Roundup: What potential candidates are saying about the IU job

  • 03/18/2017 8:05 am in

Indiana’s coaching search is less than two days old, but several potential candidates have already been asked publicly for their thoughts on the opening.

In our roundup below, we bring you public comments made by potential candidates over the last 48 hours:

Dayton’s Archie Miller, who was asked about the opening immediately after his team’s 64-58 loss to Wichita State on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:

Q. Archie, I know you just lost, but your name’s been linked to the Indiana job. I just wonder what your thoughts were. I know it’s close.

COACH MILLER: No thoughts.

UCLA’s Steve Alford, who was asked about the opening on Thursday in advance of his team’s NCAA tournament opening round matchup with Kent State:

Q. Coach, when and how did you hear about Crean at Indiana’s firing today, and is it your goal to get back to Indiana? If so, would you take a phone call at the end of the season?

STEVE ALFORD: I don’t know how I found out. It’s just news. It’s March Madness, and unfortunately in our business you’re either on top or something like this is happening to all of us. I’ve been in a long time, 26 years now. So I’ve seen things evolve and how they go, but that’s never been something that I look at, whether it be that job or other jobs. I learned a long time ago when I was probably four or five years into the job, I started interviewing for jobs that that’s what I wanted.

When I quickly trusted God and my faith my journey has taken me to places I had no idea that that was going to be my journey and I’ve fallen in love with every spot. I’ve met great people, great institutions. Obviously, that was 30 years ago. I was a part of that. I stood on stage with a great group of guys and won a National Championship. It’s my home state. I played there.

So obviously all that comes up, but I love UCLA. I love Los Angeles. You’re talking about arguably the greatest “brand” anywhere on the planet, and we got things going at a very high level now and we’re very excited about it. We’re excited about being in this tournament and seeing what we can do in this tournament.

Q. Would you take a phone call?

STEVE ALFORD: That’s really going to be my comment about that situation. I don’t want that to be what this is about. This is about us. This is about what this group of guys are doing and that’s what my focus is.

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was asked about job openings on Thursday in advance of his team’s first round NCAA tournament game against Dayton:

Q. Every year, your name comes up when there’s coaching vacancies and, obviously, that’s kind of happening again this year. I’m wondering with those frustrations or challenges with scheduling and seeding, could that ever be a tipping point for you to go elsewhere? Are those things you consider when you’re getting offers?

COACH MARSHALL: Not really. First of all, I don’t know what you’re talking about. No one’s talked to me or no one’s talked to anybody that represents me. There’s been no discussion of any of these jobs. In fact, I don’t even know what jobs are open, to be honest.

There’s a lot of action that takes place every day and every week, it seems.

We value the life that we lead. Whether we’re taken care of, we’ve got a great administration at Wichita State. They’ve been very, very supportive and generous and kind to my family. I’ve got — not just me, but I’ve got my family and I’ve got my players.

We think we’ve got something really good going, so I don’t really worry about it. I think it’s very humbling to have your name mentioned with these jobs. Sometimes, I listen. Ultimately, maybe I’ll take one. But right now, we’re very, very happy where we are.

The City of Wichita is a wonderful place to live, and it’s treated my family and a lot of people very, very well. We’re very content. But at the same time, we don’t bury our head in the sand. I’ve said that before. We listen. Maybe there will be a time for to us make a move, but I don’t know when that’s going to be.

Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan, who was asked about the position on Thursday afternoon:

“I am totally happy here. I love it here. I love the guys I work with every day. I love our staff, the organization. As far as I’m concerned, my commitment is totally here and doing the best job I can while I’m here.”

Boston coach Brad Stevens, who shot down the possibility of a move to Indiana on Friday:

“I don’t speak to the rumor mill or anything else, but I’ve made it pretty clear I’m going to be here. I’ve been asked about that quite a bit and my answer will be the same — I’m going to be here until the Celtics decide they want to move in another direction,” he said before last night’s game against Brooklyn.

“Maybe a little bit,” he said of whether he hears from people back home at a time like this. “One thing about it — I grew up in that state and spend a lot of time down there. I certainly love the state of Indiana and what basketball means in that state. IU means a lot to the people in that state. I was no different as a kid, but again, I’ll be here. Doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of the teams in the state — I root for one a heck of a lot more than the rest.”

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  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Just busting your chops–I tend to agree with your point, but…

    Doesn’t one year of the typical IU head coaching salary ensure that the current and a few future generations of the family of the coach will be made financially secure.

    I would quit whatever I’m doing right now for the opportunity to make $3+ million in a single year, even if I get fired and run out of a town.

    I would not have to work after that!

  • pcantidote

    I don’t know what your sudden hostility is about, but it is inappropriate and misguided. You’ve been presented with plenty of reasons too why an absolute “He isn’t coming” statement is ridiculous. I’m not angry that you don’t agree with me and I haven’t called you any names. I’ve merely highlighted the holes in your statements. Surely you can handle that.

  • sams212

    It’s hard to recruit when you can’t guarantee a kid you are recruiting you will be there the whole time. Kids commit to coaches, not programs.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Wow. If asinine hadn’t already been said…

    I’m not going to bother putting effort into my response here. You can find another post I have done so, but Glass has presided over arguably the best 8-year run of IU Athletics in the last 30 years or so.

    Do you know the last time IU made the College World Series before Glass?
    How about you look up donor participation?
    Heard of Cook Hall? The Cuban media stuff? Simon-Skodjkdlgt? (whatever it is)

    The point is, the bases are loaded. Literally EVERYTHING is in place for a grand slam. And as many have suggested, Glass may very well already have a handshake deal or something that has made him bold enough to proceed with this decision.

    And even if you disregard everything I’ve said, if he nails this coaching change, he will instantly move into A- or better territory…

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I wasn’t saying I agreed with Mark. Just stating that I understand his position (which he openly wondered if he was expressing well or not).

    For the record, I see where he is coming from, but I don’t share the same reservation. It wouldn’t bother me at all.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I would say that you are too kind…plus, I’ve amended it already. So maybe I’m just good at fooling some people? 🙂

  • HardWoodFloors

    “And even if you disregard everything I’ve said, if he nails this coaching change, he will instantly move into A- or better territory…”

    if …

    3 years before an answer …

    Again, Belein, Painter and Gard are still playing and they are the type of coaches Glass ignores.

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  • Hoosier Hall

    Dana Altman? Seems to recruit pretty well and has been winning a lot the past 3 or 4 years.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m really liking White the more I see him. Has a good shot at a FF this year if he gets past Wisconsin.

  • Veritas238

    What do you mean “ignore?”

  • HardWoodFloors

    Not cool enough

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    That’s a good point. What if Florida makes the FF this year? Does that vault White up the board? Equally, does that make it LESS likely that FL allows him to leave (ponies up more money) or that he’d be interested in leaving?

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    He’s a good coach, but the more I have looked at him, I don’t think he’s the right fit. For starters, he is 58, so we’d be going through this process again a lot sooner than we’d like. Secondly, while he’s done pretty well at Oregon, his overall resume isn’t very strong. I think he’s a pass.

  • Creek0512

    Look at Jay Wright’s record at Villanova, he never would have survived long enough at Indiana to win a National Championship in his 15th season. In the last 8 seasons, last year’s Championship team is the only year Villanova has played in the 2nd week of the NCAA. In 4 of the last 8 seaons, Villanova has lost in the 2nd round as either a 1 or 2-seed.

  • Creek0512

    There is one rule in college sports, and that is the coach is the program. Hire the right coach and you’re “elite”, hire the wrong coach and you’re not. Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas are “elite” because they are coached by Krzyzewski, Williams, Calipari, and Self.

    Great basketball coaches like Brad Stevens, Mark Few, Billy Donovan, Greg Marshall, Shaka Smart, didn’t need to coach at an “elite” program to be successful, they made their own success. For a coach, the difference is an “elite” program pays an elite salary, and can assist in recruiting better players due to more money for assistant coaches and facilities.

  • HoosierEconomist

    In retrospect, Archie’s response dominates everyone else’s. In that moment he was concerned with one thing only, his team. Nothing more Indiana than that.