Miller staying at Arizona amid pay-for-play scandal

Miller says he was "emotional" when the McKale Center crowd gave him a standing ovation before Thursday night's 75-67 win over Stanford.

Kahron Spearman

Reading a tersely worded statement in a short press conference on Thursday, Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller defended himself against allegations that he discussed paying future high lottery pick and Wildcat center Deandre Ayton to attend Arizona.

The allegation stemmed from a report from ESPN college reporter Mark Schlabach.

What's telling is that Miller did the presser in an official capacity, with the support of the university's regents.

Let me be very, very clear: I have never discussed with Christian Dawkins paying Deandre Ayton to attend the University of Arizona. In fact, I never even met or spoke to Christian Dawkins until after Deandre publicly announced he was coming to our school. Any reporting to the contrary is inaccurate, false and defamatory.

Sean Miller
Head coach, Arizona Wildcats

Ultimately, Schlabach - known as a strong reporter - got the information from somewhere reputable, with a sourcing that surely understood the ramifications. The problem is that the alleged footage is sealed.'s Michael McCann makes mention of the perils of potential misinformation in protected evidence and the leaking of such material. Again, the issue here is that is incredibly specific.

Schlabach would've been taking a tremendous risk in reporting on evidence he himself hadn't verified - meaning he had to have heard it, or has a transcript.

It's quite simple: either the alleged audio exists, or it has never existed at all.