Tag:Sean Miller
Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 3:02 pm
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Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

Sean Miller is expected to meet with Maryland officials later today and, formally or informally, be offered the opportunity to succeed Gary Williams as the Terrapins' basketball coach, a source has told CBSSports.com. The source added that any report suggesting Miller has already accepted the Maryland job is "premature."

Miller just finished his second season at Arizona by winning the Pac-10 and taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He's losing Derrick Williams from that roster but would still have a team talented enough to be ranked in the preseason Top 25 if he stayed at Arizona. Still, the Maryland job is too good to ignore -- especially for a Pittsburgh native and former ACC assistant whose family reportedly wouldn't mind returning East. So that's why Miller agreed to meet with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, and it's why most believe he's leaning toward accepting the job before the end of the weekend barring an unexpected development. In that case, Arizona would be looking for its fifth coach in sixth years and the usual candidates -- among them Memphis' Josh Pastner, an Arizona graduate -- would probably at least be approached in some form.

Williams retired from Maryland after 22 seasons last Thursday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Report: Maryland AD to meet with Arizona's Miller

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson is expected to soon meet with Arizona's Sean Miller about succeeding Gary Williams as the Terrapins' basketball coach, the Washington Post reported Friday. The paper added that there is "mutual interest" between the two sides.

Miller just finished his second season at Arizona by winning the Pac-10 and taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He's losing Derrick Williams from that roster but should still have a team talented enough to be ranked in the preseason Top 25, which might make it tough to leave now. Still, the Maryland job is too good to ignore -- especially for a Pittsburgh native and former ACC assistant. So Miller will listen and consider coaching at a third school in a span of four years. He was at Xavier before moving to Arizona.

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is another serious candidate for the Maryland job.

According to sources, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon and Villanova's Jay Wright are likely uninterested.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:51 am
Edited on: May 6, 2011 8:59 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

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 CBSSports.com.

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 CBSSports.com, 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.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:22 am
 

Coaching clinic in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I'm spending the next couple of days -- i.e., Monday and Tuesday -- here on the Florida campus, and not because I'm starting graduate school. Rather, I'm speaking at an annual coaching clinic organized by Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt. It should be both fun and educational. I'm glad I'm involved.

Here's the rundown of Monday speakers:

9:15: Brad Stevens
10:30: Del Harris
12:00: Me
1:45: Jeremy Foley
2:30: Jamie Dixon, Shaka Smart, Matthew Driscoll
4:00: Buzz Williams
5:15: Rick Turk
6:30: LuAnn Humphrey
7:45: Billy Donovan

Coaches scheduled to speak Tuesday include Matt Painter, Sean Miller, Travis Ford, Scott Duncan, Mike Hopkins, Brendan Suhr, and Kevin Eastman. I'll try my best to Tweet anything interesting. So make sure you're following me at this link.
Posted on: February 5, 2010 6:46 am
 

Report: Arizona to cut scholarships, visits


Arizona will reduce the number of future scholarships, July recruiting days and official visits the men's basketball program can use because of recruiting violations tied to an AAU tournament held on its campus while Lute Olson was still the coach, according to a report by Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com.

An official announcement could come Friday.

Arizona reported a potential violation in 2008 after Olson, now retired, sent a letter to booster club officials asking them to financially support the Cactus Classic -- an AAU tournament that was held at the McKale Center for three consecutive Mays. The event brought many of the nation's top prospects to the Arizona campus and was thus regarded as a major recruiting tool for the Wildcats.

The letter to boosters had Olson's electronic signature on it.

Still, the Hall of Fame coach denied ever seeing or approving the letter.

Sean Miller now coaches Arizona.

Nobody on his staff was involved in this matter.

The Wildcats are 12-10 overall, 6-4 in the Pac-10 in Miller's first season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 8, 2009 8:47 am
Edited on: October 8, 2009 8:50 am
 

Bejarano on campus at Arizona


Daniel Bejarano is on the Arizona campus today and will soon commit to the Wildcats barring a major change of plans. That common theory in recruiting circles is based mostly on Bejarano's affection for Arizona, but somewhat due to a process of elimination considering Arizona State has stopped recruiting the 6-foot-4 guard, leaving the Phoenix-area product with no viable in-state option other than Arizona.

Bejarano, you might remember, decommitted from Texas last week.

The Top 50 recruit immediately expressed a desire to remain close to home.

If Bejarano announces for Arizona -- and he will -- he'll become the second Class of 2010 prospect to commit to first-year coach Sean Miller, whose work in the Class of 2009 after getting hired in April should make UA's rebuilding job quicker than most anticipated. Rod Odom, a 6-8 wing from Massachusetts, committed to Arizona earlier this week. Scout.com ranks Odom as the 22nd-ranked small forward in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: October 2, 2009 9:52 am
Edited on: October 2, 2009 9:53 am
 

Arizona considered leader for in-state product


Arizona coach Sean Miller spent Thursday night with Daniel Bejarano and is now a strong candidate to gain a commitment from the in-state product who this week decommitted from Texas.

“I just want him to be happy wherever he goes," Bejarano's high school coach, Joseph Bustos, told MaxPreps.com's Jason Hickman. "For whatever reason Texas was no longer the place for him."

Among those reasons is Bejarano's reported desire to stay close to his Phoenix home after his father, Damion Gosa, was shot to death in June. Bejarano had been committed to Texas since last October. He's now considering Arizona and Arizona State but, at this point, seems more interested in the Wildcats.

“His first words when he decommitted was, `Hey, get a hold of coach Sean Miller,'" Bejarano's mentor, Ray Arvizu Jr., told the Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe. "He’s very excited.”

MaxPreps.com ranks Bejarano No. 28 overall in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: June 26, 2009 9:06 am
Edited on: June 26, 2009 9:21 am
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters


One of the more interesting ways to follow the NBA Draft was -- surprise, surprise -- via Twitter .

Kevin Love was Tweeting every pick, seemingly confused at times about why his new GM selected 17 point guards. Kevin Durant was welcoming James Harden to Oklahoma City. Hasheem Thabeet was typing about the joy of looking at stars from a rooftop (or something like that). And then there was former Xavier standout Stanley Burrell, who started by rooting for Derrick Brown and then turned to defending Derrick Brown before ultimately criticizing Sean Miller.

It was fascinating stuff.

Burrell -- who played at Xavier from 2004 to 2008 -- started by predicting Brown would go here or there in the first round. It never happened, of course. So Burrell Tweeted that he was "jinxing my boy. im pulling for u and your fam D Brown. u deserve this!" Naturally, when Brown started slipping, some Xavier fans ripped his decision to leave school early. Why? Because that's what fans do. They love you when you play for their favorite team. But if you ever leave early they mock you if the decision doesn't go as planned.

Happens every year.

It happened this year.

But Burrell didn't like the tone.

So he took the time to defend Brown.

"Come on X-fans.. save the criticism on D Brown. My man is a special talent and he WILL be drafted tonight and he WILL make a roster. watch!"

Then ...

"if i recieve one more negative msg about D Brown, i will find a way to block that person. D is chasing a dream! Hes from xu- Support him!!!"

And then ...

"some of u fans really amaze me some time!!! makes the true xu fans, look bad."

And then (when Brown slipped well into the second round) ...

"Lets face it... SM isnt trying to develop pros. It was all about him! Look ive spoke to SM ONE time since grad. from X. Family huh? NOT! ... SM taught me many things that im thankful for. Most recently, this world is cut throat! GET YOURS WHILE U CAN! Wow!"

"SM" stands for former Xavier coach and current Arizona coach Sean Miller.

Brown confirmed as much in a later Tweet.

He then ranted against Miller in a magnificent way.

"I said what I said about Sean for a few reasons. 1) The fact that ive talked to a coach ONE TIME since grad. that i gave my blood, sweat, and tears for(for 4 yrs) is BULLSHIT! I sacrificed (just like the rest of my teammates) for Sean and our team...He made me believe that we were really like family to eachother. when really that was just a scheme to get us all to buy in to the "team system". He proved me right when i realized we only spoke once for about 15 secs when i attended the temple vs xu home game. i understand coach is really busy but i truly believed in the guy & what he taught me. i see now that really its all about getting yours while u can in any way u can. i remember reading a quote in the paper from Sean where he said, we win at XU without having a single pro on our roster. * Now even if thats true, do u really need to put us out there like that? Because we too want to provide for our families after college. And no, a comment like that wont keep us from being drafted into the NBA but it does show how Sean wanted all the success to be about him and his coaching. Lets not get my words mixed-up, sean is an amazing coach but if yall think that his coaching ALONE was the reason for all the success we had, YOURE WRONG! It also took guys in the locker room willing to give whats best for them PERSONALLY for the good of the team, the university's name & its winning tradition. Sean was just the one that seriously benefited financially. I have a degree and some of the most amazing memories from XU but the things ive learned since leaving xu makes me wish i would've done what was best for me and mine and not the other way around. Cuz thats what its about, right? Its not! but i learned the hard way. so i say congrats to D Brown for choosing to do whats best for him and his family (not saying that playing for coach mack would've hurt him for next yr because coach mack is a GREAT COACH that is definitely ready for this opportunity) but D Brown reached out and grabbed a piece for himself tonight, instead of just being on the giving end (like we were all trained to do at xu)."
 
 
 
 
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