Five takeaways from Archie Miller’s introductory press conference

  • 03/27/2017 4:55 pm in

Archie Miller was introduced as the 29th basketball coach in Indiana University history on Monday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from Miller’s introductory press conference:

· Miller has a clear vision for what he wants to build: In the press release issued on Saturday announcing his hiring, Miller called Indiana a “destination job.”

On Monday afternoon, he laid out his vision for the program’s future. It was direct without any window dressing. Miller wants to embrace the past, future and present and build a culture of accountability and toughness.

Here’s how Miller will define an Indiana player under his leadership:

They’ll embrace high standards both in the classroom, on the basketball court; they’ll compete for excellence in both,” he said. “Represent yourself, your family, and Indiana University in a first-class manner at all times. Tell the truth, and make no excuses, regardless of the circumstances. Respect your teammates, take responsibility for their well-being and treat them as family. Understand our team’s attacking mentality. Pursue relentlessly a competitive edge in all that you do in our program, and focus on team goals more than individual goals. Know your role on our team and take great pride in it.”

· An aggressive approach to recruiting: Indiana has faltered in terms of recruiting within the state in recent years. It was an Achilles heel in the final years of Tom Crean’s tenure in Bloomington.

Miller wants to change that.

His vision is making Indiana the destination program for kids who grow up in the state. How does he plan to accomplish that? A deep dedication to doing so. He called it the “inside-out” approach.

“The inside-out approach means that we have to dedicate ourselves to the high school coaches in this state, the high school talent in this state, the grass-roots programs in this state, and they must feel like they’re being dominated by Indiana University,” he explained. “You’re not going to get every player; you understand that. But if we want them, we should have a great chance of getting them because of the commitment level that we’re putting forth 24 hours a day at home.”

· Miller is taking ownership of the current roster: One of Miller’s biggest tasks in the coming weeks is solidifying his roster for next season.

The reality in any coaching change is that there isn’t always an alignment between the current players and the new coaching staff. Miller knows it’s going to take time, but also believes that things have gotten off to a good start so far.

“There’s only one of me right now, but as these guys know, I’ve already had a lot of conversations on the way,” Miller explained. “We’re going to start having a lot of conversations as we keep moving forward. I have to invest in their families. I have to invest in the important people in their lives, and like I told them, I didn’t recruit you, but you’re mine, so at that point, if you’re mine, then you have to do everything in my power to make sure that you understand there’s great belief and value in you here.”

· Miller discussed potential for a series with Arizona and Kentucky: Along with stating that he will build his non-conference schedules with NCAA tournament seeding in mind, Miller didn’t discount the possibility of renewing the series with Kentucky or starting a new one with Arizona, where his brother Sean coaches.

Non-conference scheduling was a sore spot for Indiana fans in recent seasons, but Miller believes that it’s the one of the most important responsibilities he has.

“You know, you have to be the master of creating a non-conference schedule that, one, creates great excitement with your fans; two, challenges you at the highest level as you enter the Big Ten; and three, puts you in a non-conference résumé that stacks up with the best teams in college basketball,” he said. “That’s what will be our goal.”

· It’s possible that his coaching staff will have an Indiana tie-in: The notion that Indiana needed to hire an “Indiana guy” was always misguided, but does Miller think it could be important to have someone with ties to the state on his staff?

Miller talked a lot about building a cohesive staff first and foremost, but also didn’t dismiss the possibility of adding someone with ties to the state.

“I think both could play a part,” Miller said. “The most important thing as a team are coaches. You’d better have a team of coaches if you want to have a great team. You have to have an unbelievable commitment to one another. You have to be completely united, and the message is always the same, and if that group is working like that, regardless of where they’re from, the current players, the guys on your team, are going to give great effort and they’re going to get better.”

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  • Arch Puddington

    What a ridiculous exchange. You misinterpreted my comment, and even after I told you explicitly what I meant — indeed, even after multiple other posters responded to my comment exactly in keeping with the spirit in which I intended it — you continue to insist that you know what I REALLY meant. So apparently you think that I am not only a spreader of rumors, but a liar.

    That’s a lot to take away from a simple question. I would point out that even if I HAD “implied” that CTC’s roster management had contributed to his roster problems — heck, even if I had openly asserted it — that still wouldn’t constitute whatever it is you are accusing me of. His recruiting problems were real, enough so to contribute to his termination. There have been lots of theories offered on that topic, so anything you think I meant would just have been in that spirit. If I had made some unfounded charge about CTC’s conduct (i.e., accused him of something specific without reason), then perhaps a rebuff would have been in order. All I did was wonder if CM’s comments about roster management offered any insight into a problem we all know existed. It was, and is, a fair question, and I am mystified that you have made it into something bigger and more sinister.

  • pcantidote

    Agreed, I don’t know the “why”, I just know the results which make it clear there is SOME issue.

    And, uh, no. Proof is in the pudding is called shorthand, which surely you recognize is common on a message board. Your take would be like me telling you that your use of BTW is wrong. Well of course it is literally wrong, but it is not at all like moot/mute. In that case mute is just plain wrong. In this case it is shorthand for the proof in the pudding is in the eating. Big difference.

  • IULore

    Cal is the reason we aren’t playing UK anymore….

  • HoosierBballNut

    The Indiana Basketball facebook page has a link to the video interview 🙂

  • Brad

    That’s not exactly true. Kentucky wants to do neutral site games and we want to do alternating home games. I think we should work out a deal to do both to make both sides happy and that is exactly what Fred and Archie sound committed to do. Crean was stubborn and wouldn’t budge on anything, that’s why the series was cancelled. Do you really think a team that contends nationally every year like UK is afraid to play us? They played UCLA, MSU, UL, UNC, and Kansas in non conf.

  • Brad

    This is a major improvement over Crean. You have a guy that is committed to fundamental basketball and is speaks plainly and clearly. No fancy talk of Awareness and deflections and all that non sense. He may not be an “Indiana Guy”, but he has a lot of Indiana values and how we approach the game and what we expect from our teams. Archie wasn’t my first choice, but I fully support him and what he wants to accomplish unless he gives me a reason not to, like Crean did. This is the most optimistic I’ve felt about our program in several years. GO IU!

  • TomJameson

    Yes, I agree with how you said that. Don’t know why, but it’s clear there is some issue …. or many.

    I’m sorry, even though it looked like it I wasn’t really trying to call you out on any grammar type stuff. I am not the grammar police, it’s just a pet peeve of mine. Usually I keep it under control, but now and then it escapes in a “correction” that just shows up. 🙂 I apologize if I hit a nerve.

    You are correct also in that … “the traditional form of the proverb, at least for the last few hundred years, has been “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” That makes sense; it means you can’t judge something until you’ve tried it.”

    But I am confuse as to why you think “BTW” (by the way) is wrong?

  • pcantidote

    No nerves hit. I like for the way I think to be challenged.

    I don’t literally think BTW is wrong. I was just comparing your shorthand for “by the way” with my shorthand for the pudding expression to illustrate the point that neither is wrong.

  • Ole Man


  • HoosierEconomist

    All the rumors pertaining to his “offer” were coming from his camp.

    By leaking false information in order to increase his chances of getting the job, Alford showed us who he really was and what he was willing to do to get his way.

    Very unprofessional. Grateful we didn’t hire him!

  • Chet

    Well, that should piss him off adequately.

  • It’s gotta be Archie then, right?

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Fair enough. haha