Miller changes his mind and accepts Arizona job?(updated 1:25pm)

Miller changes his mind.
(4/6/2009 1:05 PM Update)

One of the ideal fits to potentially become NC State’s head basketball coach if Coach Lowe were to head back to the NBA or not get the job done next season may be off the market. It appears Sean Miller has changed his mind and may in fact accept the Arizona position over a weekend when Lee “I have a contract and I know basketball” Fowler was not attending the Final Four in Detroit.

Sean Miller accepted the job as head coach of the Arizona Wildcats on Monday, one day after turning the position down, a source close to the negotiations told Yahoo! Sports.

Miller told Arizona he would remain at Xavier late last night, then asked for a chance to sleep on the decision. After going back and forth during the morning, a source said, he informed XU athletic director Mike Bobinski of his decision at noon ET.

MILLER EXPECTED TO SPURN ARIZONA (April 6, 2009 @ 12:40am)
I am the type of person who likes to have every possible option open to him when/if a decision needs to be made. If Coach Lowe struggles next season and it just so happens that the Wolfpack is in the market for a new basketball coach, I can’t help but proclaim that this is fantastic news knowing how highly Sean regards our job.

Sean Miller is expected to be the latest to spurn Arizona.

According to sources close to the situation, the Xavier head coach met with Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood in New Mexico earlier today and has decided that – barring a last-minute change of heart – he will remain with the Musketeers.

Miller, 40, has spent the last five seasons as the head coach of the Musketeers and has made four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances – including an Elite Eight last season and a Sweet 16 this past year.

Miller joins USC’s Tim Floyd to meet with Livengood in the past few days and turn down what was once considered an elite program.

Livengood was also unsuccessful luring big names such as Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and Gonzaga’s Mark Few.

Miller makes approximately $800,000 at Xavier and, according to sources, was offered more than $2 million a year in Tucson.

Now the Wildcats will need to find someone willing to take the job. According to sources, Utah’s Jim Boylen might be next in line.

SOURCES: ARIZONA TARGETS MILLER (April 4, 2009 @ 11:56am)

This story is worth following for a lot of reasons. There is a lot of Miller-related commentary in this discussion from a couple of days ago.

Arizona has zeroed in on Sean Miller.

This link has more:

What does make sense is Arizona’s newest target: Sean Miller.

While it may not appear to fit, he’s the ideal choice. In fact, long-term it could

Here’s why:

1) He’s 40 years old and could see the long-term picture for rebuilding in Tucson. A guy like Tim Floyd doesn’t want to get his head beaten in for two years at this stage of his career. Miller would be more apt to deal with that given that he could vie for Final Fours and maybe a national title somewhere down the line. Miller isn’t a stop-gap like some of the previous candidates (Floyd, Tubby Smith).

2) Miller can recruit. He’s a grinder who can evaluate talent (see: Derrick Brown, B.J. Raymond, etc.) and connects well with kids.

3) He can coach. Four straight NCAA tournament appearances – including a Sweet 16 this season with an unenviable point guard situation.

4) He would go toe-to-toe and wouldn’t be intimidated by any of the big boys out west – and in particular, UCLA’s Ben Howland.

Miller played at Pittsburgh and hasn’t coached anywhere out west, but he’d need to hire the right staff to get it done in Tucson. Obviously, bringing on now-Kentucky assistant Josh Pastner as his associate head coach would be huge (Pastner works for one of Miller’s closest friends, John Calipari).

Miller still hasn’t decided whether he’s going to meet with Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood, but sources indicate he’s strongly considering it.

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193 Responses to Miller changes his mind and accepts Arizona job?(updated 1:25pm)

  1. 61Packer 04/04/2009 at 12:01 PM #

    I’d guess Miller is more likely to end up in Tucson than he is in Raleigh. But either of those beats Cincinnati.

  2. crackdog 04/04/2009 at 12:05 PM #

    That would be an interesting career choice, as his closest rival would be his former boss. It’s not unheard of (see Bubas, Vic), but it would be an interesting dynamic to say the least.

  3. Wulfpack 04/04/2009 at 12:45 PM #

    This is terrible news for the Wolfpack. He won’t leave Arizona for NCSU in a year or two. We needed to be in the game NOW, and it doesn’t look like it will happen. We’ve already missed an opporunity to interview Anthony Grant, now Miller. And the newspaper is reporting today that Capel and OU will agree to a lucrative long-term deal. Fabulous.

  4. hoop 04/04/2009 at 1:59 PM #

    I really don’t see this happening at all. All the comments around this potential position for him are completely underwhelming.

    He’s “strongly considering” meeting their AD. Are you kidding? If he was interested in the position we wouldn’t e reading about him “considering” meeting their AD. They would have met already.

  5. CStanley 04/04/2009 at 2:14 PM #

    We’re stupid.

  6. Afterglow 04/04/2009 at 2:28 PM #

    I’ll admit to being a huge fan of Sean Miller as our next coach but at this point, I’ve decided to be less myopic with the subject as I know there are others out there.

    I’ve personally come to this conclusion because in all likelihood, amidst the tumultuous fall of dominos, he’ll go elsewhere if not Arizona and if he doesn’t, it will be because Xavier makes him a counter offer that he can’t turn down. This would keep him there for a good bit longer making it harder for us to get him in another year. I’m not saying it can’t happen but this dream seems to fade as reality kicks in. But who knows; after all if tree’s can tap dance and elephants can drive at Indy and Orson Welles (even while dead) can skip breakfast, lunch and dinner, maybe North Carolina State can find a way to hire Sean Miller… because miracles do happen.

  7. tvp1 04/04/2009 at 3:01 PM #

    I’m not nearly as enamored with Miller as most seem to be, but this would be a good hire for Arizona.

  8. legacyman 04/04/2009 at 3:09 PM #

    We don’t have an opening for a head coach in either football or basketball. Period. We won’t have for many years or until either decides to retire.

    Sean could be a good fit for Arizona but his recruiting area would probably have to change. As mentioned above, it would be interesting to see him go head to head with his former boss.

  9. packbackr04 04/04/2009 at 3:16 PM #

    why arent we making a move on him NOW! this ticks me off

  10. Afterglow 04/04/2009 at 3:21 PM #

    packbackr04-Not saying it can’t happen but legacyman summed it up pretty well. Plus, it’s like I said, down the road there will be others.

  11. Dogbreath 04/04/2009 at 3:22 PM #

    This situation parallels the situation several years back when we could have cut bait with HWSNBN and pursued Rick Barnes, thereby beating Texas to the punch.

    We know how that turned out.

    Question is, will history repeat itself?

  12. packbackr04 04/04/2009 at 3:26 PM #

    afterglow ^ “there will be others”

    but what are the chances of our current admin/AD finding one of those. i have had it with all of them. its time for a fresh start in the Athletics Dept.

  13. Afterglow 04/04/2009 at 3:35 PM #

    Yeah, certainly you are not alone in that feeling. In fact, I would bet these feelings are tantamount to some of the feelings on the BOT and if that is the case, I don’t think it will be long before our current admin/AD IS changed. I just think the chances of that happening along with us finding a new head coach in one fell swoop is unlikely. But there will be others.

  14. Bubba 04/04/2009 at 4:36 PM #


    Get back with me this time next year

  15. ClassOf91 04/04/2009 at 5:01 PM #

    “We won’t have for many years or until either decides to retire.”

    LOL. Not if we don’t make the postseason in BB soon.

  16. ncsu0812 04/04/2009 at 5:06 PM #

    Two weeks until spring game.

  17. wufpup76 04/04/2009 at 5:44 PM #

    Ummmm … Go Sparty.

    And ‘Nova.

  18. wufpup76 04/04/2009 at 5:52 PM #

    Ohhh it’s getting good now … (sorry for being off topic).

    If you needed *another* reason to cheer against UConn there you go.

    Adrien is a freaking football player on the court and he takes exception to a hard foul … punks.


  19. BJD95 04/04/2009 at 6:17 PM #

    Patience, grasshoppers. I don’t take back anything I told you guys on Thursday or Friday.

  20. old13 04/04/2009 at 6:31 PM #

    ^ 🙂

  21. BJD95 04/04/2009 at 6:38 PM #

    Michigan State playing with so much heart.

  22. spanky 04/04/2009 at 6:49 PM #

    Agree on the MSU comment BJ… been fun watching…

    And any clue as to a timetable for the patience that is required? Days.. weeks… months…? Any clue?

  23. BJD95 04/04/2009 at 6:52 PM #

    No clue.

  24. BJD95 04/04/2009 at 6:56 PM #

    The Spartans are the epitome of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I really can’t believe what I’m watching. Thought Douchebag and his thugs were going to roll.

    I may not have to pull for the Holes on Monday after all. Huzzah!

    Clark Kellogg blows.

  25. spanky 04/04/2009 at 7:03 PM #

    I was sooo torn with this game going in… I hate Calhoun… loathe even… but man I didn’t wanna see the holes win Monday… I had ASSumed that UConn would stand a better chance of beating UNC than MSU did/does… but who knows the way they’re playing tonight.

    I said that exact same comment earlier “Clark Kellogg blows…. they replaced Billy Packer with this clown???”

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