Tag:Sean Miller
Posted on: May 3, 2009 3:33 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2009 3:34 pm
 

Miller lures former Xavier recruit to Arizona


Further proof that prospects are almost always more committed to a staff than a school came Sunday when former Xavier signee Kevin Parrom committed to Arizona, i.e., the new home of former Xavier coach Sean Miller.

Parrom (ranked 88th in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com) is the third top 100 prospect Miller has lured to Arizona in the past four weeks, joining Kyryl Natyzhko (ranked 48th by Scout.com) and Solomon Hill (ranked 58th by Scout.com). He's a 6-foot-6 forward from New York, one who should help Miller's transition to the Pac-10 be smoother than expected, his rebuilding job as Lute Olson's successor be quicker than most anticipated.

The development means 96 of Scout.com's top 100 prospects from the Class of 2009 are now off the board.

The four remaining uncommitted players listed are No. 2 John Wall, No. 8 Lance Stephenson, No. 37 Eric Bledsoe and No. 69 Deshawn Painter. Also available is Latavious Williams, a fifth-year player who is ranked as the nation's 17th-best prospect by Rivals.com. Williams will reportedly choose Monday between Georgetown and Memphis.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 6, 2009 1:25 pm
 

Arizona comes back at Miller, gets him this time

DETROIT -- Barring another last-minute change of plans, Sean Miller will be introduced as Arizona's next basketball coach despite the fact that he turned down the job late Sunday, a source has told CBSSports.com.

According to a source, Miller scheduled a Monday afternoon meeting with his staff, at which point he is expected to finalize the decision. The source said Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood called Miller early Monday after having been rejected and "significantly changed" the offer, which was initially around $2 million per year for seven seasons. At that point, the source said, Miller got better assurances on the number of "buy" games he would be allowed to schedule, as well as some enhanced promises about the way the team and coaches would travel. Thus, Miller's career at Xavier now seems set to end after five seasons, four of which resulted in NCAA tournament appearances.

A statement is expected later Monday.

A news conference could come as early as Tuesday

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 5, 2009 11:42 pm
 

Sources: Miller rejects Arizona to stay at Xavier

DETROIT -- Sean Miller, after meeting with his family and staff late Sunday, decided to reject an offer from Arizona and remain at Xavier, sources have told CBSSports.com.

A statement is expected early Monday.

Miller flew on a private plane to Albuquerque, N.M., then drove to Sante Fe, N.M., early Sunday to meet with Arizona president Robert Shelton, athletic director Jim Livengood and a high-powered booster named Paul Weitman. The meeting lasted roughly four hours, and when Miller returned to Cincinnati he was described by a source as about "50-50" in terms of staying at Xavier or leaving for the Pac-10.

Late Sunday, that changed.

So now Miller will return for a sixth season at Xavier.

Sources said Arizona will next target Utah coach Jim Boylen.

Officials working on behalf of Arizona have already initiated contact, according to sources.

Arizona has now been publicly rejected in its search to replace Lute Olson by Miller and USC's Tim Floyd. Some other candidates the school has informally pursued to varying degrees are Mark Few (Gonzaga), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), John Calipari (Kentucky), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) and Tom Izzo (Michigan State).

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 5, 2009 11:16 pm
 

Miller back home, described as "50-50"

DETROIT -- Xavier's Sean Miller was back home in Cincinnati late Sunday, meeting with his family and staff and debating whether to accept an offer to become Arizona's next basketball coach, sources told CBSSports.com.

According to a source, Miller flew on a private plane to Albuquerque, N.M., then drove to Sante Fe, N.M., to meet with Arizona president Robert Shelton, athletic director Jim Livengood and a high-powered booster named Paul Weitman. The meeting lasted roughly four hours, and a source described Miller as about "50-50" in terms of staying at Xavier or leaving for the Pac-10.

No deadline for an answer was given to Miller, a source said.

But Arizona would like an answer by Monday, it seems.

Miller has been at Xavier five seasons.

He's made four NCAA tournaments, including one Elite Eight.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 5, 2009 11:28 am
Edited on: April 5, 2009 11:32 am
 

Miller to meet with Arizona on Sunday

DETROIT -- Xavier's Sean Miller boarded a private plane sent by Arizona officials early Sunday and flew to Albuquerque, N.M., to meet with athletic director Jim Livengood about coaching the Wildcats, sources have told CBSSports.com.

Whether Arizona asked Xavier for permission to speak with Miller is unclear, and also moot. Requesting permission to speak with another schools' coach is mostly a courtesy in this business, almost never a necessity. To wit, sources have told CBSSports.com that people working on behalf of Arizona have contacted various high-major coaches all season in informal ways, in some cases as early as November.

According to sources, Miller has been told he could receive a package at Arizona worth more than $15 million spread over seven years. Still, there is no guarantee he'll take the job, the sources said, because he's comfortable at Xavier and positioned to have a team that should win another Atlantic 10 title next season.

Miller has been at Xavier five seasons.

He's made four NCAA tournaments, including one Elite Eight.

Arizona has already been publicly rejected in its search to replace Lute Olson by USC's Tim Floyd. Some other candidates the school has informally pursued to varying degrees are Mark Few (Gonzaga), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), John Calipari (Kentucky), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) and Tom Izzo (Michigan State).

(Here's a link to the plane Miller boarded, according to a source close to the Arizona program.)

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 3, 2009 3:20 pm
 

Arizona reaching out to Xavier's Miller

DETROIT -- Arizona has initiated conversations with Sean Miller in an attempt to see whether the rising star at Xavier will entertain an offer that could be worth more than $13 million spread over six years, a source close to the Arizona program told CBSSports.com on Friday.

Multiple sources said it's unclear whether Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood has spoken directly with Miller, but the sources added that Miller has had preliminary discussions with a third-party representative working on behalf of Arizona, and that he's willing to consider a move to the Pac-10 more so than he's considered different opportunities in the past. In other words, Miller was never seriously interested in Virginia or Georgia, and he's not interested in replacing John Calipari at Memphis. But Arizona is the type of elite job that has his attention, though there are no guarantees Miller would automatically leave Xavier given that he clearly has the best job in the Atlantic 10.

Miller has been at Xavier five seasons.

He's made four NCAA tournaments, including one Elite Eight.

Arizona has already been publicly rejected by USC's Tim Floyd. Other candidates the school has informally pursued to various degrees are Mark Few (Gonzaga), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), John Calipari (Memphis), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) and Tom Izzo (Michigan State).

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 16, 2009 2:55 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2009 3:50 pm
 

Leitao out at Virginia

NEW YORK -- Virginia fired Dave Leitao on Monday, opening the door for the school to possibly make a run at Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel, sources told CBSSports.com.

On the surface, some might question why Capel would leave what he's established at Oklahoma. But the former Duke player has ACC roots and this would get him back to that part of the country. Also, Capel -- who has OU as a No. 2 seed in this NCAA tournament behind All-American Blake Griffin -- began his head coaching career at Virginia Commonwealth, meaning he obviously knows the area and already has recruiting ties in the region.

Leitao made the NCAA tournament just once in four seasons at Virginia.

The Cavaliers finished 11th in the ACC this season.

Another possible candidate beyond Capel should be Xavier's Sean Miller.

Miller has the Musketeers in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.

Another possible candidate beyond Capel should be Xavier's Sean Miller. Miller has the Musketeers in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.

Posted on: September 30, 2008 12:51 pm
 

Clinic to benefit former Messiah College coach

A group of coaches -- including Pitt's Jamie Dixon and Xavier's Sean Miller -- will host a coaching clinic Oct. 16 at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. It's a rare midweek clinic on the Thursday night before colleges start practice, and all proceeds from the event will go towards the Dave Manzer Heart Fund.

Who is Dave Manzer?

He's the former head coach at Messiah College who is in a Milwaukee hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Meantime, his wife Kathy and three children -- Andrea (20), Erica (16), and Aaron (6) -- are left without a husband and father healthy enough to earn a living, meaning though times are tough for much of the country it's probably fair to assume most of our problems pale in comparison to the ones with which the Manzer family is dealing.

The cost of the event is $20.

For more information email Scott Lang at scott.lang@laroche.edu.

But here are the basics ...

What: Coaches Clinic to benefit the Dave Manzer Heart Fund

When: October 16

Where: La Roche College in Pittsburgh

                                         -- Agenda --

  • Former Memphis assistant Ed Schilling (5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.)
  • Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon (5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • Xavier head coach Sean Miller (7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.)
  • Baylor assistant Matthew Driscoll (8:15 - close)
 
 
 
 
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