Despite all the turmoil surrounding the Arizona Wildcats basketball program because of an FBI investigation, the team practiced as usual Thursday.
And yes, head coach Sean Miller was there, point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright told Erica Weston of KGUN 9.
Just saw @APlayersProgram outside McKale. PJC told me the team did practice today, and Sean Miller was there.— Erica Weston (@EricaLWeston) September 29, 2017
While Miller was not implicated in the FBI investigation that resulted in assistant Book Richardson’s arrest for improper behavior on the recruiting trail, there are some serious allegations directed toward the Arizona program.
And seeing that Miller is in charge of said program, many are wondering what his fate at the UA will be (as well as what type of role he had in the scandal, if any at all).
Richardson has been suspended by the UA, and the process to fire him has been initiated. Meanwhile, the UA has started its own investigation into the scandal, trying to get the bottom of the allegations, which may take a while.
In the meantime, Miller is still Arizona’s head coach, and the season is less than two months away, so there’s no reason the team’s preparation would be altered unless something changes with Miller’s employment status.
Arizona usually begins practicing as a team right around media day, which was scheduled for Wednesday before it was postponed after the FBI’s investigation went public.
Arizona holds its Red-Blue game on Friday, Oct. 20 and the regular season opener is Friday, Nov. 10.
Miller was reportedly at practice Thursday, but will he be roaming the McKale Center sidelines those days? That remains to be seen.
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