Recent Rumor: Xavier coach Sean Miller is expected to meet Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday to discuss the Wildcats' opening, according to a source. The source said Miller was scheduled to board a private plane Sunday morning en route to Albuquerque, where he was expected to meet with Livengood about the Wildcats' opening.
Miller is currently earning in the neighborhood of $800,000 per season. Arizona, according to sources, has a multi-year deal worth more than $2 million per season on the table.
However, Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday that the Musketeers were prepared to make a counteroffer -- if necessary.
Kentucky coach John Calipari, a good friend of Miller's, said the coach is wrestling with the same things Calipari was in deciding whether to leave Memphis for the Bluegrass state.
Being a Xavier fan, I would have to be naive to think that Miller wouldn't leave the Muskies and the A-10 for Arizona and the PAC-10. I would like Miller to stay obviously as I think he's one of the best young coaches in the game today but I think he may leave for Arizona.... and would definitely leave if the Connecticut job opened up. Mike Bobinski better start looking for a replacement soon, I know that he's high on assistant Chris Mack but I still don't know if he's a long-term answer.
I know Miller will make the right decision but there's so many things you have to contemplate when deciding to switch schools. He's never really recruited out west and Arizona really doesn't have any big names set for the 2009 or 2010 class yet, plus they will probably lose several players from this years team to the draft.
If Miller leaves at least he will leave with the current team in a good situation, depending on whether his incoming class stays put if the move occurs. So many programs fall apart after coaching changes and have to start from scratch and although they'll run into some trouble I don't think it will have the same affect on them as other schools such as UK and UC have had after coaching changes.