Miller, Wade won’t have to testify in hoops trial

ESPN

A judge in a federal court ruled Friday that Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will not have to testify in next week's federal trial into college basketball corruption.

Miller and Wade were subpoenaed by Steven Haney, attorney for former agent-runner Christian Dawkins, but federal prosecutors filed a motion earlier this month to preclude the two coaches from testifying on the grounds that it was irrelevant.

U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos granted that motion Friday morning, saying that whether the defendants had relationships with coaches that they did not bribe was indeed irrelevant to the case.

Haney had argued that wiretap evidence of Dawkins speaking with Miller and Wade would show that he had conversations with high-level coaches and did not discuss bribing players on those phone calls. Those phone calls, Haney argued, would show Dawkins' intent while also showing signs of "systematic cheating at the highest level."

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