Miller Staying With Arizona
Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Cross Sean Miller’s name off as a candidate for the Maryland head coaching position. Surprise, Surprise, Miller and Arizona have agreed on a new contract extension.
The new deal was signed late last night, no terms have been announced yet.
“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.”
Arizona rebounded this season with a solid bounce-back season, winning 30 games for the fourth time in school history on the way to the Pac-10 regular-season title. Miller was the Pac-10′s coach of the year and the Wildcats came within a few seconds of reaching the Final Four, losing to Connecticut in the regional final.
Miller said recent developments within the Pac-10 played a role in his decision to stay.
The conference, which will become the Pac-12 next school year, announced a 12-year deal worth about $3 billion with ESPN and Fox on Wednesday, paving the way for the conference to start its own television network in 2012.
Despite the usual speculation, Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon isn’t believed to be interesed in the opening.
Andy Katz of ESPN.com reports that Maryland’s next likely target will be Butler’s Brad Stevens, who is fresh off consecutive national championship game appearances.