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 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 3 0 0.667 15 6 0 0.714
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Washington State 4 5 0 0.444 10 11 0 0.476
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 68-67
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 34-57
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 88-89
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 88-89
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
UCLA at
Stanford
2/5 7:00 pm
Washington State at
Oregon State
2/5 8:00 pm
USC at
California
2/5 9:00 pm
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