Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sean Miller Rumors Continue

This week Xavier men's basketball coach Sean Miller has been linked to two high-profile openings, Arizona and Memphis:

Arizona Rumor

Arizona has initiated conversations with Sean Miller in an attempt to see whether the rising star at Xavier will entertain an offer that could be worth more than $13 million spread over six years, a source close to the Arizona program told on Friday.

Memphis Rumor

Unlike the Arizona rumor no financials have been discussed but many rumors have been floating around Sean Miller and Bruce Pearl. Miller seems to be the right choice here. He's at a non-BCS school and has been a very good coach at Xavier in his tenure there, going 120-47. His Musketeers actually beat the Tigers early in the 2008-09 season. He's been to the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 the last two seasons and appears to be a young coaching star.

Personally I don't see either of these happening, if any Arizona would be more likely because they play in a power conference. Switching from Xavier to Memphis would be an odd move for Miller because like Xavier they're a mid-major (i.e. Conference USA). Memphis is almost just like Xavier as it also has nice facilities, is at the top of their conference on a consistent basis, and has had recent success in the big dance. This would be a step back for Miller.

Arizona would be the more likely of the two but I don't see it happening. It can't be about the money because he wouldn't be making much more at Arizona than he is right now if the financials rumored are true.

Now if Jamie Dixon were to leave Pittsburgh to go out west (i.e. Arizona) then I could see Miller leaving for his Alma mater but I don't see Dixon leaving a big name program from the toughest conference in college basketball.

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