Sean Miller has been fired as head coach of the Arizona men’s basketball team, sources told ESPN.
Miller had been with Tucson since 2009, leading the Wildcats to seven NCAA tournaments and three Elite Eight appearances. Arizona won at least a share of five Pac-12 championships in the regular season under Miller.
Miller had a year left on his contract.
Arizona had been caught in the 2017 federal investigation into college basketball corruption. Former assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy charge after being accused of accepting $ 20,000 to lead Arizona players to aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins. During Dawkins̵
The NCAA charged the school with five Level I offenses, according to a statement of allegations released last month. The program was hit by two alleged cases of academic misconduct, while Miller was accused of failing to demonstrate “that he fostered an atmosphere of compliance and supervised his staff.”
Arizona imposed a one-year ban after the season for a year.
Sources told ESPN that Arizona had considered a contract extension for Miller, but the Board of Regents would not approve it because of the ongoing NCAA problems.
Prior to taking over at Arizona, Miller had coached Xavier for five seasons and participated in four NCAA tournaments and an Elite Eight.
A potential replacement that has been buzzing in recent days has been longtime Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, sources tell ESPN. Names with Arizona ties expected to be involved include Pacific Damon Stoudamire, Georgia Techs Josh Pastner and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Miles Simon. BYU head coach Mark Pope had been linked with the job earlier in the season, while Arkansas’ Eric Musselman is another name that could get a call to measure interest.