Arizona coach Sean Miller and two players are now scheduled to address the media on Thursday at 2:30 p.m ... but the school is advising that they will "only be responding to basketball-related questions."
It's likely, though not confirmed, that the interview session with Miller, Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Allonzo Trier will be a replacement for UA's usual preseason media day -- a much bigger affair that usually allows media to speak with all players in one-on-one or small group situations (i.e. uncontrolled) over at the Richard Jefferson Gym.
A UA spokesman did not respond when asked if Thursday's session would be in lieu of a media day.
While Miller is expected to have to face the media at Pac-12 media day on Oct. 12, putting him voluntarily in a press conference situation runs against the advice of Gene Grabowski, a partner in media management firm Kglobal who worked with Penn State (football) and Duke (lacrosse) in handling recent controversy.
"One thing you don't want to do is offer yourself up at a news conference, where you have 15 (reporters) asking things and it gets caught on camera and you're on the defensive," Grabowski said.
As it did repeatedly with the Allonzo Trier PED situation a year ago, UA is holding the press conference with a warning that questions about the FBI investigation and any potential NCAA issues won't be answered.
"That’s one way to manage it that’s probably a little less finessed than it should be," Grabowski said. "I think Sean Miller and other coaches in this situation have to go to acting class. They have to be prepared by communication experts to handle the questions with grace -- and that way you don't need a PR person at the press conference.
"It's pretty hard to get a U.S. senator to fire back, and these are men and women with very hot tempers but they're trained to handle questions and get back on track, and be graceful about it."
Another setback for UA recruiting was confirmed Wednesday when Nassir Little committed to North Carolina.
Little was the player referenced in the federal complaints when an Adidas rep told another Adidas rep that Arizona had offered him $150,000, saying he was concerned Little might commit to a school with a rival shoe company.
As it turned out, Little committed to a Nike school, and Nike's "Jumpman" logo appears on his commitment video.
Little had strongly considered Miami and Arizona before the allegations were released last week, then eliminated them both.
"For me, I just didn't want to be mixed in a situation where any of the accusations seemed like it was true," Little told ESPN. "Because it wasn't. Every school I was considering was because I had a genuine interest in them. North Carolina had been the school I wanted, regardless. I just block it out, they can say they want. I just focus on myself, and do what my heart desires."