Arizona President Says Ohio State Can Hire Sean Miller ‘Over My Dead Body’

By Tim Shoemaker on June 7, 2017 at 9:38 am
Arizona head coach Sean Miller
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Sean Miller is an obvious name that popped up for Ohio State's head coaching vacancy.

Miller, the head coach at Arizona since 2009, is a Midwestern native who coached at Pittsburgh, NC State and Xavier before taking over the Wildcats.

At Xavier, Miller worked as an assistant under former head coach Thad Matta. When Matta left to become the head coach at Ohio State, Miller succeeded him as head coach of the Musketeers.

So it kind of made sense Miller's name was a popular one to replace Matta as head coach of the Buckeyes.

Not so fast, apparently.

In an interview with The Arizona Republic and, new Arizona president Dr. Robert Robbins said Ohio State could hire Miller "over my dead body."


Only a few days on the job, the new University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins found himself confronting speculation that Ohio State may try to lure away the university's head basketball coach Sean Miller. 

“The Ohio State University is great university, but they are not going to get Coach Miller," Robbins said during a wide-ranging interview with The Arizona Republic and "They will have to come over me to get him, as the saying goes, over my dead body."

Well, then. 

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