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Coach search fun: Tubby enters fray, and allergies matter

After it seemed, late last night, that Maryland was moving to hire Arizona coach Sean Miller as quickly as possible, Saturday has dawned calm and relatively quiet.

Our beat writer, Jeff Barker, is reporting that, according to Maryland sources, Miller is a candidate but athletic director Kevin Anderson is also waiting to hear back from another person he contacted about the job.

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Meanwhile, Don Markus reports that sources close to Miller and coaches in the area believe Miller has interest, and would be a strong recruiter in the area.

There's a recruiting guru type fella who seems pretty tied in to West Coast happenings reporting, via Twitter, that Miller and Maryland will meet in Vegas today. Miller's there to take part in a coaching clinic. Kevin Anderson is there because he really loves that fake little Eiffel Tower. And also to hire a coach.

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Much of the conversation regarding why Miller would leave a good job where he has recruited well centers on two things: his East coast and ACC ties (born in Western Pennsylvania, was an assistant at N.C. State) and the fertile recruiting ground that literally surrounds College Park. It's always nice to be able to recruit DeMatha and Baltimore Nike Elite without having to get on a plane.

In Minneapolis, speculation surrounding Tubby Smith, who has seemed on the verge of bolting since leaving Kentucky (before they could run him out) for a middle-of-the-pack (at best) Big Ten job, continues to mount. The Star-Tribune reports that Smith hasn't done anything to quash the speculation, and that, as a Maryland native, he's long considered taking over the Terps to be a dream job.

Where have we heard that before?

For what's it worth, both crazy guy Dick Vitale and CBS angry columnist Gregg Doyel have taken to Twitter to endorse Smith's candidacy.

More to come, surely.

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