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ESPN: Miller Discussed $100K Payment To Recruit Player

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:12:00 -0700

(image) A battered Arizona men’s basketball program took another hit Friday, when a bombshell report hit.

The ESPN report alleges that Coach Sean Miller discussed paying $100,000 to recruit seven-foot freshman Deandre Ayton.

The discussion, according to the report, was picked up by an FBI wiretap of former sports agent Christian Dawkins, a main source in the FBI’s investigation.

The FBI collected more than 3,000 hours of conversation between the former ASM agent and various subjects, according to the report, including Miller’s discussions.

Ayton, who’s averaging 19.6 points per game and 10.9 rebounds this season, was among the highest-rated prospects in the Class of 2017, highlighting Miller’s recruiting efforts.

The University, as of noon Saturday, has yet to say whether Miller or any players and assistants will be suspended or terminated.

The team is 22-6 this season, with a one-and-a-half game lead atop the Pac-12 conference standings. They play Oregon at 8:15 p.m. tonight.

According to ESPN, Miller’s contract has a buyout package that would cost $10.3 million to fire him for cause.

Oddly enough, Miller’s buyout would only be $5.15 million, should they fire him without cause, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.



Kids Nowadays. They're Awful(ly Wonderful)!

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:48:00 -0700

(image) How many times in the past have I complained about "Kids nowadays," how lazy and self-centered and ignorant they are? Not like my generation!

The answer is, never that I can recall.…



The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0700

(image) Your Weekly list to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Theater




Double Trouble

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Two more state bills are trying to restrict medical marijuana use, despite the intent of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Two more state bills are making their way through the legislative gauntlet to restrict medical marijuana use, despite the intent of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act to make alternative treatment more available. Both bills, introduced by Rep. Vince Leach, R-Saddlebrooke, aim to limit the number of people using medical marijuana in Arizona, but given the state constitution's restrictions on changing voter-approved laws, they could run into trouble despite heavy support in the Republican-controlled legislature.…



XOXO...

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Music in Tucson this week. Mark your calendars... Thursday, Feb. 22: Often performing as a one-man band, Al Foul draws on primitivism with allusions to forebears Link Wray, Johnny Cash and Blind Lemon Jefferson to craft his compelling school of hard knocks sound.…



Know Your Product

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Indie pop/rocker Pat Keen and five albums that made an impact on him. Indie pop/rocker Pat Keen is what you want in DIY musician: a good sense of humor, catchy hooks and lyrics, well recorded but with still a lo-fi edge, and plenty of experimentation to keep things interesting. On his latest album Albatross, Keen aimed to be "stretching the conventions of homemade-pop" and certainly managed to do so, without losing sight of what relaxing folk-pop is all about.…



Word Up

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) If you love books, you’re living in the right town. With the Tucson Festival of Books just weeks away, it's time to take a look at the many author-oriented events coming to Tucson this spring. If you love books, you're living in the right town.…



The Joy of Flying

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) The renowned photographer is one of three distinguished photographers in a must-see exhibition at Etherton closing March 3. Graciela Iturbide took her first photograph high above the clouds. Flying on her first-ever plane ride, leaving home for the first time, she was on her way to boarding school.…



Reel Indie

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Get Reel this week. RiffTrax/Twilight Dream Date. Remember about a decade ago when the world was thrust deep into the teen-vampire-romance chasm?…



King of the Jungle

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) With director Ryan Coogler, Marvel has yet another big win with a grand future. Scoring director Ryan Coogler to helm Black Panther proves to be a major triumph. His entry into the Marvel universe is a majestic, full bodied, exhilarating treatment of the African king title character with the crazy cool suit (Chadwick Boseman).…



How About a Mulligan?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) CJ Hamm, along with partners Kade Mislinski and Dave Musso, turned a busy eastside street dive bar into an open and friendly neighborhood pub. CJ Hamm is a very Busy Guy. Not only is he the executive chef of Saguaro Corners, CJ is also a single father of 3, competed in an upcoming episode of Chopped, just quit smoking and recently turned a busy street dive bar into an open and friendly neighborhood pub.…



Tucson Salvage

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Jack Martin trundles his acres as if on a private mission, pointing out war beasts with excitable affection. Jack Martin trundles his acres as if on a private mission, pointing out war beasts with excitable affection.…



Gazing into the Abyss

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) UA’s astronomy department and Steward Observatory are making advancements toward both seeing and understanding black holes. Seeing and understanding are two very different things. And when it comes to an object as enigmatic as a black hole, both can be difficult.…



Information Overload

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Vincent del Casino Jr. is UA vice president for academic initiatives and student success as well as professor of geography and development. Vincent del Casino Jr. is UA vice president for academic initiatives and student success as well as professor of geography and development. At 7 p.m.…



Police Dispatch

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) A man appearing to brandish a "machete" against some northside teens caused a wave of fear in the Foothills. West River Road, Jan. 28, 8:59 p.m. A man appearing to brandish a "machete" against some northside teens caused a wave of fear in the Foothills—but as it turned out, the subject was simply a homeless person camping in the area who'd been trying to defend himself against the youngsters while holding a homemade gardening tool, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.…



A Ray of Hope at the Rodeo

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Everyone is wearing pink. There's hot pink shirts and pale pink cowgirl boots and couples wearing bright pink, matching bandanas. Everyone is wearing pink. There's hot pink shirts and pale pink cowgirl boots and couples wearing bright pink, matching bandanas.…



Editor's Note

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) This week's cover story is an extensive package on the Tucson Hip Hop Festival, coordinated by staff writer Danyelle Khmara. I have to give big props to staff reporter Danyelle Khmara, who coordinated this issue's extensive package on the Tucson Hip Hop Festival, which takes place this weekend. Danyelle meets with Native American students who will be traveling from Sells to Tucson to photograph the festival, thanks to a determined teacher; staff reporter Jeff Gardner talks to Alex Nava, a UA professor of religious studies who teaches a course on hip hop; our unpaid interns, Melissa Vasquez and Brianna Lewis, catch up with young and aspiring hip hop artists and break dancers; and longtime contributor Eric Swedlund profiles Marco Oliva, better known as Marcoso, a Tucsonan who creates artwork for hip hop album covers, T-shirts, music videos and more.…



Heads Will Roll

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) If you happen to hear a funky beat blasting from inside the Global Justice Center, it may be the local b-boys and b-girls getting together to breakdance. If you happen to hear a funky beat blasting from inside the Global Justice Center, it may be the local b-boys and b-girls getting together to breakdance. The energy builds with each dancer who arrives to open practice, a recent Tuesday evening.…



Getting Schooled

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) The University of Arizona is one of the few, but growing number of, academic institutions that recognizes hip hop as a legitimate field of study. The University of Arizona is one of the few, but growing number of, academic institutions that recognizes hip hop as a legitimate field of study. Under the Africana Studies minor, students can make their concentration in the billion-dollar industry.…



Man Behind the Designs

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) If there's a look that characterizes Tucson hip hop, it's in the designs and artwork of Marco Oliva, known as Marcoso. Tucson's ever-growing hip hop scene may not have a particular sound to call its own. But if there's a look that characterizes Tucson hip hop, it's in the designs and artwork of Marco Oliva, known as Marcoso.…



A Flash of Inspiration

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) This year, Julius Schlosburg is the festival's photo ambassador with teens from the Sells reservation. To say 14-year-old Jasmine Stevens' photos reflects life of the youth in Sells, capital of the Tohono O'odham Nation, is simplifying it. As she scrolls through her photos, the teen impresses her teacher with her grasp of composition and lighting.…



Poetry of the People

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) There's a tight-knit group of young rappers and producers gaining momentum in the world of Tucson hip hop. There's a tight-knit group of young rappers and producers gaining momentum in the world of Tucson hip hop. Forget the overused verses about Xanax bars and weed, a new girl every weekend and luxury cars.…



Essential Elements

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) When you break it down, there's one underlying reason for the birth and growth of the Tucson Hip Hop Festival: "We just love hip hop." Last year, Tucson Hip Hop Festival directors Pike Romero and Jocelyn Valencia wanted to create a festival that included all the elements of hip hop: rap, beat production, breakdancing, graffiti art, DJing and knowledge. …



Israel, the U.S. and Guns

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:10:00 -0700

(image) In Israel you can buy 50 bullets a year. That's it.…



Zona Politics: State Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley and State Sen. Andrea Dalessandro

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0700

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In this televised edition of Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel: State Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley and state Sen. Andrea Dalessandro sit down for one-on-one interviews about what's going on at the Arizona Legislature this session.