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Sean Miller out as basketball coach in Arizona after 12 seasons with the Wildcats, the university said on Wednesday Miller, whose contract was due to expire next season, is in a tight spot with the school administration as Arizona awaits punishment after the NCAA investigation stemming from the FBI’s corruption investigation in college basketball recruiting

“We appreciate Sean’s commitment to our basketball program and to the university,” Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in the statement announcing what the school has called a “departure. “from Miller” After taking into account the many factors involved we just think we need a fresh start and the time is right I want to thank Sean, Amy and their sons for their service at college and their wish the best in the future “

Miller compiled a 302-109 record in 12 seasons with the Wildcats and led the program to three Elite Eight appearances Previously he coached at Xavier for five seasons The former Pittsburgh playmaker won three Pac-12 Coach of the Year award while in Arizona

Book Richardson, a former Arizona assistant coach, pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2019 Arizona finally released its notice of allegations in March, and it included five Level I violations. include an alleged Level I violation against Miller and a charge of blanket institutional control against the program

The Wildcats are one of many programs awaiting decisions from the IARP, which is an independent body created in 2019 to adjudicate cases of complicated NCAA offenses The IARP has yet to render a ruling of any kind as it also deals with cases involving LSU, Kansas, the state of North Carolina, Memphis and Louisville, among others.

Arizona self-imposed a playoff ban for the 2020-21 season The Wildcats last played in the NCAA tournament at the end of the 2017-18 season and lost in the first round They finished the 2020-21 season with a 17-9 record (11-9 Pac-12) With a NET ranking of 47, the Wildcats would likely have been on the bubble to participate in the NCAA tournament if they were eligible for the event

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World News – United States – Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller out after 12 seasons with the Wildcats