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Miller decides to remain at Arizona

Sean Miller (Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)
Sean Miller won't be leaving Arizona after leading the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.
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Sean Miller is staying at Arizona.

Miller told FOXSports.com he has decided to remain in Tucson, just hours after meeting with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson in Las Vegas.

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Miller, 42, was thought to be leaning towards going to Maryland, a job he had also held in high regard, but a strong relationship with Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne and success in recruiting were critical in remaining in Tucson.

"The support we've had as a program at Arizona is unprecedented," Miller said late Saturday night. "It's a place that's very, very difficult to leave. I'm an honored and elated to be the coach here and happy to be here for a long, long time."

Despite the loss of star Derrick Williams to the NBA, Arizona will still be able to compete for the Pac-10 title this season due to a recruiting class loaded with elite talent, including guards Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson.

Miller also has a pair of top 100 frontcourt guys — Angelo Chol and Sidiki Johnson — coming in this season and already has a commitment from one of the top big men in the Class of 2012 — Grant Jarrett — in the Class of 2012.

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Miller and his staff are also involved with fellow 2012 frontcourt player Brandon Ashley and hosted one of the elite players in the Class of 2013 — Chris Thomas — on an unofficial visit earlier this weekend.

At Maryland, it would have been somewhat of a rebuilding process. The Terps didn't make the NCAA tournament last season and lost their best player — sophomore big man Jordan Williams — to the NBA.

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