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Report: Xavier's Sean Miller Not Sanctioned in NCAA's Arizona Ruling

Adam WellsDecember 14, 2022

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 03: Xavier Musketeers head coach Sean Miller watches a play during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Xavier Musketeers on December 3, 2022, at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH.  (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Xavier head coach Sean Miller won't face any sanctions from the NCAA's investigation into alleged recruiting violations during his time at the University of Arizona.

Per Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Miller will not be subject to NCAA discipline based on the Independent Accountability Resolution Process' ruling.

Goodman did note that Book Richardson received a 10-year show-cause penalty and Mark Phelps received a two-year show-cause penalty. Both men were assistant coaches on Miller's staff with the Wildcats.

A majority of the penalties received by the University of Arizona were self-imposed, including its one-year postseason ban during the 2020-21 season, loss of one scholarship for the 2023-24 academic year and a $5,000 fine plus one percent of the average men's basketball budget based on the average of the previous three budgets.

Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

Just in: Here are all of Arizona's penalties, per the IARP. <br><br>All told: minimal punishment. <br><br>Every school that has gone the IARP route has gotten off lightly. It's proven to be the wise strategy. Remember, Arizona also previously had a self-imposed postseason ban. <a href="https://t.co/CzNFGpDVY7">pic.twitter.com/CzNFGpDVY7</a>

The only new discipline imposed by the IARP was a seven-week recruiting communication ban for the 2022-23 academic year.

Richardson was sentenced to three months in prison and two years of supervised probation in June 2019 after pleading guilty to a bribery charge.

Former assistants Tony Bland (USC) and Lamont Evans (Oklahoma State) also reached plea deals with federal prosecutors. All three men accepted bribes to steer players toward agents and financial advisors.

Former Adidas executives James Gatto, Merl Code and business manager Christian Dawkins also received prison sentences on wire fraud charges.

Miller was initially expected to testify during the trial, but United States District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled in April 2019 the question of whether or not Miller paid his players was "irrelevant" to the case involving Richardson.

The University of Arizona fired Miller in April 2021, with athletic director Dave Heeke saying in a statement they were "evaluating the overall position of the program, and that includes on-court and off-court elements."

After sitting out the 2021-22 season, Miller was hired at Xavier in March. He returned to the school after previously serving as head coach for the Musketeers from 2004 to 2009.