After 12 controversial seasons as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats, Sean Miller has been fired according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.
BREAKING: Arizona has parted ways with Sean Miller, sources told @Stadium. Spent 12 years at UA, had one year left on contract.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 7, 2021
Miller was charged with head coach responsibility for failure to promote atmosphere of compliance. Administration stuck by Miller for 4 years.
The NCAA investigation into Miller and his assistant coaches remains ongoing, and there’s been no guidance from the FBI about their investigation into what happened with the Wildcats coaching staff that might have violated federal law.
The complete 22-page Notice of Allegations pdf against the Wildcats program by the NCAA was released a month ago under court order after ESPN sued to get it. It includes five Level I allegations (the really bad stuff), that include things like “academic misconduct” and “reckless indifference to the NCAA Constitution.”
That doesn’t even consider that an assistant coach was taking bribes from an FBI front operation (which to be fair never should have existed in the first place) to steer kids towards agents when they get to the NBA. If the real NCAA Hammer is ever going to come down again, it will be on “A Players Program.”
Miller was in Tucson for 12 years but never made a Final Four, falling in the Elite Eight three times. They missed the 2019 NCAA Tournament by not being good enough, the 2020 one due to COVID-19, and the 2021 version because of a self-imposed postseason ban that doubles as a plea for mercy from the NCAA Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
Maybe women’s coach Adia Barnes can draw it up for both teams? She did just get the Wildcats two games further in the NCAA Tournament than Miller ever did.