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He flew to Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday to meet with Livengood and Shelton. Miller returned to Cincinnati later in the day aboard a private jet owned by an Arizona booster.
Miller will inherit a program with an elite reputation but short on talent because of its tenuous coaching situation.
Olson took a leave of absence in the 2007-08 season but planned to return last fall. Just before the season started, he retired for health reasons.
Russ Pennell took over as interim coach with the understanding that he would not be Olson's permanent replacement. Pennell guided the team to a 21-14 record and the program's 25th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
The Wildcats made a surprising run to the Midwest Regional semifinals before being routed by Louisville. Two prominent members of the team, juniors Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill, are expected to leave for the NBA. Junior point guard Nic Wise also may turn pro.
That would leave Miller with a major rebuilding job because the program has essentially missed two recruiting seasons, not counting the current one.
Miller signed a 10-year contract extension with Xavier after the team went 30-7 and reached the regional finals in 2007-08. He was making $850,000 per year, but insisted money was not a factor in the move.
Miller was an assistant to Arizona State coach Herb Sendek and the two remain close friends. He was lead assistant to Thad Matta for three seasons at Xavier before taking over when Matta left in 2004.
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