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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: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Hey Terps . . . keep your claws off of Miller!!



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

HornsStampede, you're wrong on all four points, at least compared with Arizona.

1.  Arizona has strong recruiting ties to more than just Tucson.  They also recruit Phoenix and Los Angeles, heavily.

2.  MD may have a new arena, but McKale has been renovated and UA has a brand new, state-of-the-art practice facility and gym that are as nice as any in the country.

3.  There is no competition for UA basketball coming from the football team.  Tucson is a basketball town, period.  They are also kings of the conference.  The only school on the West Coast that can truly compete with UA is UCLA.  Maryland will be out-recruited by Duke, North Carolina, and half of the Big East schools.

4.  UA can match dollars with Maryland any time.

Sean Miller has a top 10 recruiting class coming in, and just signed an extension.  Ask NC State how it went when they tried to hire Miller, and he even coached there in the past.  Bottom line, Sean Miller is not going anywhere.

And don't forgot about the warm weather in Tucson and the power of th UA butt shorts that come with it!



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:58 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

The only reason this team hasnt done much is Gary wanted 4 year players.  If you dont bring in one or two 4 or 5 star players every year , your program is never going to be what it should.

You are wrong

Sincerely,
- Jamie Dixon


PS - I'm not going to Maryland



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:56 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

why would you have a hard time thinking one of these coaches would take the maryland job.  Its a great job, all are at great programs, but maryland is not a step down from any of them.  The only reason this team hasnt done much is Gary wanted 4 year players, and you have to be really lucky to have a group like 2002 fall in place.  If you dont bring in one or two 4 or 5 star players every year , your program is never going to be what it should.  All these coaches recruit that area, id bet there are more players in div 1 basketball from dc/md then anywhere else in the country,maybe besides california. 



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:53 am
 

Why doesn't Maryland ask Mike Krzyzewski too?

specifically Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Arizona's Sean Miller and Villanova's Jay Wright

That's just stupid.  Maryland would be a step down for all three of those coaches.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:52 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Maryland is a far superior job to any of those options.

Gary Williams faltered down the stretch because he lacked the energy and drive to utilize Maryland's advantages.
Gary Williams could easily have built an empire simply on the talent in his backyard (DC 7 miles away, Baltimore 25 miles)

1. Md is right in the middle of TWO major basketball obsessed cities running over with talent.  Baltimore/DC are far richer basketball cites than Tucson, Pittsburgh, and South Bend combined 10 times over.  They produce superstars that go to other schools.

2. MD has a brand new state of the art basketball arena on campus that is arguably one of the best in the country.

3. Maryland is a basketball school in a basketball obsessed conference.   There is zero competition from the football teams that Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and even Arizona face.

4. And Maryland pays more money as well.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:47 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Gary williams leaving just at the right time,  Maryland is such a great job, any of the names thrown around will clean up recruiting in that area.  every time id read a roster of some big east team or big twelve team and see 4 names from maryland id cringe.  Gary was great, brought us a championship, but it was time to move on, now with one of these names, this program will not be missing many tournaments.   Maryland with the location, the conference and the talent in the area should be a top ten recruiting team every single year, and with one of these hungry coaches with gas in the tank,  it wont be long before the terps are back in the title picture.




Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:35 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

I have a hard time seeing Miller or Dixon or Brey going to Maryland.  But, I guess if there's a lot of money involved.



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:24 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Not a step down becuz the Pac-12 is so weak year after year except for Zona and UCLA... Miller's buyout is only 500,000... east to make that happen...question is does he want to come back East and put his family in some good schools in Montgomery County... not sure if he'll leave, but it is no lock like you're saying...school is in the middle of nowhereville, USA - 



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:18 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

ANTHONY GRANT!!! Go get him from that FOOTBALL school, Alabama. Gotta think he would love the opportunity to coach in a BASKETBALL conference at a school in the middle of basketball recruiting Mecca, UM. Paved the way for Shaka at VCU and is now kicking butt with the big boys at 'Bama. Assistant to Billy Donovan at UF where he was largely respnsible for bringing in 4 and 5 star talent to the football-centric SEC. Great recruiter with an unblemished record and a stalwart reputation. CLASS and STYLE with SUBSTANCE.  GET this man immediately, Maryland. FEAR THE TURTLE!!!


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