Report: FBI Wiretaps Show Sean Miller Discussed $100k Payment for Ayton's Commitment
The FBI intercepted multiple phone conversations in which Arizona coach Sean Miller discussed a $100,000 payment to secure the commitment of star freshman DeAndre Ayton, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach.Miller allegedly had multiple conversations with Christian Dawkins about Ayton, a projected top-five pick who is a contender for national player of the year. Dawkins used to work for former NBA agent Andy Miller at ASM Sports, and he was arrested in the fall for his role in facilitating improper bribes and benefits to college recruits.
Miller , you may recall, was reportedly caught on wiretap negotiating a 0,000 payment with agent Christian Dawkins, in order to land hot-shot recruit Deandre Ayton—a revelation that you would expect will put Miller ’ s future at Arizona in serious doubt. But the conditions of his termination present an
Miller may actually be owed million if he is fired for cause and million if he is fired for no reason. Following a bombshell report from ESPN on Friday night alleging that Arizona coach Sean Miller was caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a 0,000 payment to lure a five-star recruit to
Ah, now here is a sensible way to write a contract: make sure you include in there some significant monetary incentive for behavior that breaches the terms of the contract.
JUST IN: Sean Miller’s contract, as written, somehow pays him more for getting fired with cause than without cause. So if Miller is fired with cause, Arizona will owe him approximately $5 million more ($10.3 million versus $5.15 million) than if they fired for no reason.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)
Miller, you may recall, was reportedly caught on wiretap negotiating a $100,000 payment with agent Christian Dawkins, in order to land hot-shot recruit Deandre Ayton—a revelation that you would expect will put Miller’s future at Arizona in serious doubt.
Shaq's Son Shareef O'Neal De-Commits From Arizona Amid Scandal
A day after a damning report suggested coach Sean Miller discussed a payment to secure DeAndre Ayton's commitment, four-star recruit Shareef O'Neal has de-committed from Arizona. Stream Live TV 70+ channels Start Free Trial Sponsored by fuboTV O'Neal, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille, is a senior at Crossroads School in Los Angeles. Per 247 Sports, he is the No. 33 overall recruit for the class of 2018. He signed a letter of intent with the Wildcats on Nov. 16, and it is unclear whether O'Neal will be released from that commitment without consequence.
If he is fired without cause at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, UA would owe him .7 million — 50 percent of his remaining guaranteed pay. MORE : Why Arizona Wildcats' Sean Miller can't shake FBI college basketball scandal. "Former assistant coach Book Richardson has pleaded guilty to taking
Report : Sean Miller May Be Owed Twice As Much By Arizona If He ' s Fired With Cause .
Sean Miller will not coach Arizona tonight at Oregon. Players have been told.— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711)
But the conditions of his termination present an interesting set of incentives: under these contract terms Arizona would have an incentive to fire him without cause; in pure financial terms, Miller would almost certainly prefer to be fired with cause, especially if the stain of a flagrant recruiting violation makes him temporarily unemployable.
A contract that provides incentive for an organization to fire someone who’s breached their contract without cause strikes me as just the kind of thing you’d want in place if part of the responsibilities of the position involved delicate navigation of the ridiculous grey-and-out-of-bounds-areas of the NCAA’s rules on recruiting and compensating players, an area where literally everyone involved knows the coach must tread. I’m just saying.
What's Next for Sean Miller and Arizona? Why His Contract Language Could Play a Pivotal Role
Does it pay to break rules if you’re the head coach of the University of Arizona men’s basketball team? Language in Sean Miller’s multi-year employment contract suggests that the answer might be yes. Miller’s name has come under fire since Friday, when ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported ?damming accusations concerning Miller. According to Schlabach, the FBI, as part of the on-going college basketball corruption investigation, the FBI intercepted phone conversations in which Miller allegedly arranged for a $100,000 payment to five-star recruit DeAndre Ayton.
[+] Arizona if he is terminated and the school tries to get out of payments. Miller may be entitled to 85% of the money still due under his contract, or .3 million. There is clearly missing language that should limit Miller ' s salary in an instance where he is fired for cause — language that is present in
At a press conference today, Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller read a defiant statement, denying that he ’d done anything wrong and calling ESPN’ s report about him Because of a quirk in Miller ’ s contract, he will be owed twice as much if he is fired with cause than if he is fired without cause .
tracked down the actual contract itself, which you can now . The relevant section goes like this:
Respective Obligations of the Parties in the Event of Termination With Cause
In the event of a termination under this Section, the University’s sole obligation to Coach shall be payment of his Base Salary as provided in Section III (and, where applicable, any accrued Additional Compensation earned under Section IV prior to the date of such termination). The University shall not be liable to Coach for any lost collateral business opportunities or other benefits associated with Coach’s position, included but not limited to opportunities provided pursuant to Section VII and IX.
A separate section lays out that termination without cause would trigger a payment of “fifty percent (50%) of that portion of Coach’s Base Salary (Program Salary plus Peripheral Duties Compensation) what would have been owed to him through the remaining period of this Sixth Amendment as provided in Section I but for termination under this Section, plus any Additional Compensation earned by Coach under Section IV prior to the date of termination.”
By Rovell’s reading, at least, this would line Arizona up to pay a full year of Miller’s salary for firing with cause, and 50 percent of Miller’s salary for firing without cause. Brilliant.
Arizona statements:— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach)
Tyrann Mathieu unlikely to back with Cardinals next season? .
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