With FBI and NCAA scruting surely coming, it seems like Sean Miller said goodbye to Arizona Wildcats fans on Saturday.
Sean Miller entered this season somewhat on the hot seat, with his connection to the corruption scandal in college basketball. Then his Arizona Wildcats lost to rival Arizona State on Saturday, as the Sun Devils secured their first sweep of the regular season series since 2008-09 (the season before Miller took over in Tucson).
After winning at least 20 games in eight straight seasons, and winning the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles the previous two seasons, Arizona went just 17-14 and 8-10 in-conference play this year.
Miller has won the Pac-12 regular season title five times in 10 seasons at Arizona, with five Sweet 16 appearances and three runs to the Elite Eight. But failure to reach the Final Four has drawn the ire of Wildcats’ faithful, even if Miller has been far more likely to leave for another job (ex: Pitt, his alma mater) than be fired.
After the 72-64 home loss to Arizona State Saturday afternoon, Miller addressed the crowd at McKale Center. Clearly emotional, it sounded like a goodbye.