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Arizona Will Owe Sean Miller Over $10 Million, Even If It Fires Him For Cause

Sean Miller encourages his team during a game.

TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 10: Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats gestures during the first half of the college basketball game against the USC Trojans at McKale Center on February 10, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Sean Miller's contract has an interesting stipulation that is potentially going to cost Arizona a lot of money.

Late Friday night, ESPN's Mark Schlabach broke the news that the FBI, while investigating the underbelly of college basketball, had wiretapped Arizona head coach Sean Miller during his dealings with ASM Sports agent Christian Wilkins. Miller was reportedly caught on record talking about a $100,000 payment for Deandre Ayton - one of the top players in the country.

Many, in the aftermath, assume that Miller will be fired - and fired for cause. But there appears to be a bit of an issue there.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Miller will still get 85% of the money remaining on his contract - even if he's fired for cause. That's something that you almost never see.

Miller still has $12 million on his contract, meaning that if Arizona fired him today, he'd be owed about $10.3 million. It's as-if the school has to buy him out, even though they might realistically be firing him for cause. Obviously, that would set them back financially quite a bit.

Arizona has yet to comment on Miller's job status.

The Wildcats are set to travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks late Saturday night. The school is going to have to come to a decision likely by then.