Tucson, Ariz. — Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller could face a $1 million penalty if he is charged with a crime or commits a major NCAA violation, according to amendments to his contract approved by the Arizona Board of Regents.
The Arizona Daily Star reported Friday that the regents also added a provision detailing Miller’s obligations as a “responsible employee” under Title IX, which includes reporting requirements, cooperation with investigations and participation in Title IX training.
The Title IX language will also be added to all of the school’s coaching contracts, said Laura Todd Johnson, the university’s vice president for legal affairs and general counsel.
The changes comes in the wake of an ESPN story that said Miller and a sports agent discussed a $100,000 payment to Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton, and seven months after the FBI arrested assistant coach Book Richardson as part of a larger investigation of corruption in college basketball. Miller vehemently denied the report.
The penalty would come in the form of the loss of a portion of his longevity fund shares. Miller could lose all his shares if he is fired for cause. The amendment means he could be penalized even if he remains on the job.
Miller, who is under contract through the 2021-22 season, agreed to the changes, said athletic director Dave Heeke.
“Sean was supportive of the direction of putting a hard marker on the table, saying, ‘I’m willing to stand behind this,’ ” Heeke said.
Nevada gets sweet rematch
The Nevada Wolf Pack will get a rematch next season against the team that beat them in the Sweet 16.
The Reno Gazette Journal reported that Loyola-Chicago is among the eight nonconference teams Nevada already has scheduled for the 2018-19 season.
The Ramblers defeated Nevada, 69-68, enroute to the Final Four before losing to Michigan in the semifinals, 69-57.
The rematch at Loyola Nov. 28 is part of the annual Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.
Collin Sexton, Alabama’s dynamic freshman point guard, is heading to the NBA.
A projected lottery pick, Sexton led Alabama to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2012 and was the Southeastern Conference’s No. 2 scorer, averaging 19.2 points per game.
He would be Alabama’s first draft pick since Richard Hendrix was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft. The Tide hasn’t had a first-rounder since Gerald Wallace was picked by 25th overall by the Kings in 2001.
...Auburn sophomore point guard Jared Harper declared for the NBA draft but isn’t hiring an agent.
...Kansas junior guard Lagerald Vick plans to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft.
...Kentucky freshman forward Kevin Knox said he will enter the NBA draft and hire an agent.
...Texas-Arlington hired Texas Tech assistant Chris Ogden as its new basketball coach.