The University of Arizona Wildcats took yet another early exit in the NCAA Basketball Tournament this year, with a 73-71 upset loss to the No. 11 seeded Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.
Many fans and experts believed this year was going to be “the year” UA Coach Sean Miller takes the Wildcats to the Final Four. But this happens to be the problem that UA Fans face every year. And now, with another early exit in Miller’s seven years of coaching the Wildcats, some fans are now calling for the program to let go of their head coach.
Arizona needs to fire Sean Miller if they want to be taken seriously… Wisconsin and Xavier had far less talent #Arizona
— Reminem (@Remeford3) March 24, 2017
Now let me be frank Wildcat fans, Coach Miller is not going anywhere, and nor do you want him to! I get it, you are all emotionally tied up. An upset like what the Wildcats experienced to Xavier is heartbreaking, especially knowing that they were just two wins away from the Final Four in Phoenix. But guess what, upsets happen. It happened to Lute Olson several times. In fact, Olson had four final four appearances and one national championship in his 25 years of coaching. Miller has only been head coach for seven years, so far.
Luckily, however, not everyone is jumping on the “fire Sean Miller” train. In fact, a lot of fans have thrown themselves to protect their beloved coach from their colleagues’ backlash.
I can't believe some people are actually floating that Sean Miller should be fired. If you subscribe to this theory you are a moron.
— Roxy Bernstein (@roxybernstein) March 24, 2017
When you see someone on social media mentioning Sean Miller isn't a great coach. pic.twitter.com/eqVAZ05ebo
— Alec Sills-Trausch (@UofAlec) March 24, 2017
Miller is going to stay with the Wildcats for quite some time. Because, you know what? He is a great head coach and deserves your respect.
Let me put it this way, there’s a reason the Pac-12 Coach of the Year award was given to Miller. Nowhere else could you find a coach that has gone through so much adversity as much as Miller had to this year. He has had to face losing incoming commit Terrence Ferguson to Australia before the season began, a 19-game suspension on Allonzo Trier for a PED violation and Ray Smith’s third ACL injury and subsequent retirement from basketball. And through all that, Miller has guided the Wildcats to a 30+ win season, a Pac-12 regular season co-champion title, a Pac-12 tournament title and yes, an NCAA Sweet 16.
Now a few of you say that’s not enough. A few of you don’t believe in conference championships or number of wins, or any of that stuff. A few of you believe that the only thing that matters is Final Four appearances. And although I don’t blame you, this year was just not “the year.”
And guess what, it will happen. Sean Miller is one of the greatest recruiting coaches in the nation. Next year, the Wildcats will be bringing in the top overall prospect, DeAndre Ayton who has promised Wildcat fans a championship is coming. Not to mention KenPom also ranked Arizona No. 2 in the nation for the 2017-2018 season.
So get up Wildcat fans, and look forward. Be thankful to have as good of a coach as Sean Miller and stop calling for his departure from the team. You’ll soon realize that keeping Miller will be worthwhile.