Yahoo Sports says there's a "strong expectation" that Sean Miller will be subpoenaed during an upcoming trial involving the college basketball scandal, and that the school will soon be facing "uncomfortable questions" about its basketball coach.
Yahoo's lengthy look at Arizona's situation envelops all the news that has come to light in the past 17 months while noting that the attorney for would-be agent Christian Dawkins said his client has no desire to seek a plea bargain. Former UA assistant coach Book Richardson and two other coaches have taken plea agreements in recent months.
“My obligation here is to defend my client,” Dawkins' attorney, Steve Haney, told Yahoo, “not protect coaches who violated NCAA rules.”
Phones registered to Miller and Dawkins were connected for five minutes or more on 13 occasions between May 3-July 2, 2017, according to ESPN.
Yahoo quoted an unnamed person saying Miller is "in a box" if he has to testify. After ESPN reported in February 2018 that Miller discussed a pay-for-play scheme, UA officials kept Miller away from the Wildcats for five days. Miller returned, then issued a strong denial. Miller said he "never (had) and never will" pay a recruit or their family for the player to come to Arizona."
Even if Miller isn't directly implicated, he will likely face NCAA scrutiny under bylaw 18.104.22.168, which says coaches are responsible for the actions of their assistants "unless they can rebut the presumption of responsibility by proving they have fostered an atmosphere of compliance and actively monitored their direct and indirect reports."