[247Sports] – On Friday, ESPN reported that FBI wiretaps intercepted calls between Arizona head coach Sean Miller and former ASM sports associate Christian Dawkins, “in which Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure star freshman DeAndre Ayton signed with the Wildcats.” During a TV report, ESPN said that the phone call took place in the spring of 2017. The network then issued a correction, stating that the phone call between Miller and Dawkins took place in the spring of 2016. ESPN then corrected its first correction, stating that the phone call between Miller and Dawkins took place in the year 2016, removing the “spring” designation.
But the timeline doesn’t add up.
A source told 247Sports that Dawkins (who had his phone tapped by the FBI) and Miller had calls intercepted between the timeframe of June 19 of 2017, through Sept. 25.
Sources say that the U.S. Attorney’s office notified multiple parties who had conversations with Dawkins that their phone calls had been recorded specifically during the dates of June 19, 2017 and Sept. 25, 2017.
The fourth-ranked player in the 247Sports Composite, Ayton signed with Arizona on Nov. 10 of 2016. He arrived on campus on June 10 of 2017, according to a source. Ayton began orientation on June 19.
And around and around we go. This was starting to leak over the last 24 hours or so. There was something not adding up to the alleged Sean Miller phone call in which he discussed a $100,000 payment with Christian Dawkins for Deandre Ayton. Well, here’s one damning piece of information regarding that phone call as this is some excellent work by 247Sports.
The other important part here, which 247 and a bunch of other people have discussed, Christian Dawkins was never Deandre Ayton’s guy. If you know the recruiting industry and the college basketball world, you know high-level recruits all have a guy that you deal with. In the case of Deandre Ayton, that was never Christian Dawkins – a 24-year old from Michigan.
We saw Ayton play against Oregon while Sean Miller didn’t coach. As of today it’s still uncertain if Miller will coach on Thursday’s game, but part of the reason is Ayton has already been cleared by the NCAA. He’s not ineligible, so it makes no sense to sit him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miller coach again this year as there are now conflicting reports about what’s going on with the call.
So far the two ‘bombshell’ reports have been sort of nothing. I’ve talked quite a bit about the Yahoo report and how it just featured Christian Dawkins expense reports. That’s something with not a whole lot of weight behind it, considering the NCAA can’t possibly find a lot there without receipts. Now, we have a conflicting report on the Sean Miller news.