Tag:Arizona
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: April 2, 2009 6:02 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 9:23 pm
 

Floyd staying at USC; Memphis misses on Pearl

DETROIT -- Tim Floyd will remain at Southern California despite an offer from Arizona and heavy interest from Memphis, sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

It's unclear what's next for Arizona.

However, multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Memphis was interested in pursuing Bruce Pearl up until the moment the Tennessee coach agreed to an extension with UT on Thursday night. That's a moot point now, obviously. So Memphis will keep looking for John Calipari's replacement with three ideal candidates -- Mike Anderson (Missouri), Floyd (USC) and Pearl (UT) -- already off the board.

Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:35 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 5:37 pm
 

Memphis and Arizona both involved with Floyd

DETROIT -- What has prevented Southern California's Tim Floyd from taking the Arizona job all day?

Memphis.

And this coaching carousel sure is getting crazy.

Here's the latest: Floyd has been considering an offer from Arizona, but one of the reasons he's stalled -- multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday -- is because he's also being pursued by Memphis, which apparently came at Floyd with big money before it recognized that Tennessee's Bruce Pearl is a legitimate candidate. In other words, Floyd has essentially been weighing two opportunities -- Arizona and Memphis. But he'll have to pick soon because both schools are ready to move forward, one way or another.

Floyd has called a 6 p.m. ET news conference at USC.

Sources also told CBSSports.com that Memphis' next move, if necessary, will be toward Pearl. Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton informed a local newspaper that he would deny Memphis' request to speak with Pearl, but that hardly matters. Requesting permission is a courtesy, not a necessity. And considering FedEx CFO Alan Graf -- who is involved in the Memphis search -- is here in the same city as Pearl at the Final Four, Memphis and Pearl will talk if they want to talk, with our without Hamilton's permission.

Memphis could offer Pearl a package of around $3 million per year, according to sources.

Posted on: April 2, 2009 1:42 pm
 

Floyd still mulling offer from Arizona

DETROIT -- Southern California's Tim Floyd is considering an offer to become Arizona's next basketball coach, sources close to the situation have told CBSSports.com.

A formal announcement could come as early as Thursday, one source said. But both sources added that any reports of Floyd already accepting the job are "premature."

Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood settled on Floyd after being rebuffed to varying degrees by several coaches -- among them Mark Few (Gonzaga), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh) and Bruce Pearl (Tennessee).

Floyd has been at USC four seasons.

He's made three NCAA tournaments.

 
 
 
 
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