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Wednesday’s Scandal Update

It’s Miller time.

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After a long silence, Arizona’s Sean Miller is finally addressing the scandal which threatens his program.
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In today’s scandal news, Louisville has an interim A.D.: Vince Tyra, whose dad has deep Louisville roots. Tom Jurich has not yet been fired so we’ll have to see how that turns out.

Wisely, Tyra says integrity is his highest priority. Reactions have been mostly positive.

For his part, interim basketball coach David Padgett needs someone he can trust, so who better to call on than his dad?

Out in Tucson, the great Sonoran silence has ended as Sean Miller has finally spoken:

“As the head basketball coach at the University of Arizona, I recognize my responsibility is not only to establish a culture of success on the basketball court and in the classroom, but as important, to promote and reinforce a culture of compliance. To the best of my ability, I have worked to demonstrate this over the past eight years and will continue to do so as we move forward.”

Right now he has the support of his superiors but that may be squishy. Check out what president Robert Robbins said: “Based on the facts that we know at this time, we support coach Miller and intend to provide him with all of the tools necessary to meet our goals and expectations.”

The key three words are the hedge: “at this time.”

Miller may not be indicted but the NCAA hasn’t weighed in yet so he may not share Tubby Smith’s pillow just yet. As the president subtly indicated, there are still many unanswered questions. And the recruiting hits keep coming: Semi Shittu is no longer considering Arizona which leaves Vandy and UNC.

Out in the Bay Area, Jon Wilner reckons things will get worse for the PAC-12.

Down in Miami, the coaching staff has turned over records to the FBI but “expect to be exonerated,” according to the Miami Herald. Larranaga’s attorney is aggressive but he also seems quite confident. Just sayin’.

However, the hits keep coming there too as point guard prospect Jalen Cary is no longer considering the ‘Canes (it’ll be Syracuse or UConn).

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