Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • Arizona unveils statue of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson at McKale Center

    CBS Sports "The University of Arizona unveiled a statue of long-time coach Lute Olson on Thursday at the McKale Center, paying tribute to the Hall of Fame coach who led the program to new heights during his decades-long run that began in 1983 and ended at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 season. The..." April 13

  • USC announces highest-rated basketball recruiting class in decade

    L.A. Daily News "The USC men’s basketball team announced its highest-rated recruiting class in a decade Wednesday during the first day of the spring signing period. The signees included guards Elijah Weaver of Rockledge High in Rockledge, Fla., and Kevin Porter of Rainier Beach High in Seattle. The players had..." April 12

  • USC is expected to bring in impressive basketball class despite program's link to FBI investigation

    Los Angeles Times "The on-again, off-again relationship between USC and J'Raan Brooks is on-again ahead of national signing day. After several commitment changes, Brooks is expected to sign with the Trojans on Wednesday, rounding out an impressive recruiting class for Andy Enfield despite the program's link to..." April 11

  • Bennie Boatwright to return to USC for senior season

    Orange County Register "USC forward Bennie Boatwright will return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA draft, his father, Bennie Sr. confirmed Monday. The decision means the Trojans will bring back one of their top scorers amid other high-profile departures. Elsewhere on the roster, USC will see senior..." April 10

  • Four-star 2018 guard Devonaire Doutrive reportedly commits to Arizona Wildcats

    Tuscon "Four-star class of 2018 guard Devonaire Doutrive of Southern California has committed to Arizona, his stepfather told 247Sports. Doutrive is now the first player in the Wildcats' new 2018 recruiting class, after their first three commits backed off in the wake of the federal investigation and..." April 09

  • How Arizona's Sean Miller could lose $1 million

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, Sean Miller Arizona's men's basketball coach lost assistant Emmanuel "Book" Richardson, who was arrested amid an FBI investigation amid claims of bribery on the travel summer circuit. During the season, in large part due to the controversy surrounding the..." April 07

  • Arizona to decide if Sean Miller forfeits $1M if charged with crime or guilty of NCAA violations

    ESPN "The Arizona Board of Regents will vote this week whether to add language to basketball coach Sean Miller's contract which would require him to return $1 million if he's charged with a crime or found guilty of major NCAA violations. The amendment would be in addition to a clause in Miller's..." April 04

  • Top recruit Brandon Williams says he's taking unofficial visit to ASU

    Arizona Central "Brandon Williams, one of the nation's top high school point guards, tweeted Monday that he is visiting Arizona State on an unofficial visit. Williams previously was committed to Arizona but opened his recruiting options in the wake of the FBI investigation that has clouded the program's future...." April 02

  • Southern California hires father of two top-40 recruits to be an assistant coach

    Los Angeles Times "USC basketball coach Andy Enfield has hired Eric Mobley as an assistant coach. Mobley, 49, has been coaching in the AAU ranks for the last decade. He played at Portland and Cal Poly Pomona as well as professionally in China, Indonesia, Mexico and Portugal. He also played for Meadowlark..." March 25

  • Sources: Sean Miller, Heather Lyke have discussed Pitt coaching job

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Arizona coach Sean Miller and Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke have discussed the Panthers’ vacant head coaching position, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The former Pitt and Blackhawk standout, according to sources, is interested in the job. The past year..." March 21

  • Shareef O'Neal 'I'm Cool with The NBA Age Limit ... But Hey, Some Kids Need Money!'

    TMZ "Here's high school basketball phenom Shareef O'Neal going deep on one of the hottest topics in basketball -- the NBA age limit (19) ... which screws some players and helps others. 'Reef gets that not everyone grew up with Shaq money and some players need to get those life-changing checks ASAP,..." March 18

  • Steve Alford is expected to return to UCLA despite poor finish

    Los Angeles Times "Steve Alford does not appear to be in imminent danger of losing his job after guiding UCLA to its earliest exit in NCAA tournament history. Barring a departure of his own choosing, he's expected to return for a sixth season coaching the Bruins after securing another highly touted six-man..." March 15

  • USC’s Chimezie Metu sits out NIT to protect his draft status

    Larry Brown Sports "If the USC Trojans are going to make a run in the NIT, they will have to do so without star big man Chimezie Metu. USC announced on Tuesday that Metu is sitting out the NIT in order to protect his health ahead of the NBA Draft." March 14

  • Pac-12's Larry Scott: Criteria for NCAA tourney needs re-evaluation

    ESPN "Add Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to the growing chorus of people surprised by the USC Trojans' omission from the NCAA tournament field. "Anyone that watched USC compete at the end of our season and at our [Pac-12] tournament would have no doubt they belong in the NCAA tournament," Scott..." March 13

  • Deandre Ayton Makes Arizona A Legit NCAA Title Contender

    The Big Lead "DeAndre Ayton is the best player in college basketball right now. Arizona’s center absolutely dominated the Pac-12 Tournament in leading the Wildcats to a title. In the process he sent a message to the rest of the collegiate hoops world: despite a tumultuous season, Arizona is a legitimate..." March 11

  • Donald Trump exaggerated his role in resolving UCLA shoplifting case

    SI "“I should have left them in jail!” President Donald Trump tweeted in reference to the UCLA basketball players arrested in November for shoplifting in China. According to a new report from ESPN’s Arash Markazi, though, Trump’s involvement didn’t come until the players had already resolved the case..." March 03

  • LaVar to Trump Thanks for Nothing in China ... P.S. Stay in Yo Lane!!!

    TMZ "LaVar Ball's taking a shot at 45 once again ... this time over the report that Donald Trump didn't really do anything to free his son in China after he got caught shoplifting. As TMZ Sports reported ... LaVar refused to thank the Prez back in November for helping spring LiAngelo and his UCLA..." March 03

  • Shareef O’Neal Says He Received Threats After De-Committing From Arizona

    Complex "Five-star recruit Shareef O’Neal revealed he has received threats after de-committing from the University of Arizona. O’Neal, who is the son of Basketball Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal, committed to UCLA after Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller was accused of discussing a $100,000..." March 03

  • Did ESPN confuse Deandre Ayton with Brian Bowen in Miller report?

    Larry Brown Sports "A lot of holes have been poked into ESPN’s report that said Sean Miller was caught on a wiretap discussing paying Deandre Ayton to come to the University of Arizona. Now there is some speculation saying that ESPN confused Ayton for Brian Bowen in their report. Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg..." March 02

  • Sean Miller 'very emotional' after Arizona fans' standing ovation

    ESPN "As thousands of fans at the McKale Center rose and cheered for Arizona head coach Sean Miller before the start of Thursday night's game against Stanford, Miller looked around the arena and absorbed the atmosphere. His roller coaster of a week started last Friday, when an ESPN report tied him to..." March 02

  • PG Brandon Williams becomes third player to decommit from Arizona

    ESPN "Arizona lost its final commitment of the 2018 class on Friday, as ESPN 100 point guard Brandon Williams announced he was decommitting from the Wildcats and reopening his recruitment. "I have had to take a step back and reevaluate my commitment," Williams said in a statement on Twitter. "Playing..." March 02

  • Sources: Miller, UA lawyers continue to negotiate coach's fate

    247 Sports "Lawyers of both Arizona head coach Sean Miller and the University of Arizona spent Tuesday in deep negotiations regarding Miller's future with the school, sources told 247Sports. By the end of Tuesday, the sides had yet to reach an amicable agreement regarding options for Miller to return to the..." March 01

  • Arizona Coach Sean Miller Denies ESPN Report, Will Return to Team

    SI "Arizona coach Sean Miller will remain with the program. In the press conference Thursday, Miller denied an ESPN report that said he had a phone conversations with former ASM Sports employee Christian Dawkins about a $100,000 payment for freshman DeAndre Ayton and said he has never paid any..." March 01

  • Miller, UA lawyers continue to negotiate coach's fate

    247 Sports "x Lawyers of both Arizona head coach Sean Miller and the University of Arizona spent Tuesday in deep negotiations regarding Miller's future with the school, sources told 247Sports. By the end of Tuesday, the sides had yet to reach an amicable agreement regarding options for Miller to return..." February 28

  • Arizona says Sean Miller would not be paid more if fired with cause

    Larry Brown Sports "Sean Miller would not receive more money from the University of Arizona if fired with cause, the school says. On Friday, news broke that the FBI had evidence on wiretap of Miller discussing a $100,000 payment for recruit Deandre Ayton. A day later, ESPN’s Darren Rovell made headlines by..." February 27

  • USC expects Chimezie Metu to be eligible for rest of season

    Orange County Register "Chimezie Metu awoke to a text message from USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield on Friday morning. Enfield asked if Metu could meet him in his hotel room, where the team was staying in Salt Lake City, a day before it was to face Utah. When Metu arrived, Enfield relayed a newly published..." February 27

  • Sources: Sean Miller met Monday with Arizona, could learn fate soon

    247 Sports "Arizona head coach Sean Miller, his lawyers and Arizona’s administrators met Monday in an attempt to determine his future, sources tell 247Sports. Miller’s fate remains up in the air after continued speculation of the legitimacy of an ESPN report last week. The University is expected to make a..." February 27

  • Shaq's Son Shareef O'Neal to UCLA After Decommitting from Arizona Amid FBI Probe

    Bleacher Report "Shaquille O'Neal won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his son is reported to be heading to La-La Land to play college basketball. Josh Gershon of 247Sports reported Shareef O'Neal has committed to UCLA after he decommitted from Arizona in the wake of reports the Wildcats are..." February 27

  • DeAndre Ayton wants FBI, NCAA to clear his name

    Larry Brown Sports "Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton’s lawyer is appealing to the FBI and NCAA to clear the young star’s name. On behalf of Ayton’s family, the attorney claims that Ayton told the FBI months ago that no payments were ever solicited, and that Ayton’s commitment to Arizona was based on basketball..." February 26

  • UCLA's Steve Alford says the idea that everyone is getting paid in college basketball is 'ludicrous'

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA coach Steve Alford and point guard Lonzo Ball were completely in sync throughout Ball's one season with the Bruins, but they have vastly differing opinions on the issue of illicit payments to college basketball players. Ball, nearing the end of his rookie season with the Lakers, said..." February 26

  • Attorney: Ayton committed to Arizona due to family ties, not money

    Sporting News "Deandre Ayton denied ESPN's report that said he received money from Arizona to play basketball with their program. Ayton's attorney issued a statement from the family Saturday stating they were "outraged and disgusted" by the report which detailed Arizona coach Sean Miller discussing payment..." February 25

  • FBI wiretaps show Sean Miller discussed $100K payment to lock recruit

    ESPN "FBI wiretaps intercepted telephone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption, in which Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure star freshman Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats, sources..." February 24

  • Sean Miller will not coach against Oregon following ESPN report regarding DeAndre Ayton

    SEC Country "It seems the first repercussions from the multiple bomb-shell reports that dropped Friday are happening, as Arizona coach Sean Miller will not coach his team’s game on Saturday against Oregon, per Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star. This comes a day after ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported that..." February 24

  • Arizona Must Fire Sean Miller Immediately

    The Big Lead "Sean Miller is done. If Friday night’s bombshell report from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach is to be believed, the FBI intercepted wiretapped phone conversations of Miller discussing paying $100,000 for five-star recruit Deandre Ayton. Given the existing connection at Arizona in the FBI’s investigation..." February 24

  • Shareef O'Neal decommits from Arizona Wildcats; Brandon Williams may be next

    Tuscon "Shareef O'Neal decommitted from the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, and Brandon Williams' father told the Star that his family will discuss tonight whether to do the same. If Williams also decommits, the Wildcats would have no recruits left in the class of 2018. O'Neal, the son of legendary..." February 24

  • Quirk in Sean Miller's contract gets him more from Arizona if he's fired for cause

    CBS Sports "Following a bombshell report from ESPN on Friday night alleging that Arizona coach Sean Miller was caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to lure a five-star recruit to commit to the school, it would come as no surprise to anyone if the university is exploring how to part ways with..." February 24

  • Deandre Ayton will play when Arizona faces Oregon

    USA Today "Arizona on Saturday has a chance to wrap up at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season crown, but for now that possibility has lost importance. The school announced Sean Miller would not coach the team after an ESPN story Friday reported Miller was caught on FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000..." February 24

  • Allonzo Trier ruled ineligible due to banned substance; Arizona plans to appeal

    CBS Sports "Arizona junior point guard Allonzo Trier is facing the second substance-induced suspension of his college career. The university announced Thursday that Trier is indefinitely ineligible, effective immediately, per an NCAA mandate. The reason for his punishment predates the 2017-18 season...." February 22

  • De'Anthony Melton announces he's withdrawing from USC

    Los Angeles Times "De'Anthony Melton has decided to withdraw from USC, the sophomore guard announced Wednesday on Twitter. He hasn't played for the Trojans all season. USC announced in January that Melton would sit out for the remainder of the season after being linked to the college basketball bribery case that..." February 21

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