Miller takes Arizona job
Sean Miller accepted the job as head coach of the Arizona Wildcats on Monday, one day after turning the position down, a source close to the negotiations told Yahoo! Sports.
Miller, 40, told Arizona he would remain at Xavier late last night, then asked for a chance to sleep on the decision. After going back and forth during the morning, a source said, he informed XU athletic director Mike Bobinski of his decision at noon ET.
Miller could not immediately be reached for comment. A message left for Xavier officials has not been immediately returned.
Miller led Xavier to two Elite Eights and a Sweet 16 over five seasons. His overall record 120-47. He had met with UA officials Sunday in Santa Fe, N.M. and flown back to Cincinnati to make his final decision.
Miller and Bobinski met at the coach’s home Monday morning when, according to a source, Miller informed Bobinski he was taking the UA job. Miller has also informed UA athletic director Jim Livengood, who was under immense pressure to hire a replacement for Hall of Famer Lute Olson.
Miller’s deal is for seven years, $18 million, which includes a $1 million signing bonus, according to the source.
Arizona has been to 25 consecutive NCAA tournaments, the best active streak in college basketball and second all time to a 27-year North Carolina run.