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Miller, Lyke discuss Panthers head coaching job

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Panthers have discussed their vacant head coaching job with Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Craig Meyer. The Panthers have been looking for a head coach since they fired Kevin Stallings following a disastrous 2017-18 season.

Miller, who also went through a lot this season at Arizona, discussed the job with Panthers athletic director Heather Lyke. According to the Post-Gazette’s story, Miller is interested in the job.

Arizona Wildcats Head coach Sean Miller reacts in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Sean Miller reacts in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Panthers have also expressed interest in Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley. However, he’s mulling multiple offers, including one from the Connecticut Huskies.

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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, that 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, California

The year prior, in 2015, they lost to the No. 11 Wichita State Shockers, 65-55, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

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.

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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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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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