Around the Hall: Archie Miller sits down with local columnists

  • 04/05/2017 5:48 pm in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff. This special edition of Around the Hall is a roundup of columns from Archie Miller’s roundtable discussion earlier today with local columnists:

Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes: At Indiana, (Archie) Miller time begins at home

Miller has invested more time in developing relationships with the players on Tom Crean’s final IU team than he has in finalizing every member of his new staff. He’ll complete his coaching lineup later but said it would certainly have a Dayton flavor.

That’s a change from the way Miller established himself at Dayton because what he learned in his last transition is building relationships with his new players is what matters.

“I didn’t drive to Indy and start running around meeting high school coaches,” Miller said. “I sat in the office and dealt with Thomas (Bryant, IU’s sophomore center, who is considering a move to the NBA). I dealt with Collin (Hartman, the senior Miller recruited to return for a fifth season with the Hoosiers) …

“You have to get a feel for what’s going on around you before you start doing things. There’s going to be plenty of time for that stuff … To me getting the lay of the land has been a lot more important than starting off saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got to do 9,000 things in the next four days and make sure I’m the best at all of them.’ I’m just going to stink at everything if I do that.”

Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star: Miller isn’t tempering expectations – he’s raising them

Starbucks coffee in the morning, Mother Bear’s pizza at night. Delivery, because Archie Miller isn’t leaving Assembly Hall for something as silly as sustenance. For a week after being hired at IU, Miller was leaving the Indiana Memorial Union’s Biddle Hotel and heading to Starbucks, where his mobile order — dark bold roast, choo-choo: he’s gone — is ready. He’s at Assembly Hall by 8 a.m. Gone at 10. That’s 10 at night.

These are long days, but this is a big job. And Archie Miller came here to win big. At one point Wednesday he is talking about the national championship game, and how North Carolina won it, and how “there’s no reason Indiana can’t be UNC,” and by that he means a national champion. IU has been that before, been a national champion multiple times and Archie Miller knows that, but he didn’t come to IU to bask in those memories. He came to IU to create more.

Jeremy Price of The Herald-Times: Miller aiming for IU to win sooner than later

The approach may be one of patience, but don’t think for a minute that Miller intends to take advantage of the honeymoon period often accorded to a new coach.

His competitiveness just won’t allow that to be the case.

“Expectations are something that a lot of people want to temper, and if you get off to a slow start, obviously people are going to give you the cushion,” Miller said. “I don’t operate like that. I want to win now. The highest starting point Indiana University can have, that’s my goal, that’s what I have to do.

“If that doesn’t work out best in my favor, so be it. No excuses. We want to start off the highest possible place we can.”

Greg Gottfried of The Indiana Daily Student: A roundtable around a rectangular table with Archie Miller

My first realization is that, yes, Miller knows how to smile. He even laughs when the moment calls for it. On several different occasions — when pressed on the possibility of kickstarting a rivalry with Arizona and his brother Sean to the bombshell that he almost never eats lunch but loves Mother Bear’s delivery — Miller’s lips moved in a curve that can definitely be classified as more than nothing but less than a beam. Perhaps the Mona Lisa would be the best comparison.

Beaming may not be his thing, but it seems like basketball is. Although “overwhelmed” at his introductory press conference, his insistence of reviving IU basketball shone through. This sentiment persisted behind closed doors as well.

Miller does not seem worried about the offense. The skill sets are there, and the players are in place to put the ball in the basket. Defense is a different monster.

Answering a question about instituting the “tough, nasty” defense he referenced in his introductory press conference, Miller quickly responded with the need for his players to just “start tackling each other tomorrow.” The small crowd responded with some laughs. Apparently, Miller knows how to craft a joke.

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  • IdahoHoosier

    Takes quite a man to take on this job. Not only is Miller taking on the job but seems to be coming in swinging. Keep up the hard work! The fans are ready to get behind you Archie!

  • TomJameson

    I’m glad to see that Archie isn’t worried about the offense, he knows his players can score buckets. So it sounds like his priority is working on the defense. That’s great news, to me anyway. Means he’s not going to try to fix something that isn’t broken.

    That’s not to say he won’t be working on his own offensive schemes but, like I said, prioritize fixing what is broken (defense).

  • HoosierMetsFan

    Maybe its the New Yorker in me talking, but Butch’s has better pizza than Mother Bear’s.

  • pcantidote

    Anyone have any theories on why he’s doing so much media? Obviously the guy has a ton to do, but he must see some utility in all of these interviews. I just don’t have enough insight on the job to appreciate why he would be investing so much time. I feel confident it has nothing to do with his ego though. He doesn’t seem like the type (which is something about him that I am growing to like very quickly).

  • banarish

    For one thing, it’s a good way to get his message out to those ‘grassroots’ to which he has referred.

  • Ole Man

    Just guesses:
    1. The Indiana program is more nationally prominent than we, the fan base, may have given it credit for
    2. He’s “building the brand”
    3. He has more time now, since he is not allowed to spend as much with the players or recruit as much
    4. He’s a pretty well respected coach already and his move to IU is more newsworthy than we or he expected.

  • bball at nick’s

    I agree with 1, 2, 4 but not 3. He said he’s putting in 20-hour work days and has hardly had a chance to see Bloomington yet. But then again maybe the bulk of it is interviews, or spending time reading ITH, LOL.

  • pcantidote

    More specifically, reading the comments on ITH 😉 Hi Arch!

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  • bball at nick’s

    Of course, that’s the time-consuming part. Wait a minute, there are actual articles on ITH? LOL.

  • adam

    i have the feeling he’s not going out and trying to find ways to talk to the media, theyre coming to him. its pretty obvious that we have a rabid fanbase that gobbles any and everything up immediately, if the guy says yes to an interview why wouldnt the media keep after it? clicks and stories make money

  • Logical Lurker

    I agree. It’s the big story in the state and frankly one of the bigger stories in basketball nationally (at least for a little longer). He needs to stay out in front and say the right things because recruits, fans aau and hs coaches are all listening.

  • Lance76

    Bingo

  • HoosierBballNut

    It gave me great relief to read that he expects all of the players to come back, except OJ, TB, JBJ pending on NBA decisions. That is music to my ears 🙂