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Arizona's Sean Miller doesn't coach vs. Oregon; Deandre Ayton starts

Arizona's Sean Miller doesn't coach vs. Oregon; Deandre Ayton starts

Miller was heard on a wiretap in a discussion with Christian Dawkins from ASM Sports agency, according to an ESPN report.

According to an ESPN report, Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretaps caught Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to ensure 7-foot-1 star Deandre Ayton would sign with Arizona.

Saturday's game was the second for Arizona without Allonzo Trier (failed drug test) and Ira Lee (concussion), and the first without Head Coach Sean Miller.

Miller and the university issued a joint statement announcing it would be in the "best interest of the school" for Romar to coach the game. "For now, my thoughts are with our team". The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 Conference this season.

Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton has been ruled eligible Saturday against OR despite allegations claiming he was paid to play for the Wildcats.

Miller has said he "will be vindicated", and a lawyer representing Ayton's family has said the allegation is false.

The family of star Arizona Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton says it is "outraged and disgusted" by an ESPN report implying Ayton received $100,000 in exchange to committing to UA. "This includes basketball and anything else", the statement said. But all is not lost for the Arizona men's basketball program if Miller is let go in disgrace.

Deandre Ayton led the Wildcats with 28 points and 18 rebounds with 17 and 11 in the first half.

Turns out someone at press row just said and they ran with it.

CBS Sports' request for comment from Arizona was not immediately returned.

"We dealt with this the way we dealt with it tonight and we'll move on and see what happens", Romar said.

It's worth noting that two of Romar's former players at Washington, Markelle Fultz and Dejounte Murray, were mentioned in Yahoo!'s report as among those who received money from the agent the FBI is investigating.

Miller's status is unknown going forward, and ESPN even erroneously reported that he had be fired at one point Saturday night. In late September, assistant coaches at four colleges were charged with crimes, including an assistant coach at Arizona, Emanuel Richardson.

The assistant is accused of accepting $20,000 in bribes, as well as paying prospects to sign with Arizona. The school fired Richardson on January 11.

Arizona (22-6,12-3 in the Pac-12) enters the game with a 1 1/2-game lead over second-place USC, which also is engulfed in the college basketball recruiting scandal.

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