Sean Miller agrees to contract extension at Arizona, spurns Maryland

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats signals his players as they take on the Santa Clara Broncos during the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 26 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. Arizona won 82-59. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Well, that's over; Greg Byrne announced Saturday night that Sean Miller will indeed stay at Arizona, agreeing to a contract extension to remain in Tucson instead of leave to a tempting Maryland position in the wake of Gary Williams' retirement.

"Sean and I have had many positive conversations and have been working on a revised contract for some time," Byrne said in a press release. "I'm pleased to confirm that we have agreed to an amendment to Sean's contract that we hope will keep him in Tucson for many years to come."

This comes right after everyone wanted to rip Byrne's head off, when Miller was supposedly not getting along with him, and after many East Coast media outlets thought that Miller was heading back to the other side of the Mississippi.

It's mostly an interesting story of how people just don't get it right. Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com got it right, saying that Miller considered and offer but was likely quick to make a decision. And in the end, Byrne didn't do so bad, trying to fix up Arizona's facilities and ultimately not being an unfairly-labeled scapegoat.

Miller said the following in a press release:

"In the last two years, we have done many things to strengthen the program from an improved locker room and practice facility, to our recruiting efforts. We will continue to work towards getting better in all areas as we move forward.

"Over the last two days, the amount of inaccuracies that surrounded this entire process has been very disappointing. Hopefully, this will put an end to such speculation. Believe me when I tell you, our administration has done everything to keep me here and ensure that this will be among the elite programs in the nation.

"I've said many times that I really liked the direction the new Pac-12 Conference is heading, and Wednesday's announcement says without a doubt that we are entering a new era of increased exposure and competitive excellence. I fully expect Arizona to be a leader for many years to come, and, with the help of our administration, continue to rise to the challenge in meeting the needs of our elite-level program. 

 

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