Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU Coach Will Wade should be summoned to appear in the federal trial court on April 22, for bribery and harmful recruitment practices, according to the news agency. Yahoo Sports. Preliminary notifications were sent to representatives of each high-level coach, according to the report.
Miller has recently been the subject of litigation discussions as a reports surfaced in February that his program had been formally submitted to an official NCAA inquiry. The news comes months after Miller was able to keep his job while his program was related to the case. From Arizona AD threw his support behind Miller in the middle of the last wave of unease in Tucson.
Wade was also unable to escape the line of sight. Last fall, during the first test, the recruitment practices of his program were called into question after wiretap information was brought to court illustrating the fact that Wade is discussing with a recruit with Christian Dawkins, recently convicted. Dawkins is a former runner who was convicted in the first trial.
Wade argued that he had never done business with Dawkins, and Miller maintained that he also had not dealt with Dawkins discuss paying Deandre Ayton – despite an ESPN report last year alleging that the latter had discussed a payment of $ 100,000 intended to guarantee the commitment of Ayton.
Their testimony could be presented to the court if subpoenas were actually issued, and wiretaps of both coaches could be played and potentially admitted into evidence if the judge allows, depending on how the defense approaches the subject and chooses the dark belly of college basketball recruitment works.
Miller's staff as a result of the scrutiny endured the rollover. His oldest assistant, Emanuel "Book" Richardson, has been indicted and has already pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in this case. Another assistant, Mark Phelps, is no longer in the team (as a result, it seems, of an academic scandal unrelated to him). A third former Miller assistant, Joe Pasternack, was reportedly linked to Dawkins and ASM Sports Agency. (Pasternack is now the head coach of the Santa Barbara UC.)
Wade could mostly avoid the same spotlight on Miller, but if both testified at the trial this spring, it could certainly change.