Arizona hires Xavier’s Miller
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.
‘‘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.