The jig is up — the NCAA is corrupt. Tell us something we didn’t know.
A report surfaced last week regarding both former and current college ballers that allegedly received payments from agents. The list was long and included schools like Duke, North Carolina, and Michigan State, but we learned a lot more over the weekend.
Enter the University of Arizona with one of the wildest cases in the history of college sports when it comes to NCAA violations. Arizona head coach Sean Miller’s conversations over a supposed $100k payment to secure the commitment of DeAndre Ayton have surfaced and it seems that no one is safe at this point.
FBI wiretaps reportedly include conversations with Arizona coach Sean Miller discussing a $100K payment to secure the commitment of freshman phenom DeAndre Ayton.
We learned Saturday night, prior to Arizona’s Pac 12 matchup versus Oregon, that Sean Miller would not coach but DeAndre Ayton would play. They sure missed their coach during the loss, but faced an even greater one regarding Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef.
The Diesel’s son, Shareef O’Neal, announced that he opened up his recruitment again following the Sean Miller news. Its a great call for a kid who was just snubbed from the McDonald’s All-American game.
He wants the opportunity to play in the Big Dance during March and Arizona might not be the best place for him amid this FBI probe.
At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team.I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it's in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.
— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018
Shareef has been committed to Arizona since last spring but will look for a new home elsewhere in the coming weeks. He shouldn’t be short of potential suitors. Maybe a Kentucky or Kansas catches his eye during March Madness.
In the meantime, we’re curious if DeAndre Ayton will continue to play well into March when it matters most.
From the looks of it, Sean Miller won’t be joining him. One thing for certain, is the University of Arizona definitely breeds some wild cats.