Miller excited for future

Sean Miller met with the media on Monday and expressed his excitement over the future of the program.

Although he was involved in discussions with Maryland over the weekend, Sean Miller realized that he had just too much on the table at Arizona to walk away from the program.

"For me, like I said, it's more of taking something into consideration, period," Miller said. "Once that's taken into consideration, I know where I'm at, and I know what we have, and I know what our future can be. I didn't need, like a renewed sense of belief in it, I already had that belief, but I will say that when you have an opportunity sometimes, to do what I did does nothing but strengthen the future. I'm not that guy that's going to do this again next spring, and the spring after."

While the weekend was certainly stressful for fans, one can only imagine how damaging it was for Miller to endure the process. With it now behind him, he's ready to carry on as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats.

"It would probably be the same feelings that anyone in here would have if you were considering another opportunity," Miller said. "In my mind I wanted to make sure that I was very fair to everybody involved as much as I could be. Greg and I had ongoing conversations as it was happening, and to move quickly with the decision.

"I know it seemed like an eternity, maybe, because of how closely it was paid attention to, but in fairness it moved pretty quickly, and I'm anxious to move on. I really am. I care more about congratulating Jason Terry on making nine threes last night as part of our family than I am about talking about this.

"It's an exciting time at Arizona, with the media deal, and the coming Pac-12, and I think where our program's heading, who we have returning, and who we're trying to recruit as an Arizona fan, these are exciting times. I believe that if we can do a great job over the next six to eight months recruiting, we can build ourselves further to our goals."

Part of the difficulties with the process had to do largely with the amount of erroneous reports surrounding Miller and the Maryland vacancy. While he largely ignored the rumors, UA's head man is still a bit frustrated with the current media climate.

"It's just the way of the world right now," Miller said. "There are no repercussions for saying something that isn't true. You're able to speculate without a price. If there was a price on that speculation, you'd find that a lot of the information that's out there wouldn't ever be out there.

"When you talk about something like Twitter, and what that allows you to do in a split second, with no price to being right or wrong, sometimes that's what happens. It's unfortunate, but that's where we're at."

One of those rumors surrounding Athletic Director Greg Byrne's ability to retain Miller was that a deal was reached in principle on Saturday; a rumor that he was quick to dismiss.

"There is a misconception on the deal being done in the last 48 hours because this happened over the weekend," Miller said. "That's 100 percent false. I think Greg had talked earlier about post-UConn season ending that we had gotten together, and in fact, we had. It wasn't one meeting, it was several and a continuation.

"Whether it be understanding the huge step of the Board of Regents is, and generally different things that take time to happen, those are all things that we completely understood, and I completely understand, and we were in constant communication throughout the last six to eight weeks about that. It wasn't something that happened because of everything that happened this weekend. We've been having ongoing conversations really all spring."

But now that he has a deal in place to remain Arizona's coach for the foreseeable future, Miller's focus is back to working fast to continue to strengthen his program. While many are concerned with the recruiting fall out as a result of Miller's flirtation with Maryland, he believes it has only strengthened his position and selling points with recruits.

"I think it really reaffirms that I'm not looking to go back East, like people are saying," Miller said. "I am happy here at Arizona, and I'm here for the long haul. There are only a few opportunities that can even compare to Arizona, and if one of those comes and goes, the chances of that happening are very slim. I have felt almost the opposite reaction, and I also think that, in our recruiting those families, people understand that we are on a quest to be the best we can be, and I think they appreciate that."

As the head coach of a program with a strong legacy but one that is still considered to be up and coming, Miller knows he'll have no problem selling the Arizona brand to those perspective recruits.

"We don't have to validate Arizona," Miller said. "It speaks for itself. You can say, okay, four Final Fours, one national championship, nine Elite Eights, one of which we went to this year, how many Sweet 16s now, twelve Pac-10 titles, this is one of the greatest places in the country to be at, period."


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