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
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 48-85
Auburn at
Oregon State
11/26 71-69
San Diego State at
Arizona
11/26 71-69
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 71-69
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 10:00 pm
North Dakota at
Utah
11/28 6:00 pm
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
USC at
New Mexico
11/30 2:00 pm
California at
Fresno State
11/30 4:00 pm
Portland State at
Oregon
11/30 6:00 pm
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