We were awakened on Saturday morning by reports indicating Sean Miller was the next head coach at Maryland. A few hours later, though, conflicting reports emerged, saying Miller and Maryland planned to talk, had mutual interest, but no deal was done. And on Saturday night, the news came full-circle as Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne took to Twitter to fire back and squash the reports.
Byrne brought his snark with him, attempting to break his own news on his personal Twitter account Saturday night. It was a simple tweet, but he is, apparently, confident Miller will be staying at Arizona.
Breaking news: Internet speculation wrong. Sean Miller is staying at Arizona as our hoops coach. #BearDown
So that takes care of that, we think. Then again, this wouldn't be the first time a coach said he was staying, had a change of heart and bolted town in an instant. But if Byrne is to be believed, and there's no reason he isn't, Arizona has staved-off attempts by Maryland to lure Miller away and will keep the coach that led them deep into the NCAA Tournament this year. And Miller comes out the big winner, in all likelihood, as he will have probably earned himself a significant raise due to Maryland's overtures.
If Miller is staying at Arizona, Maryland will have to turn its attention elsewhere in the effort to replace Gary Williams. Earlier in the week, Williams retired abruptly, leaving the Terps scrambling for a new head coach at a time the coaching carousel is usually silent.