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Miller tells ESPN he might skip season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Miller knows his price, and the Indiana Pacers have yet to meet it.

And unless they do, Miller said Thursday he might be willing to sit out the 1996-97 season.

In an interview on ESPN's Up Close with Chris Myers to be aired tonight, Miller said his price is $10 million and that the Pacers have yet to come up with a satisfactory offer.

"As it stands now, I'll probably miss training camp the way negotiations are going," Miller said.

"It would be unfortunate to sit out," Miller said when asked if he would skip the coming season. "I don't think anyone wants to sit out. If that's going to be my only option, I would probably have to."

Pacers president Donnie Walsh told The Associated Press he thought negotiations had been going well.

Walsh said additional talks with Miller and his agent, Arn Tellum, are scheduled for next week.

SUU hoop schedule

Nine of Southern Utah's 27 games in the upcoming 1996-97 men's basketball season are against teams that participated in the 1996 NCAA Tournament or NIT.

Among SUU's opponents this year are two schools that have claimed national championships in the 90s (Arkansas and UNLV), in-state power Utah, Charlie Spoonhour's St. Louis Billikins and new Western Athletic Conference member, Tulsa. SUU's home slate is highlighted by Gonzaga, UC Irvine, Montana State, Portland, Oral Roberts and Fairfield.

"There aren't many breaks on that schedule," said SUU Head Coach Bill Evans. "With only 11 home games and names like Utah and Arkansas on the schedule you know it's going to be a big challenge."

SUU will compete as an independent during the upcoming season before joining the Mid-Continent Conference in 1997-98.

See schedule on Page D4.

Region 5 on Saturday

The Deseret News' prep football previews resume Saturday with Region 5. Region 6/7 will be profiled Sunday with Region 8 slated for Monday.