If you’ve lived in Tucson recently, chances are you’ve seen Sean Miller appear in a Hughes Federal Credit Union ad.
Whether it’s his face on a billboard, a bus stop sign, or one of those commercials that comes on during your favorite show, Miller and Arizona Wildcats basketball are a prominent marketing tool for the Arizona-based credit union.
But if you enjoy those ads, you’re going to be devastated.
Hughes Federal Credit Union has suspended its promotions with Arizona basketball after assistant coach Book Richardson was arrested by the FBI for his role in a college basketball recruiting bribery scheme.
“We’ve paused our promotions featuring Arizona basketball on our website during the investigation,” credit union spokeswoman Kellie Terhune Neely said Friday (via the Arizona Daily Star).
Hughes’ decision likely has little to do with it knowing something about Miller’s future at the UA, and much more to do with Hughes' desire to distance itself from the recent developments.
While Richardson is facing up to 60 years in prison for bribery, fraud, conspiracy, and corruption and the UA was implicitly mentioned in the FBI’s complaint, Miller himself was not implicated.
His employment status has not changed, and the Wildcats reportedly practiced Thursday with Miller there.
Arizona will be doing its own investigation into the allegations, and unless/until that yields anything, Miller is expected to remain the program’s head coach.
Miller has not made any public comments since the FBI’s findings went public Tuesday, and a scheduled visit to a local rotary club set for Oct. 4 was canceled, according to Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star.
Arizona was set to have its media day on Wednesday, Sept. 27, but that was postponed.
Even Miller’s brother, Archie, has only talked to him once “very briefly” since Tuesday.
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