Sean Miller’s closest friends from Pitt are coming to the game tomorrow to watch him coach against the Panthers. Jason Matthews and Darelle Porter are flying in from Pittsburgh. Bobby Martin, a personal trainer to college and professional athletes, lives in Boston.
They, along with Brian Shorter, formed the most heralded recruiting class in Pitt history in 1987. John Calipari recruited most of them to Pitt when he was an assistant under Paul Evans.
Matthews was hoping Shorter would find his way to Boston to support Sean, but he said Shorter has not kept in as close contact as everyone else from the class.
Porter spoke with Miller soon after Xavier won its second-round game. The others have traded text messages with Sean.
Miller has some other close friends on the Pitt bench. Pitt trainer Tony Salesi was in Miller's wedding and got close to him when Miller missed a season while rehabilitating a foot injury. Brian Regan, Jamie Dixon's director of basketball operations, has known Sean since childhood. He also was a graduate assistant coach under Evans during Sean's time at Pitt.
They all had some very interesting stories to tell about Sean. You can read about it in tomorrow’s Post-Gazette.