Arizona hires Xavier’s Miller

Published 3:19 am Tuesday, April 7, 2009

CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Miller of Xavier has accepted the head coaching job at Arizona, ending the Wildcats’ sometimes frustrating search for a high-profile replacement for Hall of Famer Lute Olson.

The university announced the hiring on Monday after a confusing few hours in which it was first reported by several media outlets that Miller had turned down the job.

The 40-year-old coach met with Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski and informed the school he was leaving after five years, then told the players in a meeting later in the afternoon.

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‘‘I did my best to follow my heart,’’ Miller said.

He was scheduled to be introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Tucson.

Miller led the Musketeers to the Elite Eight last year and received a contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Xavier reached the round of 16 again this season.