Exactly a week before Sean Miller was hired at Arizona in April 2009, Santa Rita star Terrell Stoglin committed to Maryland.
Now, ironically, Stoglin may play for him … at Maryland. At least Stoglin wouldn’t mind if that were the case.
“If he’s the coach here, I’ll be happy,” Stoglin said tonight via telephone from Maryland. “I wanted to play for him, personally.”
Stoglin wound up a Terp in part because there were, at various times, a lack of interest from both Stoglin and Arizona, and a clear trend of UA coaching instability during Stoglin’s junior and senior seasons at Santa Rita. At the same time, Gary Williams was offering a chance to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference for a well-respected program, and Stoglin jumped.
Santa Rita coach Jim Ferguson said Stoglin struggled at times with the adjustment to the East Coast, though Stoglin was the Terrapins’ second-leading scorer with 11.4 points and had 3.3 assists per game with a 1.44 assist-turnover ratio as a freshman.
“He ended up having a terrific year,” Ferguson said. But “it’s been a tough year to be honest. It’s a long way to be away from home but he’s grown up a lot.”
Stoglin said he has had fun this season and enjoyed playing for Williams.
“Coach Williams was a great coach and I honestly learned a lot from him,” Stoglin said. “Personally, I just felt this was the best situation for him. I don’t think he would have left if it wasn’t.”
Lot of speculation on the internet today about whether there are differences between Sean Miller and Greg Byrne that are leading to Miller's interest in Maryland.
I'd be surprised if that's the case.
While Miller may be using Maryland's interest to create leverage and ensure he gets the charter flights and staff raises he has been seeking, he and Byrne have both expressed that they have a good relationship.
I think one thing that may be overlooked here is that Board of Regent sentiment and the unpopular tuition raises are making it difficult for Byrne to spend any more money at the moment - even if athletics is largely self-sufficient and is looking at making roughly $10 million more in 2013 because of the new Pac-12 media rights deal.
I also suspect this is the reason that Miller's contract was not extended at the April meeting of Regents -- because that's the one where the Regents were dealing with the tuition hikes. Maybe better to wait until the June meeting for a contract approval.
In any case, if Miller leaves, I'd think it's primarily about lifestyle, the chance to coach in the ACC and the fertile Baltimore/Washington recruiting turf than about major money issues.
Miller is http://www.basketballcoach.com/cgi-bin/basketball/clinics/2011/lasvegas-nv-basketball-clinic.html" target="_blank">scheduled to attend a coaches' clinic in Las Vegas today, before he returns to Tucson to host Shabazz Muhammad for an unofficial visit.
The Washington Post reported that Maryland AD Kevin Anderson is http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/terrapins-insider/post/maryland-coaching-buzz-focuses-on-arizonas-sean-miller/2011/05/06/AFWRaqAG_blog.html" target="_blank">expected to travel to speak with Miller and Las Vegas would be an ideal meeting place to get it done.
If so, this situation could be resolved one way or another fairly quickly.
Or maybe everyone should hold on a second here. The Baltimore Sun says Miller http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/maryland_terps/blog/2011/05/maryland_looking_at_candidate_besides_sean_miller.html" target="_blank">may not be the Terps' top target after all.
Chris Thomas' coach told Zagsblog that Arizona is leading for the 2013 guard. Would like to know exactly what Sean Miller told Thomas during his visit Friday...
I texted Nick Johnson's mother, Michelle, tonight to see if she had heard from Miller about Maryland. But she politely declined to comment.