Even if you’ve been living under a rock, surely you’ve heard by now – Sean Miller’s sophomore-laden Arizona Wildcats delivered an epic, vicious beating to senior-led, defending national champion Duke last night. Any chance of an “under the radar” courtship, or U of A passing on a bidding war for Miller’s services – completely out the window. Once again, big thanks to Lee Fowler for determining in his infinite wisdom that Sean Miller wasn’t ready five years ago, but Sidney Lowe somehow was.
Yet I woke up this morning with an unequivocal frame of mind – so f-ing what. DY has no fear heading into this hire. Neither should we. Let’s compete with Arizona on an even playing field, with their leadership as “all in” on Miller as Wolfpack Nation.
Sean Miller can have pretty much any job he wants now. We know that he believes NC State offers everything one needs to build a championship basketball program. Instead of hoping for him to stumble, let’s be confident of how attractive and special a place NC State is. That Miller will choose NC State as an ideal place to win his second national championship. That he wants the spotlight on him 10+ times a year, rather than 2 or 3. I watched a ton of non-ACC basketball this year. How many times were Pac Ten games featured? How far down the channel list would I have to scroll just to find out Miller’s Wildcats were playing (likely at 11:30 EST)?
If Sean Miller comes to NC State, he brings instant credibility to battling the blues. You can bet your ass that his matchups won’t be Raycom regional splits. And when Roy and K retire in the next 7-10 years, who will be better positioned to be the top dog in college basketball? Hell, maybe the Andy Katzes of the world will be left navel-gazing about the “challenge” of bringing in a new blue coach to work in the shadow of Sean Miller and NC State.
That’s what we have to offer, Sean. We hope to see you back in Raleigh soon. Thanks for your consideration, now get back to kicking some ass on the hardwood.