N. Dakota State coach stays with Bison

Updated: April 20, 2006, 6:07 PM ET
Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State University men's basketball coach Tim Miles says he is staying with the Bison.

Miles made the announcement Thursday afternoon at the Bison Sports Arena. NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor had confirmed Wednesday that Miles was offered the head coaching spot at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Miles said there was no formal offer, but he refused to elaborate "out of respect" for Wilmington's job search.

The offer was made a day after a UNC-Wilmington search committee endorsed North Carolina-Charlotte assistant coach Benny Moss for the job. Wilmington athletic director Mike Capaccio declined comment.

"I'm not going to get into the semantics of everything," Miles said. "I will tell you that Mike Capaccio and I had discussions specific to the job."

Capaccio and Miles both have degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck.

"Mike Capaccio was great through this whole process," Miles said. "I'm indebted to him for giving me an opportunity to go out in an area that's out of our region."

The Wilmington job opened up when Brad Brownell resigned to accept a position at Wright State in Ohio.

Miles was hired by the Bison in 2001 and signed a five-year contract extension in 2004. He and his assistant coaches recently received raises, he said.

"I'm greatly appreciative of that," Miles said. "Money's great and all, don't get me wrong, but that's not what this was about."

The interest in Miles shows that NDSU is more than "a transitional Division I independent," Bison athletic director Gene Taylor said.

"I'm obviously pleased that Tim is staying," Taylor said. "But if we would have taken the job, we certainly would have patted him on the back and wished him a lot of luck."

Taylor noted that two other Bison coaches, as well as school president Joseph Chapman, recently decided to stay at NDSU instead of pursuing offers at other schools.

"I think it speaks volumes about NDSU as an institution and as an athletic program," Taylor said.

Miles has a career record at NDSU of 79-63, including a 16-12 mark this past season in the school's first year as a Division I team. He has a 192-124 record in 11 years as a collegiate head coach.

The Bison received national attention by beating Wisconsin on the road last season.

"I'm happy to be here," Miles said. "We have more work to do."

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