Sean Miller, head coach at Arizona for the last 12 seasons, has been fired. Miller went 302-109 overall and went to seven NCAA Tournaments, but the Wildcats are 55-35 over the last three years and have missed multiple postseasons in a row.
“We appreciate Sean’s commitment to our basketball program and to the university,” AD 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 was charged by the NCAA for a failure to monitor his program four years ago and the school repeatedly stood by him. However, his contract is up after next season and the after a few years with no NCAA Tournaments it seems the sentiment has changed.
“We have a storied men’s basketball program with unbelievable fan support, facilities and resources,” Heeke continued. “While we will not put a timeline on our search, we will move as expeditiously as possible and will include a broad array of candidates, identifying coaches who exhibit integrity, competitiveness and a genuine care for the student-athletes. I am confident that we will have a diverse pool and find the right fit for Arizona men’s basketball.”
Jack Murphy, who left a head coaching role at Northern Arizona two years ago to join the U of A staff, will serve as interim head coach in the meantime. For an idea of who might be the next head coach at Arizona, check our list of potential candidates here.
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