Arizona basketball: Miller says he's 'here for the long haul unconditionally'

2011-05-09T13:15:00Z 2013-09-17T16:15:21Z Arizona basketball: Miller says he's 'here for the long haul unconditionally'By Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 09, 2011 1:15 pm  • 

Basketball coach Sean Miller said today he's "here for the long haul unconditionally" after having found a strengthened belief in remaining with the Arizona Wildcats after considering the Maryland coaching job over the weekend.

Miller and UA athletic director Greg Byrne appeared together at a 40-minute press conference this morning at McKale Center to discuss a potential move that stirred up considerable emotion in the Wildcat community until UA announced an undisclosed contract extension Saturday night.

"I'm sorry if I caused that, I really am," Miller said. "What it does confirm is just the love affair between so many people and our basketball program."

Miller indicated that it was that passion, plus the increasing infrastructure of a program that's building momentum toward national prominence, that ultimately kept Miller at UA.

Miller said he has long felt support from Byrne, who will present new staff contracts and charter airplane travel allowances to the Arizona Board of Regents next month. Miller also said it was a misconception that his wife, Amy, and his family wanted to move back East, where they lived until Sean Miller became Arizona's coach in April 2009.

"I'm 42 and I've lived back East for 40 years," Miller said. "Is that something that means something? Yes. But my wife loves Tucson, Arizona. Just so you know, one of the big reasons we are here today is because of her, not just when we left Cincinnati, but in the fact that we're here today on Monday."

Miller also said his three sons "would be crushed" if they had to leave Tucson, though he said his decision did not come down to a family meeting. He indicated he already knew he wanted to stay regardless.

"I love being here," Miller said. "If you ask what was this weekend was about, if I said to you, 'Do you ever have an opportunity in your career that at least causes you to pause and consider?' I think all of us would say 'Yes.' That's what this weekend was for me."

 

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
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