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UMD won't retain Shannon Miller

In a surprising move late Monday, women's hockey powerhouse Minnesota-Duluth announced it will not retain coach Shannon Miller.

Miller has won five national titles in her 16 years at UMD and will coach the rest of this season. The school cited financial woes, with a current $4.5 million athletic department deficit.

In an interview with the Duluth News Tribune, athletic director Josh Berlo was asked whether the school had considered offering a reduced salary (Miller is earning $215,000 this season).

"Shannon has made a lot of sacrifices for UMD," Berlo said. "To ask her to take a significant pay cut, we did have discussions but I would say that we determined it was best that, we determined that the contract couldn't be extended."

Miller, also speaking with the News Tribune, said, "Obviously I would have taken a pay cut if they would have talked to me about it."

"I think there should have been conversations about budgets being cut," she added. "But let me be very clear, those conversations should be held with the women's Division I hockey team and the men's Division I hockey team. I will not shy away from that. That is a plain and simple fact."

Miller is the highest-paid women's hockey coach in Division I, although Minnesota-Duluth men's coach Scott Sandelin earns a base salary of $235,000.

Berlo wouldn't comment on whether Sandelin has been asked to take a pay cut.