Sean Miller to Maryland?: Final Four Reasons Miller May Leave Arizona
Numerous media outlets, including Sporting News and ESPN, are reporting that University of Arizona coach Sean Miller is meeting with University of Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson about the vacant men's basketball coaching position left behind by Gary Williams, who retired earlier this week from his alma mater.
University of Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne stated on his Facebook page that, “During our ongoing conversations Sean is very aware & has been aware, that we want him to be our coach. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that happens.”
Here are four reasons why this move may take place.
Derrick Williams' Departure
Let's face it. If Derrick Williams was returning to Tucson for another year, no coach in his right mind would leave. Williams represented a virtual automatic ticket to the Final Four in 2012—those don't grow on trees.
But, when the 6'8" forward elected to head for the Association, it left the door cracked for Miller if a situation like Maryland were to present itself.
Momo Jones and a top three recruiting class won't be enough to keep Miller in the desert. Derrick Williams likely would have been.
"I'm Coming Home"
Miller is from Pittsburgh, had a long stint at NC State and knows the New York recruiting circuit very well.
He brought Momo Jones in from the would-be grasps of numerous schools in the ACC and Big East; then signed New York native Sidiki Johnson for this upcoming year—and that was from 2,500 miles away.
The general consensus seems to be that he will dominate the east coast recruiting scene at Maryland; although, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim and Steve Lavin, may have other ideas.
Sean Miller has young boys that play basketball, and wife who is not at all partial to the desert. Why does this matter?
The youth-to-high school basketball scene in Tucson leaves much to be desired. Despite ranking as one of the 40 most populated metro areas in the country, it ranks nowhere near the top in terms of grassroots basketball.
Plus, Tucson is a college town in every sense of the phrase. Awesome if you're 24 and single. Not so awesome if you're 44, and married with children. Odds are, the idea of moving his family back to the east coast would come without much—if any—resistance.
Lure of the ACC
If you grow up in the southern part of the country, odds are that you'll come of age under the impression that the SEC is the greatest conference in all of sports. (...and it is.)
Born and raised on the left coast? You're likely programmed with an inferiority complex, resenting the "east coast media bias," and insisting that the Pac-10+2 is the most overlooked and underrated conference in America.
Well, guess what. Sean Miller spent his formative years on the east coast. So, you can bet with confidence that the height of that ACC pedestal is a little higher than normal.
The thought of unseating Duke and North Carolina as the alpha dog of the Atlantic Coast likely serves as a huge draw.