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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
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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: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

why would dixon go from pitt to maryland....that is a step back....same for wright and miller for that fact....pitt, nova and arizona are all better programs than maryland.....unless thet double their salaries why go to maryland?



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:08 pm
 

towels

gary williams is very sweaty.... 



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

It is all who Kevin Plank wants.....

Call UA ask for Plank and see who he wants, he has the final say, since he strokes that big check to the U of M.....

Wait for Plank's decision to come in the next week...

LOL



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Memo to HornDoctor:
Your school is in the middle of nowhere;
Sean's buyout is only 500,000;  UA has to have Board of Regents approve any further extensions/pay increase - Sean will be gone by then
You play in a weak conference - the big boys are due East...
School system in montgomery Cty way better than out in Nowhereville, USA
If Sean were looking at buttshorts all day, he'd be Larry Eustachy...



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

If Dixon turned down opportunites to go back home to the west coast, what would ever make him go further east to a conference that's currently third best behind the conference he's in now, the Big East, and the big ten?




Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Shaka Smart......your kidding right.

Maryland has the ability to compete with the Dukies and the Heels.  Gary ran out of energy and in the ACC, that won't cut it.
I'd love to see Brey.  Dixon and Wright can't get it done.



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Stealing from the Big East? Yeah,...the Big East goes back to what, the early '80's? 1979, is when the Big East was founded. Get some pedigree before you cry about someone stealing from you, planters(peanut)22.



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Hey zonafan,  did you UA boys keep your hands off Brian Williams after he played his Freshman year at Maryland? Uh,...no. All's fair. FEAR THE TURTLE!!!



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

How is Maryland a step down from Villanova?  Maryland has better facilities, a larger school, and has BCS money.  Villanova's basketball program could be in limbo depending on what the Big East does w/ its football conference.  There is talk that the Big East is considering withdrawing their offer to Villanova to join as a football member.  Where does that leave Nova if that conference gets swallowed up in the next 5 to 10 years when the next round of expansion occurs?  Maryland is a much more stable program.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

when is the acc gonna stop stealing from the big east?? enough


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