson. Per the report, “Miller told Dawkins he should deal directly with him when it came to money.”
The Wildcats are scheduled to play Saturday night at Oregon, but with no statements from either the school or Miller on his and Ayton’s availability, numerous people who cover college basketball provided their insight.
Writers Greg Hansen (Arizona Daily Star) and Jeff Eisenberg (Yahoo! Sports) both published pieces saying Miller should in no way continue to coach the Wildcats. In Hansen’s piece, he goes on to explain that the school should not only withdraw from the Pac-12 Tournament, but should also let the NCAA know the team will not participate in the NCAA Tournament.
“This is a career ending thing for Sean Miller. Career ending.” pic.twitter.com/cnWp6JzjKm
— Justin Spears (@JustinESports) February 24, 2018
“I can’t tell you how disappointed I am,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas said during College GameDay. “This is a career-ending thing for sure for Sean Miller. Career-ending and I can’t imagine him ever coaching in college again.”
“I was shocked, I was disappointed, I was hurt, I was a little bit angry,” ESPN’s Seth Greenberg said. “I’ve always had tremendous respect for Sean and as I read the article and read the allegations it hurt me to know that someone I had so much respect for would make this type of decision.”
The news came less than 48 hours after star guard Allonzo Trier was ruled ineligible for the second time in two years because of testing positive for a banned substance.