When Thad Matta was fired as Ohio State head coach this week, a report indicated that the Buckeyes has their sights set high (possibly too high) for his replacement.
One of the names on their wishlist was Arizona’s Sean Miller, the former coach at Xavier (where he served as an assistant under Matta before replacing him). But if OSU athletic director Gene Smith thinks he’ll be able to pry Miller away from the Wildcats, he’s got another thing coming.
Dr. Robert Robbins, Arizona’s new president, emphatically closed the door on the possibility of Miller going to Ohio State this week, claiming that he’d only allow Miller to leave “over my dead body“.
“The Ohio State University is great university, but they are not going to get Coach Miller,” Robbins said during a wide-ranging interview with The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. “They will have to come over me to get him, as the saying goes, over my dead body.”
Well, I guess that settles it, right?
The 48-year old Miller has been incredibly successful at Arizona, winning four regular season Pac-10/12 titles and two tournament titles during his eight years at the school. However, he’s never made the Final Four with the Wildcats despite that regular season success, frustrating many who have hoped to see Arizona return to the glory years of Lute Olson.