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 an alleged pay-for-play scheme, and continued the following day when he wasn't on the bench to coach his team in an overtime loss to Oregon. The week ended with his school president publicly backing him and announcing his return to the squad Thursday. "I really didn't know what to think about it other than it was very, very emotional," Miller said about the standing ovation he received before Arizona's 75-67 victory over Stanford, which sealed a share of the Pac-12 title. "Tucson and our fans, they've always been the very, very best to my family and myself and have supported our basketball program like no other. And to see them do that is very emotional and something I'll never, ever forget." ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported last week that an FBI wiretap intercepted conversations between Miller and Christian Dawkins -- a runner for ASM Sports and key figure in the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption -- in which Miller discussed paying $100,000 to secure the services of star freshman Deandre Ayton.
Sean Miller 'very emotional' after Arizona fans' standing ovation
ESPN | Mar 2