If Sean Miller gets fired for cause, the way Arizona has written his deal, he would still get roughly 85% of the money he has remaining ($10.3M out of $12M). That’s a virtually unprecedented take for a for cause firing. Most coaches get $0.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 24, 2018
Still, if Miller is found to have violated NCAA rules, his financial picture won’t be as rosy.
Sean Miller has roughly $12 million left on his contract through June 2022.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 24, 2018
The ESPN report was just the latest blow for Arizona, the preseason No. 2 team in the nation. In September, assistant Book Richardson was one of four high-profile Division 1 coaches arrested when the FBI arrested 10 people in the college basketball scandal. The Miller news would make it seem that Richardson wasn’t acting as a lone wolf. Also this week, junior guard Allonzo Trier was ruled ineligible after testing positive for a banned substance. The Miller/Ayton news could have ramifications on the recruiting front, too. Arizona already lost point guard Jahvon Quinerly, who decommited in the wake of the FBI investigation and then chose Villanova, and missed out on several top recruits, including R.J. Barrett, Bol Bol and Simi Shittu, all of whom crossed Arizona off their lists after the FBI scandal broke. Now their remaining two 2018 commits, Shareef O’Neal, Shaquille’s son, and Brandon Williams could decommit too.
If Sean Miller is found to have violated NCAA rules, not only would he lose his job, but, per his contract, he’d have to pay Arizona up to $300,000 in damages related to the case.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 24, 2018
Arizona is currently a projected No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, per ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Arizona has yet to issue any official comment on the latest Miller news.
On top of all this Arizona could lose more recruits, too. pic.twitter.com/KTsVJlQirH— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 24, 2018