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Arizona regents to meet Thursday to discuss Sean Miller's contract

The Arizona board of regents has called a special meeting for Thursday afternoon to receive legal advice and discuss the University of Arizona men's basketball program and the contract of coach Sean Miller.

The board announced in an official agenda notice Wednesday afternoon that it would hold the 4 p.m. ET meeting for "legal advice and discussion regarding University of Arizona men's basketball and the multiple-year employment contract for the head men's basketball coach."

The board of regents is the governing body for public universities in Arizona. The meeting is not open to the public.

Miller has not coached his team since Friday's publication of an ESPN report tying him to an alleged conversation heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton.

Miller issued a statement saying he believes it is in the best interest of the team to sit out and is "confident that I will be vindicated."

Sarah Harper, spokesperson for the university's board, told ESPN that any action on Miller's status as coach would have to come at a later meeting.

"This meeting is not noticed for any action," Harper said.

Miller's average salary is $2.6 million per year and his contract expires in 2022. He would receive just over $5 million if he were fired without cause. It's unclear how much Miller would receive from the school if it decides to fire him with cause, due to vague language in his contract.

Last week, ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported FBI wiretaps connected to the massive bribery scandal that has rocked college basketball had allegedly recorded Miller discussing a $100,000 payment with ASM Sports employee Christian Dawkins -- who was arrested in the federal investigation -- to secure the services of Ayton.

Both Lynden B. Rose, Ayton's family attorney, and Paul V. Kelly, the former assistant U.S. attorney hired to handle matters with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, said Ayton never accepted any money from any source.

Rose told ESPN on Monday that Ayton and his family "couldn't pick Dawkins out of a lineup" because they have never met him. Kelly said Ayton, a Wooden Award contender and projected top-three pick in this summer's NBA draft, was interviewed by FBI and NCAA officials prior to the season. Those interviews, according to Kelly, did not produce "a shred of evidence" that would compromise Ayton's eligibility.

Ayton did not speak with FBI or NCAA officials under oath, according to Kelly.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.