FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 file photo, Arizona head coach Sean Miller in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in Tucson, Ariz. The Arizona Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday, March 1, 2018jan. 27, 2018 file photo to get legal advice and discuss the men’s basketball program at the University of Arizona and the contract of coach Sean Miller.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Miller shoots down report, looks ahead to Pac-12 tournament

March 01, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Arizona coach Sean Miller vehemently shot down a report claiming he discussed a six-figure payment to a top recruit and said he looks forward to continuing to coach the team.

ESPN reported last Friday, using anonymous sources, that the FBI had Miller on a wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton to attend the school.

In a news conference Thursday, Miller said he has never knowingly violated NCAA rules nor paid a player. He also called the report "inaccurate and completely false."

Miller has not coached the Wildcats since the report, but said he will lead the team in next week's Pac-12 Tournament.

The Arizona Board of Regents was set to meet later Thursday to get legal advice and discuss Miller's contract.

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