WildcatAuthority.com: Can you relate to the situation he's facing right now?
Lute Olson: Yeah, I had some opportunities to move on. I'm sure he's wondering what decision he should make if the offer is on the table. I don't know, but I understand there's a short list. You know the only thing I've said is Sean is a perfect fit here; I'd hate to see him leave. But he's going to have to do what he thinks is the right thing for him and the family.
WildcatAuthority.com: If Sean Miller were to call you today and ask for your advice, what would you tell him?
Lute Olson: I would just tell him he has to go with what he thinks is the best decision for himself and for his family.
WildcatAuthority.com: Have you had any contact with Greg Byrne or anyone from Arizona Athletics?
Lute Olson: No, I haven't.
WildcatAuthority.com: What have you heard about the other potential candidates for Maryland?
Lute Olson: I've just heard Mike Brey from Norte Dame who's from the East Coast and I heard something about Jamie Dixon. Jamie would certainly be a prime candidate. He's been one of the prime candidates for a lot of jobs over the last couple years.
WildcatAuthority.com: Where would you say that the Maryland job ranks?
Lute Olson: It's a very desirable job, but it's not Duke and it's not North Carolina. In that league, I think the two schools that are usually going to be playing for the title will be Duke and Carolina. We won the Pac-10 here. Certainly he would be competing for every championship here, whereas at Maryland I think it would be hard to replace North Carolina and Duke with their recruiting edges.
WildcatAuthority.com: There's a lot of talk about the benefits of Maryland's recruiting turf. Do you feel like it would be an advantage recruiting there as oppose to the West Coast?
Lute Olson: Well, probably because of the East Coast and the presence of New York City and Washington D.C., but no matter what one says about it, they're going to have a hard time beating Duke and North Carolina in recruiting.