Following a bombshell report from ESPN on Friday night alleging that Arizona coach Sean Miller was caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to lure a five-star recruit to commit to the school, it would come as no surprise to anyone if the university is exploring how to part ways with Miller. But doing so -- and especially doing so for cause -- might be more costly than it might expect. According to ESPN, Miller's current contract says that if he is fired for cause, he would be owed more by the university than if the university parted ways with him for no reason at all. Below is what Miller's contract -- obtained by Rush the Court -- says in the, "Respective Obligations of the Parties in the Event of Termination with Cause" section. In the event of a termination under this Section, the University's sole obligation to Coach shall be payment of his Base Salary as provided in Section III (and where applicable, any accrued Additional Compensation earned under Section IV prior to the date of such termination). The University shall not be liable to Coach for any lost collateral business opportunities or other benefits associated with Coach's position, including but not limited to opportunities provided pursuant to Section VII and IX. If Coach or the University is found to be in violation of NCAA or Conference regulations as a result of any act or omission of Coach while employed at University, Coach shall be subject to investigative, disciplinary, or corrective action as set forth in NCAA and/or Conference enforcement procedures. Prior to the initiation and/or completion of any NCAA or Conference investigation, the University reserves the right to conduct its own investigation and make its own reasonable determination, within its sole discretion, of whether a material or repetitive violation(s) of NCAA or Conference regulations occured, and to take action to suspend or terminate Coach based on that investigation and conclusion. Prior to suspension or termination, the University shall provide Coach with written notice and a reasonable opportunity to defend as set forth in Section XV(B) above. Another section in the contract titled, "Termination by University Without Cause; Liquidated Damages" gives more substantive evidence proving Arizona might be on the hook for more than if it were to part ways without cause.
Quirk in Sean Miller's contract gets him more from Arizona if he's fired for cause
CBS Sports | Feb 24