Coach Sean Miller agrees to contract extension

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne announced Saturday that men's basketball Head Coach Sean Miller has agreed to a contract extension.

"Sean and I have had many positive conversations and have been working on a revised contract for some time," said Byrne.  "I'm pleased to confirm that we have agreed to an amendment to Sean's contract that we hope will keep him in Tucson for many years to come."

Terms of the extension were not immediately available and are subject to approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Following the agreement, Miller responded with the following statement:

I want everyone to know that I remain strongly committed to rebuilding Arizona into a championship program.  Since arriving here two years ago, our staff has received a tremendous amount of support from the University of Arizona and Wildcat fans across the country.  That support was one of the driving forces behind our Pac-10 championship this season.

I am very pleased with my situation here at Arizona and feel that President Shelton, Greg Byrne and the UA have made every effort to provide our program with the tools necessary to be successful.

In the last two years, we have done many things to strengthen the program from an improved locker room and practice facility, to our recruiting efforts.  We will continue to work towards getting better in all areas as we move forward.

Over the last two days, the amount of inaccuracies that surrounded this entire process has been very disappointing.  Hopefully, this will put an end to such speculation.  Believe me when I tell you, our administration has done everything to keep me here and ensure that this will be among the elite programs in the nation.

I've said many times that I really liked the direction the new Pac-12 Conference is heading, and Wednesday's announcement says without a doubt that we are entering a new era of increased exposure and competitive excellence.  I fully expect Arizona to be a leader for many years to come, and, with the help of our administration, continue to rise to the challenge in meeting the needs of our elite-level program.

While it's flattering to be mentioned as a candidate for job openings, such speculation only means that our staff is doing great things here in Tucson.

Friday morning, rumors began circulating in earnest that Coach Miller was likely headed for the recently vacated Head Coaching position at the University of Maryland.

Maryland coach Gary Williams retired suddenly Thursday.

In his second year at Arizona, Miller guided the Wildcats to a 30-8 record (14-4
Pac-10) and along the way won the 2011 Pac-10 Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament West Regional final.  It marked the fourth time in school history that an Arizona squad has won 30 or more games.

Miller has a career record of 166-70 (.703) in seven seasons as a college head coach and 46-23 (.667) in two seasons at Arizona.  He was the 2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.