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Sean Miller is a feisty, no-nonsense, cut-and-dry coach, who gets his point across. He said a cuss word yesterday during a press conference at Media Day, but it was not a shock to anybody sitting in that room.
Somebody asked Miller about outside forces suggesting players to transfer.
“A lot of times the guys giving those guys advice, have never done s–t in their lives,” Miller said.
Lute Olson prided himself on not swearing. But he is a different man, from a different era and different background.
Olson expressed himself in his own demanding style. I once sat behind the bench during Arizona’s 1997 tour of Australia. Olson never swore, not once, but he was constantly, I mean c-o-n-s-t-a-n-t-l-y on his players whether it was Miles Simon or the last guy on the bench. And that was an exhibition game.
If Miller expressed himself differently than what he is naturally, he would not be a successful younger-than-50 coach. He would be just another young coach bouncing from job to job. Nothing is happy-go-lucky about him. His style obviously works with Arizona reaching the Elite Eight three times in his six previous years with the program.
Players require a very strong voice in this day and age of social media and with those third-party elements who have never done “s–t” in their lives hanging around.
The players who have left the program prematurely have done so because of disciplinary problems or they couldn’t play defense.
The programs that come and go have leadership with a bend-but-don’t-break policy. With Miller, there are no gray areas, the way it should be, cuss words or not.
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Sean Miller in midseason form already. I like it. https://t.co/HKFKheTXmx
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