Sean Miller has been fired from his position of head coach of the Arizona Wildcats. Sean Miller had one year left on his deal before the Wildcats ultimately parted ways.
Miller had been the Head Coach since 2009 and he had a successful campaign, making seven NCAA Tournaments, winning five PAC 12 Championships, and making it to the Elite Eight on three separate occasions.
Miller’s firing doesn’t come as a result of bad play but instead as a result of the FBI Investigation. Assistant Coach Book Richardson has plead guilty to funneling money towards agent Christian Dawkins. As a result, the school has received five Level 1 violations, also, they self-imposed a one-year postseason ban.
Arizona AD Dave Heeke told Jeff Goodman about the firing of Sean Miller:” We just concluded it was time for a fresh start. It was time to make a change.” Arizona will pay $1.5 million to Miller next season.
A couple names to look at for potentially becoming the next Arizona Head Coach include: Pacific’s Damon Stoudamire, Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner and Wildcats’ National Champion Miles Simon. Tommy Lloyd and Mark Pope could be other options for the job.
The Wildcats have a good roster going into next season, should everyone return for another season. If the Wildcats can avoid an NCAA Tournament ban, they could contend and win the PAC 12 title next season.