The Sean Miller/Arizona story is one of the craziest in college basketball history. And we're still not completely sure what's true and what's not.
ESPN reported on Friday night that FBI wiretaps heard Miller discussing a $100K payment for a top recruit. That recruit is five-star freshman Deandre Ayton, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Miller has since been gone from Arizona's program, discussing his fate with lawyers and administration. Ayton played on Saturday night and has denied all allegations.
ESPN's report is starting to be questioned by many, too. Specifically, the timeline of the allegations is being poured over.
247Sports reported that ESPN's timeline of the events is contradictory. An Arizona reporter claims that ESPN got the name of the player wrong (he says it wasn't Ayton). ESPN has had to publish a couple of corrections to the initial report.
Today, Dan Patrick suggested that this could lead to an eventual Arizona-ESPN lawsuit. That would certainly be something to watch.
"It’s early, but if you’re Arizona do you sue ESPN if this is the case?” Patrick asked. “Now, understand this. You just lost Shaq’s son, he decommited from Arizona because of this. Now that’s a big recruiting loss because you lose the son, but you’re also losing Shaq being around the program — This is big! — ESPN has to be buttoned up with this if you are reporting this and now all of the sudden a couple of apologies.”
You can watch the full segment below:
The idea of an Arizona-ESPN lawsuit certainly doesn't seem that crazy based on everything that's being reported.