Sean Miller is OUT at Arizona.
According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Arizona has decided to part ways with the veteran head coach with just one year remaining on his contract, a move that comes after Miller and the school were charged with nine total NCAA violations and five Level I violations back in October.
Among the violations? Head coach responsibility for failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and a lack of head coach control.
BREAKING: Arizona has parted ways with Sean Miller, sources told @Stadium. Spent 12 years at UA, had one year left on contract.
Miller was charged with head coach responsibility for failure to promote atmosphere of compliance. Administration stuck by Miller for 4 years.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 7, 2021
Back in 2017, former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson was one of ten people arrested during the FBI’s investigation into college basketball after he was accused of (and later plead guilty to) accepting $20,000 in bribes from business-manager-turned-agent Christian Dawkins. He also admitted to helping athletes with financial needs once they arrived on campus.
As for Miller, ESPN reported back in 2018 that the now-former Arizona coach was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to former top recruit Deandre Ayton, who ultimately signed with the Wildcats and was drafted No. 1 overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2018.
Miller’s time at Arizona comes to a close after 12 years with the program, coaching from 2009-2021 and earning Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors in 2011, 2014 and 2017. The Wildcats won Pac-12 Tournament championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018 under Miller’s watch.
Prior to his stint at Arizona, Miller coached at Xavier from 2004-2009.