It hasn’t been a great run for Sean Miller at Arizona lately. So Miller is now gone.
Miller spent 12 seasons with the Wildcats and had one year left on his contract, but things just weren’t the same following a 2017 federal investigation into the program.
The NCAA charged Arizona with five Level I violations, per a notice of allegations released last month. The basketball program was hit with two alleged instances of academic misconduct, and Miller was charged for not demonstrating “that he promoted an atmosphere for compliance and monitored his staff.”
The Wildcats made seven NCAA Tournament appearances under Miller, including three stops in the Elite Eight.
ESPN reported that Arizona was thinking about giving Miller a contract extension, but the school board would not approve it because of the issues with the NCAA.
“We appreciate Sean’s commitment to our basketball program and to the university,” Arizona athletics director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “After taking the many factors involved into account, we simply believe that we need a fresh start and now is the time. I want to thank Sean, Amy and their sons for their service to the university and wish them the very best in the future.”
Miller’s name will undoubtedly resurface in other spots, perhaps at the mid-major level outside of the “power” conferences.