TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - UPDATE: The Arizona Board of Regents voted on Friday, April 6, to alter the contract for University of Arizona head basketball coach Sean Miller, according to multiple reports.
The University of Arizona may have said it's standing behind Sean Miller, but the school also wants to alter the embattled coach's contract.
According to a document on ABOR's website, the school asked the board to approve two new stipulations to Miller's deal.
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Under the first amendment, Miller would have to forfeit $1 million in compensation if he's found to have violated an NCAA Level 1 violation or if he is charged with any crime related to his position.
According to the NCAA, a Level 1 violation can include the following:
- Lack of institutional control.
- Academic fraud.
- Failure to cooperate in an NCAA investigation.
- Individual unethical or dishonest conduct.
- Head coach responsibility violation by a head coach resulting from an underlying Level I violation by an individual within the sport program
The second stipulation deals with Miller's obligations and responsibilities under Title IX, including reporting requirements, cooperation with investigations, and participation in Title IX training.
Under the contract to be altered, Miller is making $2.6 million per year and is under contract until 2022. He could still make millions, even if the school were to fire him. Sources like Forbes and CBS Sports have said UA could be on the hook for $5-10 million, depending on the reasons for the termination.
Miller came under fire in late February when ESPN reported the FBI had a recording of Miller talking about paying Deandre Ayton before he signed with the Wildcats.
The story by ESPN's Mark Schlabach claims the FBI intercepted Miller's phone conversation with sports agent Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the federal agency's investigation into a national bribery scandal.
Miller's former assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson was fired in January, two months after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the investigation.
Schlabach's report said Miller told Dawkins that he should deal directly with him (Miller), instead of assistant coach Richardson when it came to finalizing the agreement.
Miller vehemently denied the allegations.
"Let me be very, very clear, I have never discussed with Christian Dawkins about the payment of Deandre Ayton and did not even speak to Dawkins until after the recruitment process," Miller said.
University of Arizona President Robert Robbins and ABOR later announced Miller would remain as head coach.
The University of Arizona released the following statement on Thursday:
ABOR released the following statement:
ESPN eventually issued two corrections to the story regarding the date of the phone call, casting doubt about its veracity in many people's eyes.
The Wildcats have already experienced at least one negative impact from the story - the loss of one of the top recruits in the 2018 recruiting class in Shareef O'Neal.
O'Neal, the son of legendary NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, went to Twitter to announce his decision to open up his recruitment.