Fred Glass “more confident than ever” with hiring of Archie Miller

  • 03/27/2017 9:50 pm in

It took just 10 days and one face-to-face interview for Indiana basketball to find its next head coach.

IU athletic director Fred Glass admitted Archie Miller had been on his “short list” of candidates from the very beginning.

Miller was the only one on the list that was offered the job at IU. Despite rumors and speculation of IU hiring Steve Alford or meeting with Billy Donovan, Miller was the lone candidate to personally meet with Glass.

Glass and Miller agree on vision for future of IU basketball

As the search process went on, Miller fit more and more of the criteria Glass was looking for. When it came time for the two to meet, it was a done deal.

“The most compelling piece was when we met personally,” Glass explained. “He sees this as the great opportunity that I see it. The vision that we laid out when we started our search 10 days ago or whatever is the opportunity that Archie sees. He embraces the expectations.”

While up at the podium, Miller spoke with confidence. He hinted more than once he is ready and willing to get to work. Glass kept his guard up, but left nothing to question as he introduced Miller to those seated around Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

“By getting to know Archie, I’m even more confident than ever that he is the right basketball coach for us to lead us to meet our very high expectations here at Indiana University,” Glass said. “I’ve got to say, Archie, after observing your first team meeting, I’m even more confident than ever that you’re the right guy for us.”

Miller comfortable in position, Glass comfortable with decision

An hour after the press conference formally introducing Miller as the new IU basketball head coach, Miller sat in the upper level suites of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on his cell phone.

On just his first official day, Miller already looked comfortable, making himself at home in between interviews and TV appearances.

As the time at IU expired for Tom Crean, many felt there was a disconnect between Crean and the IU administration. After it was announced IU had fired Crean, he eluded that alignment with the program ultimately led to the decision to part ways.

The majority of the initial reactions of IU’s decision to hire Miller has been positive, with national voices praising his work ethic and style of play. For Miller, it seemed IU was the next step up. For Glass and IU, the tradition-rich program needed a young, dedicated and committed coach to fill the void.

“He’s focused on the state of Indiana,” Glass said. “He wants to recruit inside-out. He’s a plain-spoken, real person that I think is really going to connect with the guys and future guys, and our former players, as well.”

Miller’s next step as head coach

“Two things happened when I was able just to talk to Fred,” Miller said. “I felt like we had an amazing conversation on all levels. I thought our conversations matched up with, so to speak, some of the questions and answers, and I felt really comfortable about it at the end, and I was very, very happy with how things turned out.”

Glass and Miller have seen eye to eye on things since the beginning, leading to a 7-year, $3.35 million per year contract for Miller at Indiana.

While Miller works on building the rest of his coaching staff, he said his goal is to build “the best staff in all of college basketball.” Glass watched attentively along with the rest of the fans, hanging on every word Miller had to say.

Bottom line is, Miller has the mindset and the resume that makes him one of the best young coaches right now. In the long term, Miller has the opportunity not only to add to the history of IU basketball, but to start the beginning of a new era for the Hoosiers.

“The expectations are set high,” Miller said, “and they’re achievable. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe that.”

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  • Speed

    This simply is a great hire. Kudos to Glass! Throw away all the Budweisers boys because it’s Miller time at IU!!

  • Mark Bando

    I wonder how long before we start hearing from any of the players? One week? Two weeks?

  • PreKnight

    I think this is the coach that will be at Indiana for decades. I think Hoosier Nation will support Coach Miller.

  • Arch Puddington

    They will indeed. He has to win, but he knows that. We’ll know sooner rather than later.

  • inLinE6

    Early April. That’s when players start to declare their intention.

  • AA Ron hoosier 4 life

    I’m very happy and excited about CAM,He seems to be the basketball junky that all iu fans are themselves!!!He has a plan and I can’t wait for next season to start!!! Thanks CTC for everything,but this just feels right and I think he gets what it means to love being a hoosier!!!

  • iugradmark

    I think things will start happening very quickly. Archie will try and convince current team to stay but he can’t hold open spots on a maybe. He has the kids Crean recruited and kids he was after at Dayton and I suspect there are a few more kids that will take his call now so if we start to see kids commit or recommit then we will know some kids are choosing to move on. I also think he already has a couple of assistants lined up

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I would be surprised if there are transfers. Just my opinion and I have nothing to support it. But I believe this is a hire that the players will be confident will help them get to the next level. Maybe TB & OG go to the NBA, maybe JBJ goes to the D-League or overseas. But in the end, I think the majority of our roster stays in tact and flourishes under AM.

  • That makes sense. The sooner kids make decisions, the quicker they can start moving on if that’s what they want to do. It’s better for them to get started on the process as well, I’d think. Talking about transfers and the commits here, not the guys who might go pro.

  • I tend to agree. I mean, would these players choose to sit out a year rather than play for Archie? A little bit of googling would seem to convince them otherwise, unless a guy is just convinced he doesn’t fit Archie’s system. And I don’t think that applies to any of the player’s we were expecting to be around next season.

  • You mean the NBA guys, or transfers/commits? Or both?

  • inLinE6

    Pretty much both I guess. I’m sure there’ll be transfer announcement in a week or so.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    I wish I could have read this article, but the page kept going to the bottom to the 3 advertisements.
    I guess I’ll read elsewhere!

  • Shaggy_C

    AFAIK Archie has never gotten a player drafted into the NBA. I think there may have been one guy from his first year who went on to the league after going undrafted but he was already a senior during Archie’s first season.

    The current players can be confident that he can help them play better as a team and win in the short term, but I’m not sure if that directly translates to them getting to the next level. In terms of a pipeline to the NBA there were not many coaches out there better than Crean so I can imagine them actually seeing some drawbacks to their career aspirations on a personal level.

  • Shaggy_C

    There is an app in the iTunes store called “AdGuard” which seems to help a bit with the more unscrupulous ads while browsing mobile sites in Safari. I had to install it when I finally got tired of redirects to the App Store to install candy crush while trying to read articles. Might be worth a try.

  • N71

    Seeing all the players at the press conference all wearing IU gear was a good sign. The body language during that window where Knight was let go was so much different, distraught is what comes to mind looking back.

  • Logical Lurker

    To be fair, he wasn’t getting the kinds of kids we get at IU either. It seems like for every diamond in the rough like Vic and OG that went unnoticed there’s 10 Cody Zeller’s and Anthony Davis’s … The trick for CAM will be getting the good kids from Indiana, finding a diamond in the rough here and there and landing a Zeller or a Davis every now and then.

    Oh … and playing defense and slowing down the turnovers. Can’t forget that!

  • Sandra Wilson

    Players getting drafted, particularly early in their career, has very little to do with the coach and much more to do with ability. Do you honestly think Calipari is the reason all the UK kids are drafted? They are the top players in the country and would have been drafted if they’d played for any coach. The only player CTC had that wouldn’t have been drafted any place else might have been Oladipo, and that’s very debatable. The players you could get to go to Dayton don’t have the initial ability required to be NBA players. Coaches can’t work miracles.

  • bball at nick’s

    I’ve been experiencing the same problem, page just suddenly drops to the ads at the bottom, and it’s difficult scrolling back up, like there’s some demon in my computer. LOL. I thought I was the only one.

  • bball at nick’s

    If he’s having the same problem I’m having, it’s different from the redirects. I suppose it is a redirect in the sense that it redirects to the bottom of the Web page or the article. Won’t let me scroll back up when it happens, until a few tries. Just seems so random, and it’s only been happening recently. I use Chrome, so I’m not sure if it’s specific to the platform I’m using.

  • N71

    Same problem.

  • cbags05

    Get Romeo.

  • IULore

    The perception is, though, play at UK and then you get drafted. The players don’t want the university to get in the way of their aspirations.

  • IULore

    Archie preaches fast, uptempo, pace pushing. That should fit our guys.

  • IULore

    It will be interesting to see the comments after the first 3 game skid.

  • Indiana_Banners

    It could be until late May. Players are now allowed to attend the NBA combine and team workouts before deciding whether or not to return to school so expect something before June but don’t be surprised if it’s quiet until then.

  • iubase

    FG did a good job getting him in now for exactly this reason.

  • Koko

    Sure would be fun to know what went on in his first meeting with
    the team.

  • Koko

    If you mean hear from the players on what they think of their new coach,
    I’m really curious to hear what they have to say too.

  • Arch Puddington

    Should you and I be the first to say he can’t coach and should be fired?

  • Then let them go elsewhere, colleges shouldn’t be for NBA development only. IU is a University, A place for higher learning. Universities moving away from that philosophy with their sports teams are no longer something I will support. I know sports programs are profit centers for the university but if that is the administrations approach then I say pay the players. I personally hate to see schools, i.e. Kentucky move in that direction.

  • iugradmark

    I posted a similar note above but I don’t think Archie will hold spaces for possible returns. I am sure he will sit down with each player individually and get a read on where their heart is. If he thinks they are ready for NBA I am sure he will help where he can but he has a program to build. If they want to transfer out because they came here for Crean or whatever, he will wish them the best.

    There are recruits that Crean was chasing that he has already reached out to and there are recruits he was after for Dayton that he has been in contact with. There are graduate transfers, etc. These kids want to finalize their recruiting so Archie can’t wait until June to let them know if they are welcome. If we see new recruits start to sign, it is because current players are moving on. I think this is going to happen pretty quickly and it has to.

  • Ole Man

    He’ll be fine. It’s the second 3-game skid that gets ya! LOL!

  • Ole Man

    He has not been in touch with his Dayton recruits as that would be an NCAA violation. They have to ask for and receive a release from Dayton before he is allowed to speak with them.

  • iugradmark

    Article in Dayton Daily News and this was included in the story:

    Darren Wolfson
    ?
    @DWolfsonKSTP

    Talked w/ Mr. Basketball @Ballislife_025. Said he has spot at Indiana, if he wants. #Gophers among those to touch base w/ 1 of his coaches.

    2:53 PM – 27 Mar 2017

  • Exactly. Time will tell, but I think we’ll end up with essentially the same team we expected next season, except for the coaching staff.

  • BangBang

    Someone close to the program told me Grant Gelon is likely tranferring to Western Carolina

  • millzy32

    Should be job 1. If he says no ask again. Then again and again until he says yes.

  • millzy32

    Did you think they’d be wearing another team’s gear? Now that…… would be a very bad sign:)

  • Ole Man

    Don’t care what any other coaches have done. NCAA rules prohibit AM from speaking with him.
    Also, Archie came out today and said he should honor his commitment to Dayton as that was where he would flourish.

  • TomJameson

    Hi Hailey, great article. As you and the rest of the staff probably know, we fans need to know everything. lol

    One thing about this piece that I’m not sure belonged in it, is the one paragraph about Tom Crean and the “alignment with the program” link. IMHO, it neither belonged, nor added pertinent content to this, an Archie Miller piece. I hope I’m not offending you with this opinion, because I really do like your writings. Just a comment to take with a grain of salt

    Thanks again for your contributions.

  • TomJameson

    I agree with you and Mark. Things need to happen sooner rather than later for Arch, the current players and recruits, and recruits that might change their minds.

    Might be a recruit or two that will ask to be release from their commitments to come to IU …. and not just Dayton recruits. It’s going to be a busy and interesting 2 weeks or so. Exciting times!

  • TomJameson

    I wouldn’t be surprised IF that turned out to be true. I look at Grant as a good 4-year player who would excel greatly at a place like Dayton (for example). But at IU his role could possibly be less, just because of the talent pool at IU.

    I’m sure Grant will do what is best for himself, but doubt if he’ll regret getting a year playing for IU, and with the talent he was playing with/against. Wow, what an experience to take to Western Carolina, right?

  • TomJameson

    Every single IU basketball fan wants to know that! Hahahaha

  • E Foy McNaughton

    There have been a total of 8 players from the A10 in the NBA since AM became the Dayton coach. None of them were high level players.

    So, maybe, just maybe, AM will produce NBA players once the has the opportunity to recruit NBA prospects. Just saying.