Missouri assistant leaving to become Auburn associate

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Missouri assistant coach Ryan Miller is leaving after just two months in Columbia.

Miller, the younger brother of Miami Heat forward Mike Miller, will become the associate head coach at Auburn.

Miller worked with Tigers head coach Tony Barbee as the video coordinator at Memphis while Barbee was an assistant under John Calipari.

Miller spent the past five seasons with Steve Alford at New Mexico. He left in May to join Frank Haith's staff, but sources told CBSSports.com that Calipari pushed hard for Miller to join Barbee down in Auburn, where he would also receive a significant pay raise.

“It was a difficult decision because I really enjoyed working at Missouri and I can't think of a better head coach to work for than Coach Haith," Miller said in a statement. "I appreciate how supportive he was of me during this process and the culture he has created here is among the best in college basketball."

“I do want to say how much I appreciated my short time in Columbia and I know why my friends and colleagues spoke so highly of Frank and Mizzou. This is such a special place to so many people and my experience with our student-athletes, the University and the city will stay with me forever.”

“I know it was a difficult decision for Ryan, but when you step back and look at the opportunities it can create for him going forward it's understandable," Haith added. "It's a great opportunity personally, professionally and financially, and to go from our third assistant to Associate Head Coach and work for a former colleague and friend, it's a major career move."

 
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