FBI investigation not a conversation topic for Archie, Sean Miller

Archie Miller and his brother, Sean, continue to talk as they usually do.

But those conversations, Archie Miller said Tuesday, have little to do with the ongoing FBI investigation that has reportedly ensnared Sean in a web of trouble.

“I’ve spoken to Sean quite a bit,” said Archie Miller, Indiana’s first-year coach. “Our conversations are about our family, more than anything. What’s going on in Arizona and what’s going on in college basketball in general is something that really wasn’t the topic of conversations for us.”

On Friday, ESPN reported that FBI wiretaps intercepted phone calls between Sean Miller, the coach at Arizona, and Christian Dawkins, an associate at the ASM Sports agency at the center of the ongoing probe into corruption in the sport. In these calls, Miller reportedly discussed making a $100,000 payment to land top recruit Deandre Ayton.

The report has halted, at least temporarily, Sean’s coaching tenure at Arizona. The school announced Saturday afternoon that he would not coach in that night’s scheduled game at Oregon, and his status for the Wildcats’ next game on Thursday against Stanford is unclear.

Meanwhile, Archie Miller, who served as an assistant coach to Sean at Arizona from 2009 through 2011, says his focus is on Indiana, not the FBI.

“It’s been hard on a lot of people,” Archie said. “Move on the best you can. You know, for me, I’ve got a job to do here, and that’s sort of where I’m at. That’s how I sort of go about my business.”