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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.
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Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Not that it matters but I actually just graduated from law school there and got out. I didn't hate there or anything but really there isn't much comparison between the two places.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Sean Miller leaving Arizona for Maryland is a freaking joke.  He's got this program headed right back to where it belongs, and some third -rate ACC school won't be nearly enough for him to even take a phone call from the AD at Maryland.
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? 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Sean Miller leaving Arizona for Maryland is a freaking joke.  He's got this program headed right back to where it belongs, and some third -rate ACC school won't be nearly enough for him to even take a phone call from the AD at Maryland.




Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Why would Miller leave AZ?  No offense to Maryland, which has a rich BB tradition in its own right, but I would say that AZ's is equal, if not better.    Also, Maryland is way down in a tough league, whereas AZ looks to be king of the Pac-12 in coming years.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

The only "hole" around here is you, you a-hole.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

so why are you there?  can't land a job elsewhere?  Or are you stuck on DMAFB?  that side of town is fantastic, and I see why you have that view.



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Having lived in Tucson, AZ for the past three years. The question isn't why would Miller want to come to Maryland? The real question should be why would he ever want to stay in Tucson? That place is a "hole" and is one of the ugliest places in America and continues to trend downward when it comes to crime, education, and the economy.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

I think Jamie Dixon probably learned a lesson by watching Ben Howland go to UCLA and start to have trouble. Pittsburgh is a team on the rise, and getting better recruits every year. They have a recently-built modern facility in the Peterson Events Center.  They are also slowly gaining a reputation for developing minimally-recruited players, some of whom get solid minutes in the NBA (like Sam Young, Aaron Gray, and Dejuan Blair).

I am a Pitt fan, so it would obviously be terrible to see Dixon leave, but I also think it would make a bad career move. Maryland is a big step down and would take a lot of work to get to where he is now, if indeed it can even happen.  Why mess with a good thing and end up like Howlnad, who will probably be looking for a job soon. Even UCLA's amazing reputation and recruiting can't save him. 




Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

do you think the Left-hander would come back too?  wouldn't that be great?



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Brian Wardle would be my candidate, I know he just signed with Wisc Green Bay - but he is young energetic and a good recruiter...  Hey it's not bad to dream and hope....



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