Dawkins: UA’s Sean Miller cheated while recruiting players

Wednesday was not a good day in a New York courtroom for UA’s men’s basketball program

Miller's name dominates Day 2 of NCAA bribery trial

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - He may not be on the stand, but Sean Miller’s name came up a lot Wednesday during the second federal trial of aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins.

According to CBS Sports, video played in court showed Dawkins talking with undercover FBI agents. Dawkins, a convicted felon, said he believes Miller cheated while recruiting players.

"The thing with (former Arizona assistant) Book (Richardson), Arizona is like, Sean Miller has to know everything that's going on," Dawkins said in the video. "I can call Sean and have a conversation like, this is what's going on. Like, this is what's needing to be done."

CBS Sports said Dawkins also claimed Miller would "talk on the phone about" illegally recruiting players.

Miller, Richardson, former standout Deandre Ayton and the University of Arizona basketball program have been part of the college basketball bribery scandal since February 2018. That is when ESPN published a story that claimed the FBI had caught Miller discussing paying Ayton on a phone call with Dawkins.

CBS Sports reported the alleged call was not mentioned on Wednesday, but "it did have Dawkins laying out, via multiple tapped/surveilled conversations, the way college basketball's recruiting world so often works."

Dawkins, along with James Gatto, Merl Code and Andy Miller, was found guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October 2018.

Dawkins and the others were accused of bribing college players to go to certain schools. The group also allegedly steered star players to sign with specific shoe companies and talent agencies.

Miller has claimed he never had such a conversation with Dawkins.

"Let me be very, very clear," Miller said when the scandal first made news. "I have never discussed with Christian Dawkins paying Deandre Ayton to attend the University of Arizona."

After serving a brief suspension following the ESPN report, Miller denied the allegation even more sternly.

"I have never knowingly violated NCAA rules while serving as head coach of this great program," he said. "I have never paid a recruit or prospect or their family or representative to come to Arizona. I never have and I never will."

CBS Sports reported Dawkins’ attorney Steve Haney said he may try to get Miller to testify after all. Miller was served with a notice earlier this yearand it was expected he would testify in the trial. But late last week, Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled Miller’s testimony would be irrelevant to the case, though he did keep an option open to reconsider.

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