Xavier hires Sean Miller: Ex-Musketeers coach returning for second stint leading men’s basketball program

Sources confirmed to CBS Sports on Saturday that Sean Miller is back at Xavier to be the men’s basketball coach once again. Sources said the two sides quickly clashed after Travis Steele’s expulsion on Tuesday. Miller was Xavier’s best choice from the start, but school officials had to go through a lot of diligence internally and with the NCAA to ensure Miller could be safely hired due to an unresolved IARP case going back to him. Time with Arizona. (Arizona fired the Miller in April of 2021.)

An official announcement of recruitment is expected soon.

As Xavier’s courtship fell apart in recent days, South Carolina pursued Miller hard as well. Sources said Gamecocks sporting director Ray Tanner tried to get Miller to sign by Saturday, which has been a big boost over the past 48 hours.

In the end, Xavier was always Miller’s best choice. Sources said Miller’s deep knowledge of Xavier vs. When Miller coached at Xavier, he was in the Atlantic 10. Now he’s in the Big East, and training in that league holds great appeal for Miller.

Although the day is significant for Xavier, the truth is that Miller could still have NCAA sanctions coming his way. He was charged with a Level 1 violation of coaches’ surveillance since his time in Arizona, an offense linked to former assistant Bock Richardson who was charged – and eventually pleaded guilty – with bribery and fraud in the FBI’s infamous college basketball scandal. The University of Arizona has been evaluated with nine allegations of school misconduct by the NCAA, five of which are Level 1 — although only one of those is directly related to Miller.

Industry sources previously told CBS Sports that a decision on the issue is expected from the NCAA and IARP in the fall. Miller is expected to stop the suspension next season, but it’s unclear how long that suspension will take.

Regardless of the punishment, Miller’s return to Cincinnati will bring cheers across the region. Xavier thrived — as has many of his former coaches — under Miller from 2004-2009, making the NCAA Championship four times, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2008 and a Sweet 16 in 2009. Miller went 120-47 with the Musketeers. He’s won 73% of his games as a head coach, and has a career record 422-156 in 17 seasons with three Elite Eight runs (one at Xavier, two at Arizona).

Stadium He was the first to report Miller’s return to Xavier.

Reply