Miller reportedly taking Arizona job
John Calipari decided to leave. Sean Miller reportedly decided to stay. Then he reportedly did an about-face and took the Arizona job on Monday.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Miller is leaving Xavier to coach the Wildcats, one day after meeting with Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood and rejecting the school's offer late Sunday night.
Xavier AD Mike Bobinski wrote ESPN.com's Andy Katz in a text message on Sunday: "Nothing firm at this moment, but I remain very optimistic that Sean Miller will continue as our head basketball coach at Xavier."
A statement from the school could come on Monday.
Calipari, a good friend of Miller's, told ESPN.com that Miller was struggling with the same decision he had just battled before leaving Memphis for Kentucky.
Miller "has a potential Final Four team coming back next season, loves where he lives, has security and is paid well and has the best job in his league, yet has to decide whether or not this is the right job for him to explore," Calipari said earlier Sunday.
While Calipari accepted the challenge of a big-name program, Miller reportedly opted to remain with a program that he has taken to four NCAA tournaments in his five years.
Andy Katz covers college basketball for ESPN.com.
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