With Thad Matta out at Ohio State and the Buckeyes’ search for a new men’s basketball coach in full swing, the rumor mill has been active this week.
One name that has been thrown around is Sean Miller of Arizona. Wildcats’ fans are not ready to lose Miller, and neither is University of Arizona president Dr. Robert Robbins.
“The Ohio State University is great university, but they are not going to get Coach Miller,” Robbins told The Arizona Republic. “They will have to come over me to get him, as the saying goes, over my dead body.”
Robbins was hired in April, but he knows his new school is lucky to have Miller. In eight seasons at Arizona, Miller has a 220-66 record (.769 winning percentage), has won or shared the Pac-12 title four times and went to three Elite 8’s.
Before heading to Tuscon, Miller shined in Ohio as Xavier’s coach. He took the Musketeers to the NCAA Tournament four times in five seasons between 2004-2009.
With Miller’s ties to Cincinnati as well as Pittsburgh (he grew up in Western Pennsylvania and played at Pitt), he would likely have immediate recruiting success in Ohio State’s backyard. But he has been successful at one of the top programs in college basketball and has the 13th-biggest contract in the sport at $2.2 million per year according to USA Today.
Land of 10’s Ben Axelrod took a look at possible Matta replacements this week, and yes the list includes Miller.