The thing I like best about Archie Miller being named basketball coach at Indiana University is that I know nothing about him.
I had no response to the news a day ago that IU athletic director Fred Glass had tabbed Miller – I mean none. Not a whoop, smile, frown, or grimace. The news had no impact upon me whatsoever.
Miller has spent the last six years coaching basketball at the University of Dayton – less than two hours from my house – and I have no opinion about him as a person whatsoever.
I am prone to the quick development of opinions. I feel something about almost everything, and somehow this coach leading the best program in the Atlantic 10 never made an impact on me one way or another.
We all know the things – the resume’ – that put Miller on the list of candidates Indiana considered. Dayton has won the A10 the last two years, earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament at the end of each of the last four seasons, and went to the Elite Eight in 2014. Continue reading
Archie Miller might be the perfect guy to lead Indiana basketball to its next era of hanging banners.
His ability to lead may be second only to George Patton. Those five banners might welcome a sixth and seventh to the rafters at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall because of his rare genius.
What Miller is definitively not is the sexy choice.
Billy Donovan energized the conversation yesterday as erroneous and hilarious reports swirled that he and his wife visited Bloomington for a round of house hunting.
Steve Alford was a popular candidate among the traditionalists who yearned for a bridge to IU’s last joyful championship celebration.
Brad Stevens was a pipe dream, but hope in the improbable was made rational by the empty office formerly occupied by Tom Crean.
Even Dane Fife would have brought a youthful and ultra-competitive exuberance as well as a link to the past to Bloomington.
Miller? Logical, competent, and clearly the best coach in the Atlantic 10.
Kent Sterling hosts the fastest growing sportstalk show in Indianapolis on CBS Sports 1430 every weekday from 3p-7p, and writes about Indiana sports at kentsterling.com.
“You see, you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself,” Rick Nelson, Garden Party.
Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass has a decision to make – assuming it hasn’t already been made – and the only person worth pleasing is Fred Glass.
Consensus building is unnecessary in the hiring of a basketball coach – even at a university where basketball is as important as it is in Indiana.
The downside can be losing games, NCAA violations, or shame brought by behaviorally challenged students. The upside? Championships, compliance, and pride in young men doing the right thing as they evolve into functional adults.
At risk is not quite the fate of the free world.