The Arizona Board of Regents has scheduled an executive-session meeting to discuss the UA men's basketball program following a guilty verdict in the federal trial involving college basketball and an ESPN report that linked one of the three convicted men to Wildcats coach Sean Miller.
The regents will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at ASU's Downtown Campus, according to a news release. The meeting is scheduled for 90 minutes. Discussion is closed to the public.
The board is not currently scheduled to take any action, according to a news release. It has met in the past to discuss both the basketball program and Miller's employment status.
Aspiring agent Christian Dawkins and Adidas representatives Merl Code and Jim Gatto were all found guilty of fraud last week, and are expected to spend at least one year in prison. The three-week trial included mentions of a handful of players and coaches associated with the Wildcats, including those of Miller, former associate head coach Joe Pasternack and No. 1 draft pick Deandre Ayton.
Former UA assistant Book Richardson was arrested as part of the federal probe into college basketball, and is scheduled for an April trial. He is facing charges of soliciting bribes as an agent of a federally funded organization, and of two counts of fraud. Last week's verdict has likely reduced Richardson's leverage in striking a plea deal, legal experts say.
Sunday's ESPN report said Dawkins, the aspiring agent, had a plan to pay former Wildcat Rawle Alkins while he still a student-athlete at the UA. It also listed a log of 13 phone calls of 5 minutes or more between Miller and Dawkins, who represented prospect Brian Bowen Jr. in his recruitment. Bowen's father testified this month that Dawkins told him of a $50,000 offer from Arizona in exchange for his son's commitment. The younger Bowen eventually chose Louisville.
Miller has not been directly implicated in either the ongoing federal investigation or in last week's trial.
Sean Miller on Thursday’s Arizona Board of Regents meeting in Phoenix: “It’s a regularly scheduled meeting. I’ve been in contact with Dave Heeke and Dr. (Robert) Robbins.” pic.twitter.com/cSE5cLbvru— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) October 31, 2018
Arizona will unofficially open its season Tuesday night with an exhibition against Western New Mexico. The game will be shown on Pac-12 Arizona and broadcast on 1290-AM. The Wildcats have been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 after losing Ayton and Allonzo Trier to the NBA.