Arizona coach Sean Miller in conversation about Pitt basketball opening

Arizona coach Sean Miller and Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke have discussed the Panthers’ vacant head coaching position, according to Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The former Pitt player is interested in returning to his alma mater, according to Meyer.

Miller has since disputed the report, releasing a statement that says, “I am not a candidate for the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball head coaching vacancy. I wish them well in their search for a new coach.”

Miller had a chaotic ninth season at Arizona between the arrest of his former assistant, Emanuel Richardson, as part of the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball and the Feb. 25 ESPN report that stated the FBI had a wiretap of Miller discussing a $100,000 payment for freshman phenom Deandre Ayton.

The season also came to a disappointing end when Arizona was upset in the the NCAA Tournament by 13-seed Buffalo, 89-68, in the Round of 64.

Miller ranks second all-time in assists at Pitt (744) and 21st in points scored (1,282). He was an assistant under Ralph Willard in 1995-96. In nine years at Arizona, he has amassed a record 247-74 and won five Pac-12 regular season championships and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. He coached at Xavier for five seasons before going to Arizona, going 120-47 there.

From a strict basketball perspective, Miller would be a terrific hire for a program searching to get back to the heights Jamie Dixon had them at. The questions surrounding basketball, however, may be too daunting to make the move.

Pitt’s coaching search comes after the March 8 firing of Kevin Stallings, who went 24-41 (5-34 ACC) in his two seasons at the helm.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Tuesday that Pitt offered Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley more than $3 million to be the 16th coach in program history.

Pitt has also interviewed former Ohio State coach Thad Matta.

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