Arizona Basketball

Bonuses beginning to add up for Arizona’s Sean Miller

Sean Miller meets with the media during the Pac-12 tournament last week.

Arizona Wildcats basketball is a big business … and business is good.

Anticipation is high as Arizona enters the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed in the West. The Wildcats (30-4) are coming off a Pac-12 tournament title as they steam ahead to try to reach the school’s first Final Four since 2001.

The season — in which coach Sean Miller has arguably done his best job, considering the adversity of multiple injuries and a 19-game suspension for guard Allonzo Trier — is certainly paying off.

Miller last month was given a raise and contract extension through 2022, by which time his compensation will reach nearly $3 million. That doesn’t include bonuses for athletic or academic performances.

So far this season, Miller has earned $190,000 in athletic performances:

* $50,000 for winning the regular-season Pac-12 championship (Arizona shared the title with Oregon).

* $50,000 for winning the Pac-12 tournament title.

* $40,000 for winning at least 25 regular-season games.

* $30,000 for being ranked in the top 10 of the final regular-season coaches or AP poll (Arizona was No. 4 in both)

* $20,000 for being selected the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

There could be more on the way.

Advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament gives Miller a $25,000 bonus. The total jumps to:

— $75,000 for getting to the Sweet 16
— $125,000 for advancing to the Elite Eight
— $300,000 for advancing to the Final Four
— $675,000 for winning the national championship

Also, Miller will earn an extra $40,000 if he is selected national Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches or the Atlanta Tipoff Club (Naismith Award).

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