Sean Miller Didn't Gel With Maryland, Arizona Wildcats Rejoice

Despite near-constant speculation that Sean Miller would leave the University of Arizona for Maryland, it turns out he will be signing a contract extension to remain with the Wildcats.

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Arizona Coach Sean Miller Had "Chemistry Issues" With Maryland AD?

The Baltimore Sun released a report last night that paints Maryland's attempt to lure Arizona head coach Sean Miller to College Park in a different light.

Late Saturday night, Arizona said Miller was signing a contract extension to remain with the school. The announcement set off rampant speculation in the media and on fan sites about what may have occurred between Maryland and the coach in the Las Vegas hotel room.

Anderson said in an interview Wednesday that were "chemistry issues." A source close to Miller agreed, characterizing the two as "oil and water."

 This is a very interesting piece of the story between Miller and Maryland. Miller himself acknowledged that he very seriously considered the Maryland job offer:

If you ever have in your own career, maybe to have the opportunity that at least causes you to pause and consider, I think all of us would say at one point or another, yes, and that's what this weekend was for me. It was an opportunity that I really felt in the best interests of our own family and myself to at least pause and consider.

At the end of the day, it makes sense that Miller would consider Maryland. It is one of the premier basketball schools in the country, and the ACC is a basketball conference first and foremost.

But as Miller realized, he has it very good at the University of Arizona. Not only does the fanbase love him, but the tradition of success established in Wildcats basketball will allow him to recruit premier basketball players every season.

If Miller and Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson had hit it off last Saturday, we'd likely be writing a different article today. Luckily for UA fans, Miller stayed in Tucson.


Sean Miller Not Leaving For Maryland Without Fight From Arizona

The Sean Miller saga hopefully won't drag on as long as the situation with the Phoenix Coyotes. How could it? Amidst reports that the earlier report was premature and that Seam Miller hadn't even met yet with officials from Maryland, we get word from the University of Arizona.

Athletic Director Greg Byrne acknowledged via his Twitter account that the fight to get Miller in Tucson was indeed on.

Wildcat Faithful, please know that we have been & continue to work to keep Sean Miller as our coach.....

During our ongoing conversations Sean is very aware & has been very aware, that we want him to be our coach.....

We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that happens....

I hope you have seen our department make a real effort to be transparent & honest. As we are able, we will continue to communicate.

There are some rumors that Miller is using the situation as leverage to get more pay for his coaching staff. That kind of makes sense, because why else would he leave Tucson for Maryland unless they overwhelm him with money. The Wildcat basketball program has one of the richest traditions in college sports and with Miller taking the team to the Elite Eight in this year's NCAA Tournament he's well on his way towards making his own mark.

Recruiting top-notch kids to the University of Arizona has never been an issue and with Miller's youth and success he could easily continue the proud Wildcat history. One thing we now know for sure, the Wildcat's aren't letting him go without a fight.

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