What they're saying: Coaching Edition

When the Maryland job opened up, Sean Miller automatically became a topic of discussion. WildcatAuthority.com takes a look at what the media is saying about his possible candidacy.

As soon as Gary Williams resigned as coached of Maryland's basketball program, the speculation regarding Sean Miller began. Here is a collection of opinions regarding the opening and Miller.

"According to individuals familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak on the record, Villanova Coach Jay Wright will be high on Maryland's list to replace Williams.

"Another individual close to the Maryland athletic department said Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey would be interested in the job should Maryland approach him. The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that Maryland already had reached out to Brey, who was born in Bethesda and attended DeMatha, but that Brey and Notre Dame were working on a contract extension that would keep him in South Bend, Ind.

The source also believed Arizona Coach Sean Miller would express interest in the job, though Miller just completed only his second season as Wildcats coach"

- Matt Bonesteel and Steve Yanda, Washington Post

"Williams' departure means Maryland, which just hired a football coach in January, will again embark on a national search. Possible candidates include Arizona coach Sean Miller and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, who personally traveled around the country during the football search, is known as an aggressive salesman not hesitant to pursue big names and longshot"

- Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

"The Maryland job is now the biggest available job from this offseason.

"Coaches widely consider it to be one of the nation's best jobs because of its natural recruiting base.

‘The right guy there will kill it,' a source told CBSSports.com. ‘If they get the right guy, they'll win really big.'"

- Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com

"I can tell you for sure, if his phone rings and it is the AD at Maryland the man isn't going to hang up. He will listen, that I will say with 100 percent confidence. I can also tell you that he thinks extremely highly of the Maryland job. I assume the majority of you are from the West Coast, and aren't quite as familiar as what people in the mid-Atlantic and East Coast think of the job, but I am telling you we all consider it a top 10, and possibly top 5 job in the country.

"Maryland has money, great facilities, a good campus, is very good academically (but not too good like Stanford or something like that), and is in THE BEST RECRUITING BASE in the country.

"It is a job where you should be competing for a final four every single season.

"With that said, I can't say for sure is how he feels about Maryland versus Arizona. I know he loves what he has at Arizona and what is being built. With that said, he isn't going to flat turn down the Maryland job. He will listen, listen for how long, that I don't know, it could be an interview it could be 30 seconds on a phone call, but he isn't hanging up his phone when he hears "University of Maryland"...

- Brian Snow, Scout.com

"This creates an opening for a great, great job. Probably one of the top ten jobs in America. You'll see everybody back-channeling trying to get in there for this job. The recruiting area in Maryland and D.C. is huge. It is a job that has fan support, facilities, everything. It is obviously in the ACC and I think names we will probably hear lot from early are guys like Mike Brey, who hails from there and went to Dematha, maybe Sean Miller of Arizona, Johnny Dawkins although hasn't had a ton of success out at Stanford is a Maryland guy."

- Jeff Goodman, FoxSports.com

"Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Arizona's Sean Miller, Notre Dame's Mike Brey and Villanova's Jay Wright are expected to be high on Maryland's target list as the school looks to replace Gary Williams, Maryland's winningest coach who unveiled his plans to retire Thursday.

"Thanks in large part to Maryland's impressive facilities and the Washington area's deep pool of high school basketball talent, the school's head coaching position is widely considered among the nation's top 15 to 20 college basketball jobs, a vacancy that will attract a strong pool of candidates. And Maryland is expected aim for a high-profile successor to Williams."

- Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda, Washington Post


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