Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
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Lawyer handling Arizona's investigation of FBI probe releases statement

Lawyer handling Arizona's investigation of FBI probe releases statement

It what is probably the darkest time in college basketball history, the Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller are the latest targets of the FBI investigation involving payments to high-level recruits to secure their commitment.

Following that report, Miller didn't coach Arizona during Saturday's game against Oregon. Just before that game, a lawyer representing the Ayton family released a statement saying his clients were "outraged and disgusted" by the allegations against the Arizona freshman.

"As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney with a deep understanding of the criminal investigative process, and as an NCAA legal practitioner, I can say with confidence that Deandre Ayton has abided by all applicable rules and regulations and is fully eligible to participate as a member of the Men's Basketball team".

The breaking news, which (again) proved false, came in the form of an announcement - not a sourced report.


Kelly said Ayton has been interviewed by a number of groups, including UA, NCAA, FBI, Pac-12 and the independent counsel of Steptoe and Johnson.

Kelly added that it was his opinion that Ayton is "an outstanding an honorable young man who has been truthful and cooperative in all our dealings with him".

Rose said Ayton's decision to commit to the Wildcats was based on "family ties to Phoenix" as well as his familiarity with the program and the area; he previously played at Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix. For over 10 minutes Ayton did not attempt a shot and didn't make the shot in the last 15:51, the impending result led to OR jumping to take control of the game and ultimately the win.

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