They certainly can't afford to fire him without financial implications that go beyond the basketball team.
Firing him and buying him out may mean they have to fold other non-revenue sports. If you don't actually care about the university overall but are just a sports fan of the basketball and football teams (and maybe lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, etc) then maybe that's a trade off you're comfortable making and there isn't anything wrong with that opinion.
The financial implications may even go beyond the athletic department now that the University is paying Durkin and his staff and likely tons of lawyers and eventually lawsuits or settlements.
No, they wouldn't.
I realize I'm in the minority, possibly even wrong, thinking that major schools athletic departments have money to blow, but don't release those numbers because then it means that they have zero legs to stand on in a "should student athletes get paid" argument. They release to the gov't and the public what they want them to see.
I just don't trust big business, or government no matter the size or affiliation, and big time schools fall under the umbrella of both. I've seen Baltimore City cry poor when they were closing firehouses and furloughing us. But then something they want comes along like the grand prix and they find $10M under the couch cushions. I've seen colleges charge you $180 for 500 pages that are three hole punched, that you have to put in a binder, and call it a textbook. One that you can sell back. It's a scam.
I'll stop pressing.