Sean Miller has been fired as the top coach of Arizona, sources informed ESPN.
Miller had been in Tucson since 2009, main the Wildcats to seven NCAA tournaments and three Elite Eight appearances. Arizona gained at the least a share of 5 Pac-12 regular-season championships underneath Miller.
Arizona had been ensnared within the 2017 federal investigation into corruption in school basketball. Former assistant coach Emanuel “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. During Dawkins’ trial, prosecutors performed a name by which Richardson informed Dawkins that Miller was paying $10,000 a month for former participant DeAndre Ayton. Miller has constantly denied paying gamers to attend Arizona.
The NCAA charged the varsity with 5 Level I violations, in keeping with a discover of allegations launched final month. The program 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 workers.”
Arizona self-imposed a one-year postseason ban for this previous season.
Miller had only one yr left on his contract, and because of the ongoing NCAA points, sources informed ESPN, the varsity didn’t give him a contract extension.
Prior to taking up at Arizona, Miller had been the top 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 informed 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 might get a name to gauge curiosity.