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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

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, 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.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:10 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

If Miller or Dixon accept the MD job, then money talks.  At this point, AZ and Pitt are at least equivalent, if not better programs.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:10 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

I agree.  Anderson will look to find someone that is a Terp at heart, before he would look at a re-tread or a "leading candidate" from another conference.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:02 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Don't be so sure. You will be!

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:48 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Miller won't happen.  Not only is it a step down, but he has already built Zona back up to where Lute had them...maybe even better with the talent he has coming in.  We will continue to see his name surface when head coaching jobs open, but he is not going anywhere. 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:17 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

How is the news of Williams retirement impacting the solid recruiting class he had coming next year?  It's the first time he has recruited well since He drew Steve Francis from JUCO, if it goes to waste it will set the program back again

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