By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Shortly after a report surfaced from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette saying that Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller discussed the Pittsburgh Panthers head coaching job with Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke, Miller has responded to the claims. The report, which cited sources, said Miller was interested in the job.
He has now denied the claims in a tweet.
This past season was Miller’s ninth season at Arizona. The Ellwood City, Pa. native has gone 247-74 in his tenure with the Wildcats.
This season, the Wildcats went 27-8 overall and 14-4 within the Pac-12 Conference. However, the No. 4 seeded Arizona was bounced from the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in their first-round game to No. 13 Buffalo Bulls.
This was the third straight year that the Wildcats were defeated by a team, who was seeded higher than No. 10. Last year, they lost in the Sweet Sixteen to No. 11 Xavier Musketeers, 73-71, at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
The year prior, in 2015, they lost to the No. 11 Wichita State Shockers, 65-55, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
There have only been two seasons in Miller’s coaching career that he has not won more than 20 games. During his first-season as Xavier’s head coach in 2004-05, he guided the team to a 17-12 record.
In his first season at Arizona, he guided the team to a 16-15 record in 2009-10.
The Panthers have not made the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 2016 when they lost to No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers, 47-43. Pittsburgh has made the NCAA Tournament 26 times, but they are 23-26 all-time.
The school made the Elite Eight twice in school history. First, it happened in 1974 when they lost 100-72 to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
They also made the Elite Eight in 2009 when they lost 78-76 to the No. 3 Villanova Wildcats.
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