The Arizona Wildcats held Senior Day ceremonies on Saturday for Justin Coleman and Ryan Luther Sean Miller called a bittersweet moment.
The Wildcats had just lost a rivalry match with the Arizona State Sun Devils, putting a damper on what should have been a festive start.
Despite everything, Miller praised Coleman, Luther and their families for believing in Arizona when the situation was difficult, then thanked the fans of Arizona, who for the most remained in their place after the defeat.
"There is no place as magical as McKale Center," said Miller. "There are no fans in the world who are more loyal and it's been a great honor for me to coach at the McKale Center for 10 years, thank you for everything."
These last two sentences provoked widespread speculation in the world of university basketball, with some seeing a farewell speech by the head coach involved in the federal inquiry into university basketball corruption. and allegedly summoned to testify in April.
Miller did not do much to calm speculation, refusing to comment when a reporter asked him if he doubted his future.
But Miller had this to say:
"When things are not going well, it's really the definition of coaching, being able to balance the two and see things for what they really are. Likewise, when you win or feel that good things are happening, it's not as good as it seems. And I think that in the situation we are in right now, there is a lot of truth in the sense that it is not as bad as it seems. Being able to sell that to your team and to everyone is part of the main coaching job and it's not easy. "
For its value, the AU administration has fully supported Miller in the controversy. Sports director Dave Heeke said in February that anything said contrary was against the rule. "Completely false."
With regard to the above-mentioned speculation, here are several examples among media members from across the country:
I will say that. If Sean Miller and Arizona negotiate a mutual separation over the next few weeks, it would not surprise anyone in college basketball.
– Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 10, 2019
He thanked the crowd for the last 10 years. It looks like he's aware tonight was his last match as a home coach at home https://t.co/Ex2M29NtbF
– Jason Horowitz (@HorowitzJason) March 10, 2019
Very interesting comments from Sean Miller after today's match. "It's been a great honor for me to coach at the McKale Center for 10 years." Https://t.co/5aSH6pmSwp
– Jeff Goodman (@ GoodmanHoops) March 9, 2019