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Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:51 am
Edited on: May 6, 2011 8:59 am
 
Maryland's search for Gary Williams' successor is underway and figures to center on some of the men connected to most high-profile openings over the past few years -- specifically Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Arizona's Sean Miller and Villanova's Jay Wright, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is also in the mix.

Brey is a Maryland native who would almost certainly take the job if offered, according to a source. But the same source said Dixon, Miller and Wright would probably have to make it clear to Maryland officials that they're uninterested before the ACC school moved that direction. The level of interest from Dixon, Miller and Wright varies and is unclear, though all three would at least take a phone call and listen, multiple sources told CBSSports.com, considering the Maryland job is widely viewed as one of the nation's best because of tradition, support and a rich recruiting base of Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

One thing worth noting is that Dixon has an existing and strong relationship with first-year Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, who was previously the AD at Army when Dixon's sister, Maggie Dixon, was the school's women's basketball coach. She died from heart failure in April 2006 at the age of 28 just after completing her first season at Army. It should also be noted that Dixon has in recent years rejected multiple overtures to remain at Pittsburgh (most notably from Arizona, Southern California and North Carolina State), that Miller likely has a preseason top 20 team at Arizona and that Wright is a Philadelphia native who has passed on countless opportunities over the past five years. Those things could help the job fall to Brey or somebody like Minnesota's Tubby Smith or VCU's Shaka Smart.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.
Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Arizona fans shouldn't worry.  Maryland is a lateral job, at best.  Sean Miller has a great thing going in Tucson right now, and I can't imaging him moving across the country again to rebuild a program lower on the totem pole than than the one he's at now.  Besides, if he does leave, fine.  We don't need this kind of drama twice every off-season, every time a decent East Coast job is open.  Remember, Josh Pastner is just waiting for the Arizona job to open up, and he wouldn't leave UA for any job!  Pastner recruits as well as anybody in the country.  Once he gets a little more experience under his belt, he will be one of the best coaches in America - bank it.



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Maryland could have exclusive rights to the unbelievably rich Baltimore market (25 miles) and arguably top dog status in DC (7 miles away).
300 miles is a lot further than 7 miles away.
But , Maryland is a far superior job that is the subtle diffrence....
The recruiting possibilities in Baltimore/Washington boggles the mind.

With logic like that, Rutgers should be the best job in the country.


Or for that matter Seton Hall or Depaul, Temple should all be in the top 5 should be great since NYC, Chicago, and Philly have great basketball talent. I think that is all relative. Kids go to schools that give them the best chance of exposure, right now MD is not at that level, but Pitt is. This is why I cannot see Jamie leaving Pitt because he already has established recruiting lines in NY, NJ, PA, and DC/MD. Going to MD would not make any difference.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

If you must disparage someone else’s comments, please don’t use words that you cannot spell. You look more like the LOSER when you can’t even spell it correctly. The correct spellings are “loser” and “losing.” It must be a lot easier to get accepted into the University of Arizona than the University of Maryland.




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

You are crazy.  How is it a joke?  Maryland is a great place to be.  ACC is a great place to be, sure they have been in a slump, but being at Maryland you have the opportunity to coach again UNC and Duke, what team can you compete highly against in the PAC-12? 


Oh yeah, Maryland is a great place to be....if you're a looser.  And while we're at it, you can just give us back Terrell Stoglin cuz you'll be loosing him too.



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Go Figure - what ever Parrish can do to start crap with another PAC 12 Team. Doesn't surprise me that you'd throw Sean Miller in there just to screw with future recruiting at Arizona. What is this the third team you've had Sean going to since this B-Ball season is over.

Call Coach Miller Gary I'm sure he'd like to set you straight, then again why would you be a responsible journalist when you can talk crap all day long!



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Holy crap , you (or anyone for that matter) thinking Maryland is a far superior job to Arizona is just comedy.  Where do you do your stand up show?  I'd like to show up and give you the Austrailian Justin Beiber treatment.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Dinon turned down Indiana and Kentucky in addition to those the article mentions.If he turned down those schools why on earth would he go to Md.?Duke,UNC then maybe but not MD.

On top of that the ACC is yeaterdays news.UNC and Duke and the 10 dwarfts.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Maryland could have exclusive rights to the unbelievably rich Baltimore market (25 miles) and arguably top dog status in DC (7 miles away).
300 miles is a lot further than 7 miles away.
But , Maryland is a far superior job that is the subtle diffrence....
The recruiting possibilities in Baltimore/Washington boggles the mind.

With logic like that, Rutgers should be the best job in the country.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

1.  Arizona has strong recruiting ties to more than just Tucson.  They also recruit Phoenix and Los Angeles, heavily.
Phoenix has very limited basketball tradition.  There is not a ton of all time greats from the Valley of the Sun.

Basketball hotbeds are NYC, Chicago, Baltimore-Washington, and LA.  Those are the 4 rich areas.
Arizona is forced to recruit with UCLA and USC in the Los Angeles market from 300 miles away.

Maryland could have exclusive rights to the unbelievably rich Baltimore market (25 miles) and arguably top dog status in DC (7 miles away).

300 miles is a lot further than 7 miles away.

No one is saying that Maryland is a better program right now.  But , Maryland is a far superior job that is the subtle diffrence....

The recruiting possibilities in Baltimore/Washington boggles the mind.
Gary Williams was arguably the worst recruiter of 305 division one coaches.
 
Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Jeff Green, and Roy Hibbert all wanted to go to Maryland, but Gary Williams did not want to play the recruiting gamesmanship needed.

The right coach will be able to keep all these ridiculous talents in house.

That is just recruiting.....

Add in the tradition of ACC basketball,
a state of the art campus facility amongst the best in the country, 
impeccable academic reputation,
 and an open checkbook all in the shadows of a world class internation cosmpolitan city.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Arizona, because it is the premier job on the west coast. You don't have a UNC or DUKE overshadowing you in AZ. 


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