The school announced on Wednesday that Miller, who still had a year on contract, was leaving the program, and that assistant head coach Jack Murphy will serve as interim head coach Arizona has also stated that he would honor the terms of Miller’s existing contract
“We appreciate Sean’s commitment to our basketball program and the college,” Arizona director of athletics Dave Heeke said in a statement. “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 the university and wish them the best in the future ”
Miller had been in Tucson since 2009, leading the Wildcats to seven NCAA tournaments and three Elite Eight appearances Arizona have won at least a share of five regular-season Pac-12 championships under Miller
Arizona was entangled in 2017 federal college basketball corruption investigation Former assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribes after being accused of accepting $ 20,000 to direct Arizona players to aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins During Dawkins’ trial, prosecutors played a call intercepted by the FBI in which Richardson told Dawkins Miller was paying $ 10,000 a month for former player Deandre Ayton Miller has always denied paying players to attend Arizona
The NCAA has charged the school with five Level I violations, according to a notice of allegations released last month The program has been hit with two suspected cases of academic misconduct, while Miller has been accused of failing to have demonstrated “that he fosters an atmosphere of compliance and supervises his staff”
Sources told ESPN Arizona are considering Miller contract extension but board won’t approve due to ongoing NCAA issues
Before taking over in Arizona, Miller had been Xavier’s head coach for five seasons, competing in four NCAA tournaments, including an Elite Eight.
A potential replacement who has been buzzing in recent days has been Gonzaga’s longtime assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, sources tell ESPN Names with Arizona ties who should be involved include Damon Stoudamire of the Pacific, Josh Pastner of Georgia Tech and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Miles Simon BYU head coach Mark Pope had been linked with the post earlier in the season, and Arkansas’ Eric Musselman is another name that could get a call to gauge interest.
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