Amid recent reports that Arizona's basketball program has become the target of an official NCAA inquiry related to the ongoing college hoops corruption case, its athletic director, Dave Heeke, put rumors to bed Saturday that coach Sean Miller's job is in jeopardy.
Heeke offered his full support of Miller at halftime of Arizona's 69-55 loss to Washington State, and pushed back on the idea that the Wildcats' recent firing of assistant coach Mark Phelps was part of a grander scheme to eventually part ways with him.
"We're fully supportive of the coaching staff, the leadership of the basketball program," Heeke said via ESPN. "We're supporting, as I have said before, we support Coach Miller. Those things that have been said to the contrary to that are not true."
Phelps' ouster took place this week after the school initiated his firing, and the board of regents approved his dismissal. His attorney said he was removed because of an alleged NCAA rules violation; reports from ESPN suggest violations are linked to his helping of former Arizona recruit Shareef O'Neal and his academic transcripts. O'Neal is now a student-athlete at UCLA.