Sean Miller appears to have survived the turmoil brought about by an ESPN report, which alleged that he was caught on an FBI wire discussing a $100,000 payment to center Deandre Ayton. In the aftermath, the golden parachute hidden in his contract, which would have guaranteed him $10.3 million if he was fired with cause, came under scrutiny. This week it was amended and approved by the Board of Regents.
Per the Arizona Republic, if Miller is charged with a crime or is caught committing a major violation, he would face a $1 million penalty. However, the amendments still mean that Miller would walk away with a lucrative golden goose egg if he’s fired. Miller is under contract until 2022.
Both Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke and President Robert C. Robbins supported Miller while acknowledging the recent allegations hanging over their program.
“We felt this is a very positive step going forward as we deal with, quite frankly, a world of speculation, a world of rush to judgement attitude,” he said.
UA President Robert C. Robbins said he appreciates Miller stepping up and putting some “skin” into the ever-changing, fast-paced world of accusations.
“We obviously supported Coach Miller through a very difficult time,” he said. “And we look forward to him having great success and being our coach for a very long time.”
There’s also a clawback provision in Miller’s contract which would allow the university to recoup any bonuses up to $300,000 for major NCAA violations. It gives the Wildcats some protection if Miller does get caught up in the FBI’s dragnet or earns any NCAA sanctions.
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