Arizona fires scandal-marred basketball coach Sean Miller

Three-and-a-half years after the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, one of the sport’s big-name coaches is out of a job.

Arizona, after sticking by head coach Sean Miller for years, and looking the other way as the university’s name was dragged through the mud and one of his longtime assistants served time in prison, fired Miller on Wednesday, according to Stadium.

Miller was in a precarious position as Arizona waited on the NCAA’s punishment for its role in the scandal. Former assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson was arrested in 2017 and later pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in 2019.

Miller’s dismissal comes after Arizona self-imposed a postseason ban for this past year and released its notice of allegations in March that included five Level 1 violations, the most severe the NCAA issues. Miller received a Level 1 violation and there was an overall institutional control charge levied against the program.

On the court, Miller did a good job, although he never reached the Final Four. Over 12 seasons, he went 302-109, made it to the Elite Eight three times, and was the Pac-12 Coach of the Year three times. 

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