Later in his eight-year stint under Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller, James Whitford said four teams approached him about head coaching opportunities.
But Whitford said Miller never recommended he leave — until now.
That’s one reason the UA associate head coach became Ball State’s head coach on Saturday, replacing Billy Taylor, while returning to his Midwestern and Mid-American Conference roots.
Whitford, 41, said Ball State offered a combination of tradition, facilities, academics and a rich recruiting base in Indiana.
“Ball State was an easy job to take — there’s a lot of good candidates who went after it because everyone recognized it’s a really good opportunity,” Whitford said. “But I had a job that was one of the best in the country, so while it was easy to go to Ball State, it wasn’t an easy decision to leave.”
Though it meant losing his top assistant, Miller helped Whitford make the decision.
Read more in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.