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Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:51 am
Edited on: May 6, 2011 8:59 am
Maryland's search for Gary Williams' successor is underway and figures to center on some of the men connected to most high-profile openings over the past few years -- specifically Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Arizona's Sean Miller and Villanova's Jay Wright, multiple sources have told

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is also in the mix.

Brey is a Maryland native who would almost certainly take the job if offered, according to a source. But the same source said Dixon, Miller and Wright would probably have to make it clear to Maryland officials that they're uninterested before the ACC school moved that direction. The level of interest from Dixon, Miller and Wright varies and is unclear, though all three would at least take a phone call and listen, multiple sources told, considering the Maryland job is widely viewed as one of the nation's best because of tradition, support and a rich recruiting base of Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

One thing worth noting is that Dixon has an existing and strong relationship with first-year Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, who was previously the AD at Army when Dixon's sister, Maggie Dixon, was the school's women's basketball coach. She died from heart failure in April 2006 at the age of 28 just after completing her first season at Army. It should also be noted that Dixon has in recent years rejected multiple overtures to remain at Pittsburgh (most notably from Arizona, Southern California and North Carolina State), that Miller likely has a preseason top 20 team at Arizona and that Wright is a Philadelphia native who has passed on countless opportunities over the past five years. Those things could help the job fall to Brey or somebody like Minnesota's Tubby Smith or VCU's Shaka Smart.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:27 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Like I told you Parrish - Sean Miller was going no where Tongue out and next time when want spread crap about Zona - do some homework instead of pulling something out of your rear so that you can try and damage a program - you should be fired.

Sean Miller's Quote and he's NOT happy about the BS: "Over the last two days, the amount of inaccuracies that surrounded this entire process has been very disappointing," Miller said in a statement. "Hopefully, this will put an end to such speculation. Believe me when I tell you, our administration has done everything to keep me here and ensure that this will be among the elite programs in the nation."

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 5:14 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Steve, Maryland is a far better job than N.C. State. Maryland, for a guy who wants to come east, is very attractive.

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:23 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Oh yeah, Maryland is a great place to be....if you're a looser.  And while we're at it, you can just give us back Terrell Stoglin cuz you'll be loosing him too.
How?  How many championship does Arizona have in their history, FernDOG???

1..last time I checked Maryland has the same number, so your point is way off base.  Winning something in the ACC against Duke and UNC, is a lot better than better USC or anyone in the lowly pac-12.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:09 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Were idiots but your the one crying about a coach who has only been there for two years and hasnt won anything. Secondly, Maryland was the Co-ACC champion last year, but were a losing program. Maryland had a down year, just like Arizona had last year. Since Arizona is so great how many championships have you won? Thats right, the same amount as Maryland. Since you know nothing about basketball why dont you do what Arizonans do best and go harass some immigrants.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:34 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

You Maryland fans are idiots. Sean Miller will always be named to a coaching vacate see but there is no way in hell that he will leave one of the best jobs in college basketball for a losing program for quite awhile and will stay like that for a long long time coming in Maryland for Christ sakes. Miller has a great recruiting class coming this season and for seasons to come why in hell would he go to a program that has nothing and will loss for years and years to come. The ACC is and always will be a two school race between North Carolina and Duke and that's it and who every takes the other schools in the ACC other then those schools will lose for sure even if you have a great coach like Miller or even Jamie Dixon, Jay Wright, or even Mike Brey. Sorry Maryland fans if N.C. State could not get a great coach then there is no way in hell you guys will either because you guys are not even in the same breath as Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA, or even Michigan State alright Maryland fans. Boy you guys are idiots up there in Maryland.

Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:52 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Kansas  fans still bitter about losing with the Heinrich team?  C'mon you guys won a championship since then.  Shouldnt you hate Roy for ditching you guys more than Maryland and Duke?

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:29 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Mohave, I couldn't agree more with you.  Every time an east coast job comes up, Miller's name gets thrown out there, as if every job out east is better than Arizona.

All these people who think he's even CONSIDERING it are absolutely nuts.  Why the hell would he leave?

1. You can argue he has a top 5 recruiting class coming in and approaching the same thing for the following year.
2. He contributed $2 million to the face lift of the facilities.
3. Arizona is a better place to live. That's not being a homer, that's a fact.  People move out here for their health and take a look at the crime in the DC      metro area and, well, that's a no brainer.
4. He can recruit the entire west coast and as we already see, he's a player out east, as well.
5. He has carte blanche within the athletic department

The only way he leaves Arizona is if he gets offered a job within the big 5 or 6 schools and then MAYBE his alma mater.  Otherwise, everything else would be a latteral move, at best!

Everyone needs to put down the beer goggles!

Bear Down Arizona and keep up the good work Coach Miller and staff!!!

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:25 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

I don't care who coaches Maryland; I just want to see them finish last in the ACC - or next to last ahead of Duke. Just remember, Terpies fans, the 2002 national champs were but a flash in the pan. To hell with Maryland! Rock Chalk Kansas!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:22 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Mohave, I couldn't agree more.  So every time an east coast job comes up the press says Miller is in the mix?  First NC State and now Maryland?  C'mon there is NO WAY Miller will leave for any other program than the big 5 or 6.  Bank it. 

He's in a basketball hungry market.  He has carte blanche within the athletic department.  You can argue he has a top 5 recruiting class this year and he's on his way to that next year, too.  He contributed $2 million to the facility face lift....not to mention the obvious reason-Arizona is a much better place to coach and live. 

Everyone please put down the beer goggles.

Bear Down Arizona and prepare for some good times ahead!

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:08 pm

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Phoenix has very limited basketball tradition. 

Wrong.  Many of Arizona's best players came from Phoenix and Tucson.  Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, Mike Bibby, Jerryd Bayless, and Sean Elliott to name a few.

L.A. may be 300 miles away, but in case you haven't noticed, the West is a pretty big area.  Tucson is closer to L.A. than any other major college campus not in Los Angeles.  Arizona has always been very successful in recruiting L.A. and Southern California.  Ever heard of Derrik Williams?  How about Gilbert Arenas, Luke Walton, or Hassan Adams?  All from SoCal.

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