Despite being a head coach for seven years fewer than his older brother, Archie Miller is set to make substantially more than Sean Miller at his new gig with the Indiana Hoosiers.
According to the Indy Star, Archie’s contract at IU, which runs through March 2024, is worth up to $24 million and will pay him an average of $3.35 million per year and could pass the $4 million mark after incentives.
Sean’s contract at Arizona, which was extended in February, currently pays him about $2.6 million and is set to increase to at least $2.9 million by 2020.
The discrepancy makes sense when you consider that Indiana’s athletic department hauled in approximately $95 million in revenue in 2016, while Arizona reeled in $81 million, hence giving the Hoosiers more capital to spend on their coaches.
In total, Archie is the eighth-highest paid coach in college basketball among those that reached the NCAA Tournament last year, per USA Today.
While Sean is the highest paid public employee in the state of Arizona, it’s clear that he could make more money elsewhere, which is why some fear he could leave Tucson eventually.
However, Sean was not interested in the Ohio State job this offseason, and its new coach, Chris Holtmann, makes more than Sean now too, so money evidently isn’t his No. 1 priority.
New Arizona president Robert C. Robbins also said OSU would have to get Sean over “his dead body,” so the UA head coach shouldn’t have too much trouble getting raises in the future.
Still, it must feel odd that Archie — who was an assistant coach under Sean at Arizona for a few years before leaving for Dayton — is now the higher paid coach.
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