Arizona fires coach Sean Miller after 12 seasons
Sean Miller has been fired as the pinnacle coach of the Arizona males’s basketball crew.The varsity introduced Wednesday that Miller, who had one yr left on his contract, was leaving this system, and affiliate head coach Jack Murphy will function interim head coach. Arizona additionally stated it could honor the phrases of Miller’s current contract.”We recognize Sean’s dedication to our basketball program and to the college,” Arizona athletics director Dave Heeke stated in an announcement. “After taking the numerous components concerned under consideration, we merely imagine that we’d like a contemporary begin and now’s the time. I wish to thank Sean, Amy and their sons for his or her service to the college and want them the perfect sooner or later.”Miller had been in Tucson since 2009, main the Wildcats to seven NCAA tournaments and three Elite Eight appearances. Arizona received a minimum of a share of 5 Pac-12 regular-season championships beneath Miller.Arizona had been ensnared within the 2017 federal investigation into corruption in school basketball. Former assistant coach Emanuel “E book” Richardson pleaded responsible to 1 felony depend of conspiracy to commit bribery after being accused of accepting $20,000 to steer Arizona gamers to aspiring sports activities agent Christian Dawkins. Throughout Dawkins’ trial, prosecutors performed an FBI-intercepted name through which Richardson advised Dawkins that Miller was paying $10,000 a month for former participant DeAndre Ayton. Miller has persistently denied paying gamers to attend Arizona.The NCAA charged the varsity with 5 Degree I violations, in keeping with a discover of allegations launched final month. This system was hit with two alleged situations of educational misconduct, whereas Miller was charged for not demonstrating “that he promoted an environment for compliance and monitored his employees.”Arizona self-imposed a one-year postseason ban for this previous season.Sources advised ESPN that Arizona had been contemplating a contract extension for Miller, however the Board of Regents wouldn’t approve it due to the continuing NCAA points.Earlier than taking on at Arizona, Miller had been the pinnacle coach at Xavier for 5 seasons, going to 4 NCAA tournaments and one Elite Eight.One potential alternative buzzing in current days has been longtime Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, sources advised ESPN. Names with Arizona ties anticipated to be concerned embrace Pacific’s Damon Stoudamire, Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Miles Simon. BYU head coach Mark Pope had been linked to the job earlier within the season, whereas Arkansas’ Eric Musselman is one other identify who may get a name to gauge curiosity.