FBI to issue subpoenas to Arizona head coach Sean Miller and LSU head coach Will Wade for the federal basketball corruption trial in April Yahoo Sports Reports.
As written by Pat Forde, Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel: "Preliminary notifications have been sent to representatives of Arizona basketball coach, Sean Miller, and the coach of LSU basketball, Will Wade.
The two coaches were associated with Christian Dawkins, an NCAA athlete mediator who was convicted of several charges of crime-related fraud during the first basketball corruption trial in October. Dawkins, Adidas' executive, Jim Gatto, and the former Adidas consultant, Merl Code, were all found guilty of fraud at that time.
The next trial is scheduled for April 22nd.
Here's what you need to know:
Chronology of events for Miller
On September 26, 2017, Wildcat's assistant, Emanuel "Book" Richardson was arrested on charges of federal corruption and fraud. Richardson pleaded guilty to corruption charges.
Miller denied his involvement a week later in a public statement.
"As the head coach of basketball at the University of Arizona," he said on October 3, 2017. "I recognize that my responsibility is not just to build a culture of success on the basketball court and in the classroom, but that it is equally important to promote and strengthen a culture of compliance.to the best of my abilities, I have worked to demonstrate this during the last eight years and I will continue to do so as we move forward. "
ESPN's Mark Schlabach, quoting FBI phone tapping, in February 2018, Miller reportedly discussed a $ 100,000 payment to secure Deandre Ayton's commitment, one of the top five picks in the NBA last summer with the Phoenix Suns.
Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated refuted this initial report, quoting that "the relevant FBI phone tapping in the investigation began only in 2017, several months after Deandre Ayton, a five-star rookie, had already committed to Arizona in September 2016 ".
"I have never knowingly violated the NCAA rules as the head coach of this fantastic program," Miller said in March 2018. He repeated that he "does not want to do anything about it." had never paid "a rookie or anyone from his entourage to attend Arizona. "I have never done it and I will never do it."
Arizona won the regular season championships and 2018 Pac-12 tournaments. Ayton led the way by winning the title of best conference player after scoring 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. The Wildcats lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament against Buffalo 89-68.
Chronology of events for Wade
Wade entered the field of investigation during the trial last October after wiretapping discovered a conversation he had had with Dawkins about the recruitment of Balsa Koprivica, now a center for the state of Florida.
Gatto's lawyer, Casey Donnelly, read a transcript of this conversation at last October's trial.
"Do you want balsa?" Dawkins asked.
"Oh, the big child?" Replied Wade.
"OK, but there are others [expletive] involved in that, "said Wade." Wait, I have to close the door … I can get you what you need, but it must work. "
Wade deflected the allegations A few weeks later, at the SEC Media Days, he stated that he "was surprised" by them and "never, ever, did business" with Dawkins.
Wade was also named in a Yahoo article in February 2018 this suggested that the NCAA was reviewing its recruitment tactics at VCU, its previous stop before taking the LSU position in early 2017. The VCU's internal investigation revealed no wrongdoing.
The Tigers are at the top of the SEC at 12-2, tied with Kentucky and Tennessee. This is a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament one year after winning the NIT.
Update: Wade addressed the new Monday.
"I really did not follow that closely. I focused on our team, "said Wade. "I learned about it, as I said, just before coming here."