Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller issued a statement today expressing that he welcomes the Pac-12’s decision to postpone all sports until at least January because of safety concerns involving the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The announcement made yesterday regarding the delay to the start of our season did not come as a surprise to our Pac-12 coaching group,” Miller said in the statement. “Since the early part of April, we have been communicating regularly on several topics, including the 2020-21 season.
“The new start date gives our conference the best opportunity to have a successful season in the safest environment possible for everyone involved, especially the student-athletes.”
He added that his program appreciates the “leadership of President (Robert C.) Robbins has provided our campus during these uncertain times.”
Robbins, a renowned heart surgeon who became Arizona’s 22nd president on June 1, 2017, said yesterday during the “Eye on the Ball” radio show of the Pac-12’s decision: “When you look at the whole picture, it’s just better to be on that side of caution, putting safety first.”
Miller added that he is eager to welcome Arizona’s players safely back on campus. Not all of his incoming recruits, including seven foreign players have arrived in Tucson as of now.
“Our staff is looking forward to utilizing the coming months to develop our team and build for the beginning of an exciting New Year,” Miller said.
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