Arizona coach Sean Miller: 'I have no interest' in Pittsburgh job

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Arizona coach Sean Miller announced that he has "no interest" in the coaching vacancy at Pittsburgh, saying he has "one of the great jobs in college basketball" and ending speculation that he might pursue a return to his alma mater.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the university and city of Pittsburgh," Miller said in a statement released Tuesday, one day after Jamie Dixon left the Panthers to take the job at TCU. "My memories and friendships of my time as a student-athlete are the best and strongest of my lifetime.

"However, I have one of the great jobs in college basketball at Arizona. I have no interest in becoming the head coach at Pitt."

Dixon was 328-123 at Pitt, where he led the Panthers to Big East regular-season titles in 2004 and 2011 before the school moved to the Athletic Coast Conference three years ago. Pitt was 21-12 this season and lost to Wisconsin 47-43 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

"I wish them luck in replacing Jamie Dixon, a tremendous coach and person, who did an incredible job in his time there," Miller said.

Miller, 47, has coached Arizona for the last seven years and guided the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance this season.

Arizona lost to Wichita State Shockers in the tournament's first round, ending a string of three straight trips to at least the Sweet 16.

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