Sean Miller has been fired as the head coach of the men’s basketball team in Arizona, sources told ESPN.
Miller has been in Tucson since 2009, leading the Wildcats to seven NCAA tournaments and three Elite Eight appearances. Arizona has won at least five championships in the regular season of the Pac-12 under Miller.
Miller had one year left on his contract.
Arizona was shut down in the 2017 federal investigation into corruption at a basketball college. Former assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson has pleaded guilty to one felony charge of conspiracy to commit bribery after he was accused of accepting $ 20,000 to direct Arizona players to ambitious sports agent Christian Dawkins. During the Dawkins trial, prosecutors heard an FBI call in which Richardson told Dawkins that Miller was paying $ 1
The NCAA has charged the school with five Level I violations, according to a statement issued last month. The program was affected by two alleged cases of academic misconduct, while Miller was accused of failing to demonstrate “promoting an atmosphere of compliance and supervising his staff.”
Arizona self-imposed a one-year post-season ban for last season.
Sources told ESPN that Arizona was considering extending Miller’s contract, but the Regents Council would not approve it due to continuing problems with the NCAA.
Prior to taking over Arizona, Miller was head coach at Xavier for five seasons, going to four NCAA tournaments and one Elite Eight.
One potential buzzing shift in recent days is longtime Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, ESPN sources said. Arizona-linked names expected to be involved include Damon Stoudamir of the Pacific, Josh Pastner of Georgia Tech and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Miles Simon. BYU head coach Mark Pope has been linked to work earlier in the season, while Arkansas’ Eric Musselman is the other name he could receive a call for an interest assessment.