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Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 3:02 pm
Sean Miller is expected to meet with Maryland officials later today and, formally or informally, be offered the opportunity to succeed Gary Williams as the Terrapins' basketball coach, a source has told The source added that any report suggesting Miller has already accepted the Maryland job is "premature."

Miller just finished his second season at Arizona by winning the Pac-10 and taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He's losing Derrick Williams from that roster but would still have a team talented enough to be ranked in the preseason Top 25 if he stayed at Arizona. Still, the Maryland job is too good to ignore -- especially for a Pittsburgh native and former ACC assistant whose family reportedly wouldn't mind returning East. So that's why Miller agreed to meet with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, and it's why most believe he's leaning toward accepting the job before the end of the weekend barring an unexpected development. In that case, Arizona would be looking for its fifth coach in sixth years and the usual candidates -- among them Memphis' Josh Pastner, an Arizona graduate -- would probably at least be approached in some form.

Williams retired from Maryland after 22 seasons last Thursday.
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Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:00 am

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

And why is it impossible to 'fix' the program?  More championships and Final Four's this decade than you guys.  I'm ok with hearing true blue blood (UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, UNC) schools talk down about Maryland's bball, but we're basically going through the same thing you guys went through when Lute stepped down.  In the end, between the Terps and 'Cats both schools fall short on the one measurement that counts, National Championships.  And dont break up the Final Four's (AZ 4, Md 2) because who cares who finishes second, third or fourth, unless you are a mid major. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:45 am

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

It's being posted on that Sean Miller did turned down the Maryland job. It looks like Miller just wanted to sweeten his deal here at Arizona and it looks like he just did that. Really it would have been a very bad choose if Miller want to lowly Maryland were it would be impossible to fix that poor program then leaving one of the best programs in the nation in UA.

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:28 am

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

As a Maryland fan, I wanted to go out of my way to say that's very classy of you. He's restored Arizona's prestige, and if it becomes vacant, that position should attract some of the top head coaching prospects in the country. Regardless of what happens, best to you and the Wildcats. 

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:15 pm

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

It would be nice for Miller to stay here in Arizona, but that is the life of college basketball.  He has started something great and promising at our University, but there is no way Jim Click and the other athletic donors are going to be able to match Maryland's offer.  I hope he stays because he turned our basketball program around so well, but we wish him nothing but success if he leaves.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:12 pm

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

I am hearing about Bruce Pearl.

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:05 pm

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

Forget what all the young kids under 30 say, this would be a great hire.  Take it form a UMD alum, class of '89.  The kids get al;l caught up in surface level nonsense like rumors, who said what when.  teh issue here is Miller is an up and coming energetic coach who has won at the D-1 level and can recruit.  maybe he does what we need most at MD - keeping local talent local.  And to the youngster below who said UNC and Duke are the ACC- how old are you?  All the years I watched the ACC tournament growing up, Duke was a non-issue excpet for one year - '78 with Gminski and Spanarkel.   It was UNC, Maryland, and State.  And UVa with Sampson, Lamp, etc.  Duke will be irrlevant again once K leaves, and even during the K era, Maryland still won ACC titles and a national title.That speaks volumes.  Great job Gary, we will miss you.  Hire Miller.

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:04 pm

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

Gary got old and lazy and tried?  Maybe you shouid learn what it takes for kids to get into Maryland! This is not a dirty all are welcome school like OSU and Cincy. They also take go after 1 and done players. Maybe you should learn a little about a school before you talk bad about a GREAT coach.

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 10:43 pm

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

Miller to Maryland

Patner to Arizona
Pearl to Memphis

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 9:52 pm

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

the ONLY JOB MILLER is leaving Arizona for is PITT. The only way the PITT job opens up is if Sendek is fired at ASU. Then maybe DIXON listens to ASU and goes home and MILLER leaves and goes to PITT. But MILLER is NOT making this move NOW.
IF NEXT YEAR, CALHOUN RETIRES from UCONN or Jay Wright at NOVA leaves for the NBA...sorry ARIZONA. MILLER IS GONE.
PITT, UCONN, NOVA the only teams in the East he leaves Arizona for.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 8:20 pm

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

Miller did meet with Anderson today, and he was offered the job. He told Anderson he would think about it and let him know in a few days. Reportedly the only hold up is if his recruits would honor their letters of intent to AZ. If he talks to them and they agree to go there anyway, he will bolt. He doesn't want to leave AZ high and dry by causing their recruiits to leave. Otherwise he is heading to MD and the ACC. In other words, the big time. It could be leverage as he was negotiating an extension there after a great year, but report is he seemed genuinly interested in coming back to the east coast and the ACC.

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