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BGSU's Miller a possible candidate for New Mexico job


BGSU head coach Curt Miller waves the net after his team defeated Eastern Michigan during the 2011 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Final at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

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BOWLING GREEN -- Curt Miller, coach of Bowling Green State University's women's basketball team, has been mentioned as a candidate for the women's basketball position at the University of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal speculated Thursday that Miller is a candidate for the position at New Mexico. The Lobos are looking to replace Don Flanagan, who retired following a 13-18 season, the Lobos' first losing campaign since 1995-96, Flanagan's first season as coach.

"I do not make a habit of speculating on job openings at other schools for any of our coaches," BGSU athletics director Greg Christopher said in a statement released by the university. "With eight consecutive seasons of 20 wins or more, and seven consecutive trips to national postseason play, the Bowling Green program has achieved a level of success unparalleled in Mid-American Conference history.

"I am excited about the future of BGSU women’s basketball."

When asked if New Mexico had asked for permission to speak with Miller, Christopher declined further comment.

MIller's name has been linked to the job at New Mexico largely through his connection with Paul Krebs. Krebs, currently the athletic director of the Lobos, formerly held the same position at Bowling Green and hired Miller as women's basketball coach in 2001.

Last season Miller led Bowling Green to a 28-5 record and the Mid-American Conference tournament title as well as the Falcons' fifth NCAA tournament appearance. Miller has a record of 234-85 in his ten seasons at BG.

"Any time you are mentioned as a candidate for a job, it is flattering," Miller said in a statement. "The rumors are actually a compliment to programs that have achieved success at a championship level."

Miller will be on the road starting Friday, when an open recruiting period for women's basketball begins.

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